‘Ring for sale

Classic Driver - - EOIN YOUNG’S DIARY -

Laid out through the hilly for­est land in the 1920s to pro­vide labour­ers with work in the midst of the slump, the orig­i­nal track was 17.5 miles (28.26km) but the sec­tion tra­di­tion­ally used for the Grand Prix and 1000km races was 14.17-miles (22.8km).

Then when For­mula 1 went care­ful, it was ob­vi­ous that the fa­mous old course was sim­ply too dan­ger­ous to be man­aged by mar­shals or han­dled by up­com­ing young driv­ers more used to safer cir­cuits, and a sani­tised, mod­ern short cir­cuit was built at the edge of the old one.

Now the old track has filed for bank­ruptcy and if you’ve got a few Eu­ros to spare – €161mil­lion to be ex­act! – you can buy the old track and the ho­tel where ev­ery fa­mous driver stayed over race week­end. It seems most prob­a­ble that the Ger­man Au­to­mo­bile Club (the ADAC) will be­come the new land­lord of the ‘Ring.

His­toric Nur­bur­gring track en­try in 2014

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