Happy New Year, Nürburgring fans! Winter is still upon us. It’s a good time to look forward to 2018 trips to The Ring, fondly recall past trips and drive virtual laps to tide us over until the spring. While reviewing 2017, I’ve decided to make some changes at Green Hell Guides.
These changes impact the types of services we provide our clients, but not the customer focus and quality that they’ve come to expect! So that we can concentrate all our efforts on personalized tours, we’re discontinuing our teleconference-based trip consulting sessions and our single itinerary public group tours.
This gives us the opportunity to provide the greatest level of personal attention to our clients that engage us for the perfect Nürburgring vacation. Please do contact us with any and all questions about your potential Nürburgring trips and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and customize an itinerary that best suits your preferences and budget.
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I’ve updated our services and prices page accordingly. You may also notice a few other visual and content changes as we spruce things up for the new year. Here’s to a safe and fun year at The Nürburgring in 2018! I can’t wait to see you at the track!
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.
There’s quite a bit new here at Green Hell Guides.
First up, those who follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram may have noticed our new logo as seen above. I decided it was time for a change from the image we’d been using on our business cards, shirts, etc. This new logo is meant to be a nod to classic US National Park patches on ranger uniforms, the classic Nürburgring logo and the Faszination Nürburgring logo. Looking at them below hopefully you can see the influence.
I also added a new slogan to the bottom- “Master – Respect – Preserve”. This echoes our philosophy about the Nürburgring. We strive to master it, but always respect it- lest it bite you! Finally, we are always concerned with preserving it for future generations of enthusiasts and ensuring its ongoing viability for both enthusiasts and the locals that depend on it for their livelihood.
Next up, I wanted to make everyone aware of an upcoming tour in May, 2018 for the 24 hour race. This is our first scheduled 2018 tour. It’s the perfect 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation2018 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation2018 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation! We have a handful of spots available at this point, so contact [email protected] if you’re interested in details and pricing.
The current itinerary includes the 24 hour race, taxi laps, driving during public laps, a day trip to the Porsche and Mercedes museums, a road tour and a stop at Spa Francorchamps. As always, it will be an epic automotive adventure!
Finally, you may have noticed that our blog posts have some Amazon links to the right (or at the bottom on smartphones). These are handpicked Nürburgring products I think our followers will like and purchasing through these links does give Green Hell Guides a small commission. Please check these products out.
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.
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.
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.
You’ve heard of DriveTribe, right? It’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May’s new social network for automotive enthusiasts. Green Hell Guides is pleased to announce that we now have a tribe on DriveTribe. We’re just getting started, but all of you Nürburgring enthusiasts are invited. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how few or how many times you’ve been, come join other enthusiasts with a shared passion for everything Nürburgring!
DriveTribe goes live Monday, November 28 for the general public, so if you don’t have a pre-launch code, don’t despair. Just head over on Monday and join the party! Either way, join our tribe when you get there.
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I'd promised a Green Hell Guides 2016 tour report on our Green Hell Guides Facebook page a while ago, so here it is! You may recall that we were soliciting for candidates to join our June/July tours a couple of months ago. We have pictures and video below, so read on!
If you’re new to watching the ADAC Zurich 24h Nürburgring race this year, here’s a few teams and cars that you can follow to make it more engaging.
Who to Root For 24h Nürburgring 2016 Race:
- Frikadelli Racing / Porsche / Car #3 / SP9 class
This is the team that Sabine Schmitz races for with her boyfriend Klaus Abbelen. Patrick Huisman and Norbert Siedler round out the drivers of their Porsche 911 GT3 R
- Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus / SCG003C / Car #702 & Car #703 / SP-X class
Jim Glickenhaus is from New York and is a former film director. He is a noted car collector and his SCG003 cars are beautiful and impressive race cars.
- Milltek Sport / Ford Fiesta / Car #136 / SP2T class
Dale Lomas from BridgeToGantry and current Ring Taxi driver is racing here.
- Kissling Motorsport / Opel Manta / Car #122 / SP3 class
This is a fan favorite as they love to see the older Opel run with all the new GT3 cars.
- Haribo Racing Team AMG / Mercedes AMG GT3 / Car #8 & Car #88 / SP9 class
Like gummi bears? This is your team.
Get your English video feed here with commentary by Radio LeMans and the official live timing here.
The coverage of the Zurich ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour Race is in progress now, but the race starts at 10am EDT. Here’s the international coverage in English: