The Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife

Motor Sport News - - Monsters: Venues -

The Brits con­quered Ger­many in 1927: that is when the fear­some Nur­bur­gring opened. Sure, the first race win­ner was a Ger­man mo­tor­cy­cle racer, but he was us­ing a Bri­tish-built Ve­lo­cette.

The orig­i­nal cir­cuit with the ‘Sud­schleife’ sec­tion, in­cluded 174 cor­ners. Af­ter the sec­ond world war, it was the Nord­schleife that was used. The 16.123-mile test would be­come the home of the Ger­man GP and was dubbed the Green Hell by Jackie Ste­wart af­ter his win there dur­ing a sod­den race in 1968.

Even be­fore that, the cir­cuit had be­gun to change for the sake of safety. A chi­cane was added shortly be­fore the end of the lap to slow the cars down as they ap­proached the pit lane, but the safety fears were grow­ing.

F1 driv­ers de­cided to boy­cott the race in 1970 be­cause they wanted up­grades and they couldn’t be made in time. Bar­ri­ers were erected and some of the bumps were taken out. F1 re­turned in 1971.

But, as the speed in­creased, the fears never sub­sided. That pres­sure, along with the de­sire for TV cov­er­age around the en­tire track meant that the 1976 race would be the last. That was

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