Ever take your classic to the Nurburgring?

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MrBenovich
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Im curious on this point. I go across 2 or 3 times a year and often see a number of classics tackling the circuit. Two key memories spring to mind of a toop of Messerschmitts driving in formation around the track, and one year of meeting a group of chaps (fellow C&SC readers in fact!) in eclectic mix of metal - AC Cobra, Maserati Ghibli, pre-war Lagonda, Lamborghini Espada, and a Porsche 911T. Anyone else out there venture over there?

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Yep, i took my Mini out there 2 years ago... it was fantastic!

Here we are on the Carousel!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/darren_curtis/3529330044/in/set-72157617956...

 

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Hi Darren,I've been around Brands several times (once in my own Fiat 127 Sport Abarth)but apart from Snetterton,in a Formula First(not 1) that is my lot with circuits-Your shots are great and clearly well worth the pilgrimage to Germany for yu al.

Even if my health permitted there would be no way I would consider going round that track on a bike either.

Anyway nice to get a taste of the excitement from my armchair, cheers GAv

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A future Poor Boys Tour for the C&SC team for sure, but there are so many things we want to do. Mont Ventoux is probably top of the list at the moment, from my point of view anyway.

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James Elliott wrote:

A future Poor Boys Tour for the C&SC team for sure, but there are so many things we want to do. Mont Ventoux is probably top of the list at the moment, from my point of view anyway.

Highly recommended, but maybe in something with a bit more grunt than Mick Walsh's rented Twingo. And not this time of year, once the Mistral picks up it is too painful - Ventoux is French for windy which is why nothing grows on the higher parts. But then France does have more than it's share of great roads, and would be a fine destination for the Poor Boys.

Nurburgring looks like it is always a bit crowded these days, certainly all the film I have seen, or are there some days worse than others?

Chris M.

 

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I guess it's something you need to tick off the list but I've been a few times over the years and come to the conclusion it's not really something I want to repeat. With the increase in speeds and modern car handling, if driving around in an old car doesn't scare you witless there's something wrong with you.

If you can get on a classics only private day then it's fine but having Porsche, Evos, M3s and bikes at racing speeds zipping past is just asking for trouble. no run off area, loads of armco, and no possible way of remembering the corners all leads to tears. Personnally I'd rather go to any good French circuit, Mas-du-Clos, L'Anneau du Rhin, Paul Ricard or Italy Monza or Imola all brilliant and all safe.

The kind of thing in this old film happens everyday, one lapse of concentration (it doesn't have to be yours) and you can wipe out your car, or alot more.

http://youtu.be/YZb7sbRFCF0

P.S. If you go you'll see spectators gathering at particular corners, that just because they know it's a tricky one and it's only a short wait until some one goes flying into the barriers.

 

 

 

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Re When is it best to go to Ring ?

Summer weekends when track open all day for Touristenfahrt driving it is horrendously packed and there are also many track closures

due to incidents.You need to go on a weekday evening session especially slightly out of season.Check websites with copies of official Ring

calendars,Bridge to Gantry is one i use,or Ben Lovejoy.

I have been to Ring 5 times in 5 yearsin a 23 yo Escort Rs1600i and an Escort RS Cosworth.

Top tip,never time your laps like Top Gear rattle on about,chasing a time ends in tears..

 

 

 

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A few of us did it 11 years ago after going across for the TVR Car Club Holland's Continental meeting at Zolder. As we waited for the track to open we watched 3 Diablos pull in, and a young German lad swapping the wheels on his Impreza for a set of slicks. At this point it dawned on us that maybe it was a little too serious for us - I have never seen so many anxious faces. Anyway, we each bought 2 laps and went out for some fun, agreeing to drive within our limits, concentrate on the mirrors, and take our cars home. It is an incredible experience and one I am glad I have done, but it is best leaving timed laps to the locals in trick BMWs and EVOs. My 1978 Taimar coped admirably, but I didn't dare put it down the Karussell for fear of removing the front air intake, exhaust system etc...

We went back the following year too, and I guess some time when I go to Zolder in my 3000S turbo I shall take the opportunity for a couple of laps.

Oliver.

 

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Curently gracing the back of my old volvo and still bringing a smile to my face after all this time...

Neverbeen

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Yes!  took my 1934 Lagonda there a couple of years ago when on holiday.  The 17 minute lap time was not too impressive but I did get up to almost 70 at one point.  You need to keep your eyes open for fast approaching Porsches etc as that tiny dot becomes a car VERY quickly.  The motor bikes are just suicidal and even more difficult to see as they hit 180 plus in places.  Good fun though and well worth going to the pits even if you don't do a lap as some of the machinery there is pretty special.

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redbarnman - perhaps you were the very fellow I saw at the 'ring in your Lagonda together with a chap in a Cobra. I recall chatting to you outside the Pistenklause and you mentioned your car had been featured in an issue of Classic & Sports Car a few years back...