Saturday, February 16, 2019

Summer 2019 Nürburgring Trip

If you are a loyal reader of this blog you will probably know that I am a happy owner of a R34 V-spec II Nür. Over the past few years the “Nür” badge has become a bit of an icon (or bragging tool) amongst the owners community, but back in January 2002, when Nissan announced the swan song of the BNR34, it was meant to be a nod to the most demanding circuit in the world where some of the final testing of the car was done. 

From there the popularity of the Nürburgring has exponentially increased year by year; today a full lap on the Nordschleife is the ultimate performance benchmark amongst car manufacturers. The circuit also hosts the most grueling GT competition in the world, the Nürburgring 24 Hours - a race I have fallen in love with (and one that our beloved R34 has challenged for several years). Simply put, the ‘Ring is a Mecca for motorsports enthusiasts and after a couple of years of procrastination, I finally booked my tickets for a visit in summer 2019!

This was long overdue and one of my projects for this year: more experiences, more driving and more time spent actually living the car passion. Being trackside and watching professional GT racing is one of the things I enjoy the most and living in Japan has allowed me to visit circuits like Tsukuba, Fuji Speedway and Motegi several times. Ironically, while Germany can be reached by plane with ease from almost anywhere in Europe, now that I live on the other side of the world getting to Frankfurt requires a 10+ hours haul flight; I did however planned a visit back home as well this summer, so this will be a great opportunity to combine both trips.

I will be at the Nürburgring for a full week: first to watch live the 24 Hours race and then for some track lessons, taxi laps and sightseeing around the circuit. The Eifel region offers some great sceneries and plenty of automotive and motorsport related activities and museums. I look forward to documenting my trip and other few surprises along the way, so please stay tuned!

Until next time.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could visit Nürburgring someday and watch Nürburgring 24 Hours race!

    You're really awesome, good luck!

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