Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Nürburgring Nordschleife delivers another dose of stupidity that almost beggars belief…
…yes, you’re about to watch an unknown motorcyclist defy death by u-turning in one of the fastest, most dangerous, blindest parts of the old Nordschleife in public traffic.
If you need to stop on the ‘ring, here’s a quick bullet-pointed list to consider:
- Do you really NEED to stop? Trained marshalls are minutes away at worst, seconds at best.
- If you do need to stop, then is there somewhere safe to do so?
- It’s GENERALLY better to stop on the right-hand-side, as people can overtake you on the left as you come to a rest.
- Braking on grass is more difficult than braking on tarmac! Don’t crash trying to help somebody else.
- ORANGE paint on a barrier shows a gap, ‘refuge’ or parking place you can park safely behind.
- NEVER EVER drive the wrong way on the Nordschleife.
- It’s better to park ‘ahead’ or ‘past’ the accident, then walk back BEHIND the barriers while showing a yellow flag and phoning the emergency number
- NEVER STAND IN THE TRACK!
- ALL of the above suggestions are at your own risk and I’m a firm believer in only stopping IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY help. Inexperienced ‘first-time’ visitors can probably help the most by giving their phone to a passenger and phoning the emergency number: