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24 Hours of Nürburgring

Everything You Need For Watching the 2018 24 Hours of Nürburgring

I’m getting ready to get on a plane and head over to The Nürburgring for the ADAC/Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Here’s some information for those that want to play along at home. I call it Everything You Need For Watching the 2018 24 Hours of Nürburgring!

International Livestream
First you have to get the feed from the race. Luckily there has been excellent English language commentary from Radio LeMans on the international stream. I’ve not seen links posted yet, but they typically use YouTube, so searching on “2018 Nürburgring 24” will likely get you the feed your looking for. Links may go up later in the week on The Nürburgring official site and the ADAC/Zurich 24 Hour Race official site (Note that the German site is more frequently updated, so I linked to that but you can click on the flag icon in the upper right corner of the site to switch to English).

Race Start
The race starts Saturday, May 12 at 3:30PM Central European Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time in the US, so it starts at 9:30AM here on the East Coast. As the name of the race suggests, it will run for 24 hours until 3:30PM Central European Time on Sunday, May 13. Read more

Just Go Watch “7:01” The Documentary About The Private Viper Nürburgring Record Attempt

Like the title says, just go watch “7:01” the documentary about the private Viper Nürburgring record attempt!

If you’re reading this, you need to spend 24 minutes watching this video. Do you like cars? Do you like The Nürburgring? Do you like underdogs? Do you have a pulse? If you answered any of these questions with a “yes”, then you need to watch this video.

The production value is high and some of the shots are simply gorgeous. It’s a great story that gives you a bit more appreciation for the effort required to land a lap record especially when you’re not a big manufacturer like Mercedes, Porsche or BMW.

Dale Lomas from Bridge to Gantry was a big supporter and gets some camera time as well. It’s well worth your time to check this out!

 

5 Nurburgring Photographers To Follow On Instagram

I’ve said it before, winter is tough for Nurburgring enthusiasts. There’s no lapping of our beloved Ring in either public, Touristenfahrten sessions or private track days until the spring thaw comes to the Eifel mountains. Until then, we have to find other ways to feed our Nurburgring addiction. You could do worse things than browse the feeds of these 5 Nurburgring photographers to follow on Instagram!

I’m starting with Sebastian Bartl who is an official Nurburgring photographer and has some truly stunning work on Instagram:

Next up is Tom Stamp who is the Media Manager at Apex Nurburgring:

Matthias Mannheim, a photographer from the Cologne area, has some nice work, especially of the N24 race each year:

Another Mannheim with some great racing photos is Hendrik Mannheim:

Last, but not least, for this installment of the list is Laura Brunnenmeister from RingPix:

I hope adding these photographers to your Instagram feeds will help you make it through the winter and bring a little extra Nurburgring beauty to you every day!

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2017 Nürburgring Highlights Reel

Christmas is behind us and 2018 is on the horizon. It’s a good time to reflect on 2017 and what better way than with some 2017 Nürburgring highlights?

The folks over at the Auto Addiction YouTube channel have a nice video of 2017 Nürburgring highlights and it’s not just crashes at Brünnchen. Watch the whole thing for baby seats in McLarens, bare asses mooning the crowd and hearses doing laps!

If you do want a crash compilation, Auto Addiction has you covered there too with an entire hour of them!

Finally, if you want to see those whose luck didn’t run out in 2017, check out their near misses video.

TIL: The Nürburgring Played A Role in Cycling History

You read that right. The Nüburgring played a role in cycling history. That’s not motorcycling or motorcycle racing, it’s bicycle racing.

 

Given that the track is 90 years old, there’s always something new to learn about its place in history. I’m always eager to find out more about its place in motorsport history, the local impact of the track and so forth.

 

Sure, I know about Rad am Ring, the annual bicycle outing on the Nordschleife, but I was not aware that the 1927 UCI world championship was there. Find the details with some nice historic photos on Rouler’s site.

Gearing Up For The 2017 VLN Season

All the teams are gearing up for the 2017 VLN season and Dale from Bridge To Gantry and Ring Taxi fame has a post about this weekend’s testing.

This should be an awesome season if you have to follow most of the races via the livestream as English will be available for all races this year as I’d previously mentioned.

The first race is this coming Saturday, March 25. We’ll have more detail with direct links in a subsequent post, but you should be able to access the stream a bit before the race starts at 7:00 AM EDT from the VLN site.

I’m rooting for Dale, Luke and all of #teambtg in their new GT-86 as well as Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen over at Frikadelli Racing!

I hope to get to at least one race of the 2017 VLN season in person. In 2015 we went to the 24 hour race and last year we were at VLN 4. More to come on that.

If you want to read more about VLN, ADAC, etc. see our previous post on that topic. Also, we’ve posted previously on watching VLN races over the internet before too.

All The Best Nürburgring Tribes (So Far)

So you’ve heard about Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new venture at this point. No, not The Grand Tour on Amazon, but their new auto enthusiast social network, DriveTribe. If you haven’t already joined the Green Hell Guides tribe, by all means, do so!

Once you’ve done that, here are the other best Nürburgring tribes currently on DriveTribe:

  • Bridge to Gantry: Dale Lomas of the popular Bridge to Gantry blog and Ring Taxi fame has his tribe all set up.
  • Nür: Chris Enright has established a quality community already of solid Nürburgring content.
  • Nürburgring Now: the fine folks behind this popular website have their tribe up and running as well.
  • Northloopers: this community from the UK is active on DriveTribe.
  • Skylimit Events: the well known organizer of drift and track day events at The Nürburgring, Zolder and Spa is here too.
  • Nürburgring Nordsch-Life: with a focus photos and viewing spots this one deserves a to be in your list of tribes as well.

There you go, so have at it! It’s easy to sign up now that no code is required.