Nurburgring (The Green Hell)

A Brief History of the Track itself.

Up to 1927, There was actually no permanent racing circuit in Germany

In 1907 the first race in germany was the Kaisrepreis. This came about after a Mercedes won a race and Germany was obliged to hold a return race for the Gordon Bennet Trophy.

This led to the idea of some manufacturer proving grounds being implemented, though these ideas did not ome to fruition due to the start of the First World War.

Nothing really took a hold until around 1921 when the ideas where agin surfacing to have a facility within Germany. This was not actually in the nurburgring area but in the eastern city of Berlin and in the stutgart area. Much like Le Mans and Spa it utilised public roads.

In 1925 Dr Otto Creuz conceived the idea of a permanent track within Germany. This would be the countries first dedicated race circuit/test track.
With help from various agencies. Motor clubs and the Mayor of Cologne the conception and funding was appropriated. within that year the first foundations of the track were laid.

Like Le Mans and Spa the track was vast in its proportions, totalling some 17 miles of circuit the concept was to have two sections for the track and that is where the Sudschliefe and Nordschliefe were born. The Sudschliefe was built to about 4.8 miles in length and the rest of the the track was what would become the Nordschliefe and came in at 14.2 miles.

The circuit was constructed by different contractors in four stages, The first finished in 1926 this being the Nordschleife. The year after this the rest was completed this being the Sudschleife and Steilstrecke.The Construction costs totalled some 15 million Marks

The circuit included a full setup of Grandstands, Paddock, and various other facilities making it an impressive construction.

The first race at the track was held in 1927, and just after this hosted its first ever Grand Prix.

During the second world war the track was in the hands of the German miltary. During this time the track was inevitabley damage by the war with major damage to the track and the facilities. It wasnt used again until it reopened in 1948, with racing starting again a year later. It did not host any Grand Prix again until the start of the 1950's.
By the 1960's though it was becoming apparent of the dangerous nature of the track and that with the ever increasing speeds of the cars somethig would need to be done as to the safety of drivers.

In the 1970's the track underwent major chnages to add these said safety features with installation of barriers and the track being chnaged to iron out some of the bumpier sections.

The final Grand Prix held at the Nordschlife track was in 1976 which will forever be in the motorsport history books for the events that took place there when Niki Lauda suffered a near fatal crash. Sportscar racing continued on the full circuit even though Formula 1 had stopped using it. the final race on the OLD nordschliefe was in 1982, before major construction work started to alter the track and facilities.

The new Grand Prix circuit was open in May 1984 after just two years work to build it. The endurance races and the 24 hour continued to to use the full circuit. By 2000 a new complex had been built in the form of new pits and better facilities. This was to enable better use by the 24 hour race teams which does get a vast number of entries for it.

2002 saw the changes made to incorprate the Merecdes Arena and the further chnage smade to revise the track were completed the following year

Courtesy: Wikipedia.
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The Nürburgring is located in Rhineland-Palatinate in the heart of Germany. The closest major airports are Cologne / Bonn (82 km or 60 minutes drive away) and Hahn (95km and around 95 minutes drive away).

Arriving by car is by far and away the easiest way to access the Nürburgring. Recommended routes are:

  • Driving from Cologne: A1 to end of motorway
  • Driving from Trier or Luxemburg: A48 to motorway exit Ulmen
  • Driving from Koblenz or Bonn: A61 to motorway exit Wehr
  • On race and event days, follow directions as signposted near to the circuit and listen out for traffic announcements on Radio Nürburgring (UKW 87.7) and Radio RPR (UKW 103.5).

    Public transport is not generally to be recommended, as it will usually involved a combination of several train and bus rides. Be prepared for it to take much longer than driving direct.

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    Auto Lieder Teile Haupstrasse 207, Adenau 53518 +49 2691 2442
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    Nurburgring Rental Ringstrasse 5, 53518 Quiddelbach +49 151 1942 6866
    Jaco's Paddock Hauptstrasse 6 53534 Barweiler +49 2691 93 31 14
    RSR Nurburg Antoniusweg 1a, 53520 Nurburg +49 2691 931 952
    Ring Speed Motorsport Hauptstrasse 15, 53520 Meuspath +49 151 1943 6255
    Ring Garage Hauptstrasse. 17, 53539 Zermullen +49 179 650 8763 Hauptstrasse 9, 53518 Adenau +49 1609 587 1768
    Big garage Nurburgring Nurburgring Grand-Prix Strecke 2, 53520 Nurburg, Germany +49 1516 5243672

    Mundorf Tankstelle Nurburgring, Otto-Flimm-Str., 53520 Nurburg, Germany +49 2691 3024217
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    Aral Trierer Str. 1, 53518 Adenau, Germany +49 2691 433
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