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VIDEO: Bike vs. Car, it’s ugly.

Now any collision between a ton-and-a-half of car and some poor bloke on a bike is going to be ugly.

But luckily for the biker, he lives to ride another day. If he feels like it…

…because from this angle I’ve got to say: damn, he really screwed that up.

Watch for yourself:

Points I would note, in no particular order:

  1. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is on the left side of the track, which is the correct side to overtake.
  2. The biker had panicked and is running wide. It’s arguable that he would have crashed whether or not the Porsche was there.
  3. No doubt the biker will point out that a Porsche passing on the outside is enough to put most people off their line.
  4. Lastly, passing in a corner is a really dodgy move. I’m not gonna say I’ve never done it, but passing a wobbly bike with inches to spare?

So with the benefit of perfect hindsight it becomes obvious that as the biker, it’s almost unnecessary to worry about who’s fault it is. Because tarmac hurts.

And as a car driver, leave plenty of room for bikers.

Schwedenkreuz proves it isn’t getting any easier

You’d think that with the proliferation of the internet and the reach of social media, that maybe the accident rate at the Nürburgring would slow down a little. That maybe, because most Nordschleife accidents are more widely viewed than ever before, visitors might be a little more cautious. Or at least, a little bit more aware of the consequences they face.

This BMW 5-series rolling over the fence into the forest at Schwedenkreuz sadly proves otherwise. Continue reading Schwedenkreuz proves it isn’t getting any easier

Easier and safer than before? The Nürburgring is OPEN for 2017

In a very pleasant surprise, the Nürburgring Nordschleife opened a whole week earlier than planned. Not only that, but the weather was also unusually warm and mild, with dark blue skies and some almost-warm sunshine!

This resulted in two full days of perfect lapping for those lucky enough to be able to react to the short-notice opening. Thanks to Racers Retreat Nürburg and their rental E36, that included me!

As previously mentioned, there have been some significant changes to the the Nürburgring for 2017, both on the Nordschleife itself and the entrance area: Continue reading Easier and safer than before? The Nürburgring is OPEN for 2017

VIDEO: Why checking your mirrors is quite important on the ‘Ring

It’s an argument that’s probably as old as the Nurburgring Nordschleife itself. When an overtake results in a crash, both drivers will normally blame each other. In some circumstances it’s hard to ever place blame on one driver completely. Continue reading VIDEO: Why checking your mirrors is quite important on the ‘Ring

2017 Nürburgring Opening times just released

Just before the Christmas holidays, and directly on the day I don’t have even a laptop to hand, the Nürburgring have released the planned opening times for public driving on the Nordschleife.
Continue reading 2017 Nürburgring Opening times just released

VIDEO: Is Schwedenkreuz the most dangerous corner on the Nürburgring?

If you consult Google Maps, the fast left-hander that is Schwedenkreuz doesn’t really look like much trouble at all. A 30º left-hander with no real drama at all.

So why does the next video show just so much car carnage?

Sit down, watch this 2016 Schwedenkreuz crash compilation video, and I’ll try to explain. Continue reading VIDEO: Is Schwedenkreuz the most dangerous corner on the Nürburgring?

UPDATED: Green Hell Driving Days 2016

It’s no surprise that the Green Hell Driving Days have once again delivered some of the most memorable moments of 2016: most of them good.

Continue reading UPDATED: Green Hell Driving Days 2016

This guy rode his 110cc Scooter 18,000kms to the Nürburgring. Then he did 2 laps…

Yeah, the headline says it all. Lee has just ridden EIGHTEEN THOUSAND kilometres on his trusty Honda SuperCub, weaving all over Asia, Russia and now Europe.

Riding out of Seoul, South Korea, with just eight horsepower underneath him and a lot of luggage behind him, this guy is a legend.

Last night he came to the Nürburgring, and needless to say, the “TF regulars” accepted him with open arms. You can guess what happened next…

Continue reading This guy rode his 110cc Scooter 18,000kms to the Nürburgring. Then he did 2 laps…

EVENT: BBC TV wants to film RingTools and their owners NEXT WEEK

If you’re “local” to the Nürburgring, drive your own RingTool but can  still speak English, then keep reading! A film crew will be visiting the Nürburgring while filming a new motoring program for BBC2 and they’re looking for interesting cars and people to appear in the TV program they’re making. And yes, this is on BBC2 (one of the biggest channels in the UK!), and as the Sun reports, it’s a program aimed at Top Gear and Grand Tour viewers.

Want to join us?

Continue reading EVENT: BBC TV wants to film RingTools and their owners NEXT WEEK

CRASH: One biker walked away, one rode away.

I’d like to think that by sharing these videos, somebody, somewhere might put down their stopwatch and decide NOT to go chasing a laptime in the middle of an incredibly busy Sunday of Nürburgring Touristenfahrten. Continue reading CRASH: One biker walked away, one rode away.