A look at the Nürburgring from 1955

Geoff Duke drives the Nurburgring in 1955

Geoff Duke was a multiple world championship motorbike rider who achieved his success in the 1950s. Here, he takes us for a lap of the Nürburgring on four wheels ahead of the 1955 German Motorcycle Grand Prix, which he duly won.

Forget the most obvious changes, such as the lack of armco, just look at how dodgy the tarmac is in places!

[Thanks to Tiaan & Obi for the tips]

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VIDEO: Nordschleife wet lap guide for FWDs

Dale Lomas shows his wet lines for FWDs around the Nurburgring

Have you got a front-wheel drive car and don’t know the best lines to take on a wet Nürburgring Nordschelife? If so, Dale Lomas is your friend. Check out his video below, filmed onboard in his new Seat Leon ST Cupra wagon, explaining where the grip is, just as importantly, where the grip isn’t.

If you’re new to the Ring, remember, guys like like Dale have countless hours of experience on this track. If you find yourself driving in the wet for your first laps of the Nordschleife drive well within your limits.

Even with Dale’s experience and track knowledge he found himself fighting the wheel more than once as he discovered the grip he was expecting wasn’t always there.

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Day 1 for every new car should include a TF lap

Dale Lomas with his new Seat Leon ST Cupra 280

Dale Lomas from Bridge to Gantry just bought himself a new car. And, as you would, on day one of ownership he took it out on the Nordschleife for a spin. Well, he doesn’t literally spin his new car, of course.

The car in question is a Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 estate. Very cool on two fronts: one because it’s a fast euro estate (the coolest cars on the planet) and two because it’s a funky Seat, which we don’t get here in Australia.

Oh yeah, that Harry’s Lap Timer setup seems pretty cool too, even advising of a yellow flag via the mobile phone app.

Settle in and enjoy the lap.

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Chris Harris and the Aston Martin GT12

Chris Harris, Aston Martin GT12, 2015 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Chris Harris and his cameraman Neil Carey take us deep into the world of the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race. The star of the show is the production-based Aston Martin GT12.

“Watching a car being driven fast around here is one of the great spectator experiences,” claims Harris.

I believe him.

I’m yet to watch an N24, but I have seen cars be tested within an inch of their life during Industry Pool sessions. It is a pleasure to watch. Witnessing a grid full of GT3 cars fighting for every inch of tarmac would be awe inspiring.

Enjoy this clip. It’s a good one. And how awesome does that GT12 sound!

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Bored with F1, then watch this!

2015 N24h, Busch Motorsport Audi R8 LMS

The Austrian Grand Prix is currently on and for Red Bull and McLaren it’s become a penalty shoot out with all cars being sent to the back of the grid. Three of them are also being sent into the pits for further penalties. All this is a result of using too many engine components and the complicated penalties within the sporting regulations.

All of a sudden the speed limits in place during the 24 hour race don’t seem too bad. Here’s two on board laps that may well keep your attention better than the action in Spielberg.

The first is from the #16 Audi R8 LMS, while the second was filmed onboard the #44 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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Nürburgring goes off the record

Looking over Quiddelbacher Hohe to Flugplatz accident site, April 2015

The fallout from the tragic accident at the Nürburgring in the VLN1 race back in March has continued with the track’s owners, capricorn Nürburgring GmbH, deciding to extend the speed limits initially introduced for motorsport only to all Nordschleife track activites.

That means all Touristenfahrten days will have speed limits. All private track days will have speed limits. And all industry pool days will have speed limits.

Capricorn has still gone one step further by officially banning any new attempts at lap records. This statement was issued late last week:

“Following the tragic accident on 28 March 2015, the German motorsport association (DMSB) introduced speed limits for races at the Nürburgring. capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH has decided to extend these speed limits to other activities on the Nordschleife, which is why record drives are currently not permitted on the Nürburgring Nordschleife,” said Carsten Schumacher, CEO of capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH.

The VLN accident happened at the entry to the Flugplatz right hander where a Nissan GT-R got airborne over the Quiddelbacher Hohe “jump” and crashed into the crowd killing one spectator.

The image above was taken in late April looking at Quiddelbacher Hohe, with the entry to Flugplatz over the crest. Workers were modifying the fences around the spectator area ahead of the VLN2 race.

A 200km/h speed limit applies from Hocheichen to Flugplatz (all activities).

A 250km/h speed limit applies from Flugplatz to Schwedenkreuz (all activities).

The usual 90–50km/h speed limits apply on the approach to the Breidscheid Bridge track entry (TF only).

A 250km/h speed limit applies on the main Döttinger Hohe straight, from the “gantry” to Antoniusbusche (all activities).

The initial introduction of speed limits for VLN competition, including the Nürburgring 24 hour race, was hoped to have been an introductory measure that was able to be brought in relatively quickly while a longer term solution was developed.

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