Why I want to go to the Nürburgring off-season
Ever since I started watching Misha Charoudin's (aka. Boosted Boris, one of Apex Nürburg's founders) almost daily sum-ups of living and working at the worlds most beautiful racetrack on Youtube more than a year ago, I've been wanting to pay the guys and girls a visit. Life just seems fulfilled there, not a day goes by without any automotive happenings, whether that's relaxed laps for everybody on Touristenfahrten days, VLN endurance racing, car manufacturers going for lap records, project cars being built or just a friendly chat (and probably a drink or two) with likeminded people in the evening. But as we all know time happens to fly by and winter came without me going to the Eifel regions's track I know turn by turn without ever having been close to it, that has officially been closed for 2017 on 19th of November. So why not do it now?
For some I may already already have answered that question: Winter time in the Eifel means lots of snow, ice, short days and coldness, hence the track closure. So why would you want to go if you don't even get a chance to drive the track, you may ask. To me, the answer is the spirit. Though all that is happening on the track (except for construction work) has been put to a halt until spring, the people that make the whole community surrounding it are still there. Same goes for racing teams and car manufacturers. And then there is the sheer beauty of things. Thick layers of snow aren't unusual in that part of Germany so if an atmospheric place, enjoying a good drink chatting cars and life with your mates and those who live and work at the Ring sounds as appealing to you as it does to me, you probably get my point. And all that without the stress and crowds you will likely encounter during the summer, calls for a good place to spend a few cozy winter days gathering energy for next year.
Just in his latest video Tim aka. Shmee150 made the trip to the winter wonderland that is the Eifel in December.
If you're from Papua or the Maldives you probably have a hard time justifying literally thousands of hours of traveling just for a bit of relaxation, and I totally understand you. For someone who may be from a slightly closer neck of the woods though, like in my case just 5 hours of Autobahn away, the Nürburgring seems like an ideal winter retreat for car enthusiasts.