Archive for the ‘Nurburgring history’ Category

In the air up there!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Hans Stuck, BMW 3.0 CSL, 1974

Look at that! Now that is getting some air. Behind the wheel of the celebrated BMW 3.0 CSL is Hans Stuck. Who knew he could blend flying and driving at the same time!

It’s believed the photo was taken during the World Championship for Makes race held at the Nürburgring in 1974.

[Source: @classicracepics | Pic: John Dunbar, LAT Photographic]

The Nürburgring as it looked in 1967

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Nurburgring as it looked in 1967

Here’s a real treat for Nürburgring fans. It’s the Nordschleife as it looked in 1967. That’s 47 years ago now and already the track was 40 years old when these photos were taken.

According to a thread on reddit, where these popped up, the photos were taken by a guy named Jack Moody was was an engineeer with Porsche. They were old Kodachrome slides and have been scanned in by reddit user rexhardwick and we can’t thank him enough for his efforts. Make sure you click each image for a 2000px version as well.

We’ve labelled the pics as best as possible and left a question mark on sections we’re unsure about, feel free to correct any of the captions in the comments section below.

And, yes, like you we’ve also thought how cool it would be to compare these photos with current day images. Thankfully Dale Lomas from Bridge to Gantry had that thought too and you can see his comparison video after all the pics.

[Source: reddit]


1976 German GP: Art imitates life

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

1976 German GP footage v Rush movie

Here’s a series of side-by-side animated GIFs comparing actual footage from Niki Lauda’s crash in the 1976 German GP with footage from Ron Howard’s movie Rush.

As you can see the Hollywood recreation is eerily accurate. The crash sequence from the movie can be seen after the break along with two more comparison sequences.

[Source: imgur via wtf1 | Thanks to Mick for the tip]


Onboard with Derek Bell and the Porsche 956.007

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Derek Bell drives the Porsche 956 at the Nurburgring

Finally, we have some onboard footage of Derek Bell driving Stefan Bellof’s Porsche 956.007 around the Nordschleife. It joins the excellent clip from earlier this month showing the equally likeable Hans-Joachim Stuck driving the same car.

After the break you can ride with Bell on a bridge to gantry lap of the Ring. It’s a comparatively sedate ride, although Bell still gets around at a pretty respectable pace. Your day will be better for watching this!


VIDEO: Journey through time

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Porsche 956.007 at the Nurburgring

We thank Tim Hahne from Stereoscreen for bringing our attention to this video showing Hans-Joachim Stuck driving the legendary Porsche 956.007 at the Nürburgring. We thank Tim for two reasons, firstly because it’s a video he’s had a hand in, so we know it will be first class. But, mostly, we thank him because this is just such a cool story.

Chassis 007 is the car Stefan Bellof drove to a genuine Nürburgring lap record—6 minutes 11.13 seconds—in qualifying for the 1983 1000km race. Sadly, Bellof was taken away from us way too soon. And yet, seeing his legacy live on at the Ring, through footage like this and the naming of the Stefan-Bellof -S corner, is a small but fitting tribute to his talent.

This video, with commentary from Stuck, is another reminder of the great abilities of Bellof and the 956. It’s just a shame it only goes for a touch over three minutes. We could watch stuff like this for hours.


Derek Bell reunites with a Porsche 956 at the Ring

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Derek Bell at the wheel of a Porsche 956 on the Nurburgring

As part of the formalities for the naming of the Stefan-Bellof-S corner Porsche legend Derek Bell was on hand to drive the 956.007 around the Nürburgring. A teaser video has been posted to Facebook, with the promise of more to come.

In the meantime, why not check out the video after the break where Bell talks us through a lap of the Nordschleife filmed during practice for the 1983 1000km race. Incidentally, the lap time from Bell was 6:37, some time off Bellof’s 6:11 record, but it is believed to be the fastest full lap recorded on camera.

[Pic: Frozenspeed]

UPDATE: A number of amateur videos of Derek Bell’s Porsche 956 drive at the Nürburgring have been added below.


Stefan-Bellof-S named at the Nürburgring

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Stefan Bellof S, Nurburgring

A section of track at the Nürburgring previously known as Pflantzgarten II has been renamed the Stefan-Bellof-S. The new naming honours Stefan Bellof, who in 1983 drove a Porsche 956 and posted incredible lap time of 6:11.13 during qualifying for the 1983 1000km race.

To this day that lap stands as the fastest recorded time around the Nordschleife. The addition of his name to the famous track is a fitting tribute to Bellof who had the potential to be a Formula 1 world champion.

At just 27 years of age Bellof was tragically killed in an accident during the 1985 Spa 1000km race after his privately entered Porsche 956 made contact with Jacky Ickx, driving a works Porsche 962C, at Eau Rouge.

Bellof is just the second person to have his name officially recognised by a corner at the Nürburgring. The Karussell was renamed the Caracciola-Karussell after the German star was the first to use the lower bowl section of the corner, designed for drainage only, as part of the race track.

Official trailer for F1 movie ‘Rush’

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Trailer for F1 movie Rush

Around a year ago we reported on filming taking place on the Nordschleife for Ron Howard’s F1 movie Rush. Today we bring you the first official trailer of the film, which includes plenty of action from the Nürburgring.

From what we can see here the recreation of Niki Lauda’s crash looks to be very good. The rest of the movie, including the on-track action, also looks to have been made with respect to the era and great skill.


VIDEO: Niki Lauda’s crash recreated for ‘Rush’

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Niki Lauda's crashed recreated for Rush

Dale from Bridge to Gantry was on scene yesterday to record some genuine behind the scenes footage of the Ron Howard movie Rush. Watch the clip after the break.

Concentrating on the dramatic 1976 Formula One season, and the battle between Lauda and James Hunt for the world championship, Lauda’s crash will no doubt be central to the movie’s action.

Rush stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the James Hunt role and is due for release in 2013.

For more on Lauda’s game-changing accident, which ended F1 racing on the Nordschleife, check out our previous AUSringers article from 2008.

[Source: PistonHeads]

UPDATE 3 October 2013: A behind the scenes preview about this sequence from Rush has been added below.


W196 ‘Silver Arrows’ return to the Nordschleife

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Silver Arrows at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

The German Grand Prix is clearly a big event for manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz. It’s their home race and the history of the Nürburgring allows a great chance to maximise the marketing potential the F1 travelling circus brings.

A perfect opportunity, then, to bring out some old Silver Arrows for a run around the Nordschleife. Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg did just that getting behind the wheel of a pair of classic 1950s Mercedes-Benz W196 racecars.

Rosberg found himself driving the open wheel W196 which Juan Manuel Fangio drove to victory in the 1954 German Grand Prix held at the Nürburgring. Schumacher got one-on-one time with the streamliner ‘Monza’ W196, noted for its less nimble handling compared to the open wheeler.

The W196s were powered by a normally aspirated 2.5-litre straight 8 cylinder engine, producing a shade over 190kW (250hp) when they debuted. Subsequent development saw peak numbers as high as 230kW (310hp). They dominated the 1954 and 1955 seasons and delivered Fangio two of his five world championships.

After the break you can see a short video and more photos which can all be accessed at 2000px super image sizing.


1973 German Grand Prix

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

1973 German Grand Prix

Our daily twitter rounds landed us this cracking link to a YouTube video of the entire 1973 German Grand Prix. That’s right, all two hours and seven minutes of footage. So far we’ve only watched the first half hour or so and it’s an astonishing piece of film that is worth checking out.

The race was won by three time world champion Jackie Stewart in his Tyrell-Ford. That’s him on pole in the image above (car #5). As an added bonus we’ve also included another clip featuring Stewart talking us through some of the finer points of driving an 1970s F1 car around the Ring.


1957 Nürburgring 1000km race

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

1957 Nurburgring 1000km race

Click THIS LINK to see a fascinating clip from the 1957 Nürburgring 1000km race. It was just the third running of the race and victory was claimed by Tony Brooks and Noel Cunningham-Reid driving an Aston Martin DBR1.

Of course, it is amazing to see how much the scenery at the track has changed over the last 50-odd years. The screen grab above shows the entry to Pflantzgarten. After the break you can see that photo compared to a pic from Audi taken at this year’s 24 hour race.

The clip from the 1957 1000km race runs for 12 minutes, so get yourself settled and ready for some wonderful old skool footage.

[Thanks to Obi for the tip]