Imagine the time, travel, dedication and money that goes into a successful Nürburgring 24-hour entry. Then imagine that the weather does this to you, just 3 laps into the biggest race of the year…
Even if you live-streamed the whole Nürburgring 24-hour, and didn’t even blink once, you should STILL watch this highlights reel, because it’s EPIC.
Hey BTGers, it’s been a busy couple of days here at the Nordschleife, but we’re finally ready for the biggest race of the year: the 2016 Nürburgring 24 hour!
And this is how you can follow the race, with livestreams, social media, and more!
We’re living in exciting times as conventional media (television, magazines, even ‘plain old’ websites) struggle to keep up with social media. And over the next few days I’ll be posting a few options for you guys to follow the 24hrs of Nürburgring, and here’s the first one.
(To be honest, I’m insanely jealous of this, and I wish we had it for our little Milltek Fiesta)
Sitting in my office yesterday lunchtime, considering food, watching the snowflakes swirling past the window, I hear the bark of a flat-six starting up. A mini-crescendo that tails off quickly to a fast idle as a Porsche race-car warms up.
Then another one. And another. And another….
Now that’s not too unusual when your office is next to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but this is February, remember? We’re nearly two months away from the first race. Like a nosey old woman, I poke my head out of the window to see what’s going on.
German broadcaster RTL Nitro has signed a deal to stream the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour race in it’s entirety for the first time ever.
The official press release (in German) cites that the program will run for 26-hours and be available over the “Free TV’ services in Germany including Digital Satellite and Cable TV.
If you’ve not seen this video yet, sit down and grab a cup of tea/coffee/whatever and get comfy. Ten years ago I featured this on the front-page of BTG and it was a massive hit. And that last corner?! Holy crap… Continue reading VIDEO: EPIC last-lap battle from 2006 Fiesta ST Cup
If you want to race on the world’s longest and most dangerous permanent racetrack, it’s not as simple as picking up your racing license and driving over to the ‘Ring. Not any more.
The Nordschleife Permit system was introduced last year to prevent inexperienced amateurs from stepping into super-fast racing cars and putting everybody at risk.
Unfortunately the DMSB were allowing exemptions for certain high-grade licenses, and it left the new system open to abuse.
It appears that the loop hole has now been closed… no paying a third-world country club for your Int. B license then short-cutting into a GT3… not anymore! Continue reading DMSB release NEW 2016 Nordschleife Permit rules
These are the provisional dates of all the race meetings in 2016 that will use the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
From the amateur competition in GLP, with street-legal cars, all the way through RCN, Oldtimers & Youngtimers, to the VLN and N24 programme, it’s all in the table at the bottom of the page.
You can also check the official websites here for more information
You might want to call me a nostalgic fool, but I just love watching these old N24 videos. They’re full of real production-based tin-top racing.
This gem from 1994 is full of BMW E36s, a few E30s and some really cool Ford Sierras and Opel Astras. Check out the centre-locks on the FINA E36!
It’s not that I dislike GT3 cars, I’ve driven them, raced against them, and think they’re generally awesome. I just don’t think they belong in the same grid as Toyota GT86s and BMW 325s. Continue reading VIDEO: Hello? Is that 1994? Can we have our N24 back please?