A trip to Germany would not be complete without a fast drive on the autobahn. I shared in my last post that we definitely tested our car to its limits--at one point we got the BMW up to 240km/h on a de-restricted straightaway. What I didn't tell you was that we did this between Munich and Nürburg, while we were en route to an actual racetrack!
Roger is a big car guy and ever since we decided to visit Germany he had his heart set on driving around the Nurburgring. For those who don't know what the Nurburgring is--I certainly didn't--it is one of the most famous public racetracks in the world. It stretches over 20 kilometres long, has 170 corners, and no speed limits. It is affectionately known as "The Green Hell" and attracts professional drivers and tourists from all over the globe. I might not have been as enthusiastic to visit it as Roger, but I have to admit it turned out to be a pretty epic Sunday drive. Plus it gave me leverage to have him accompany me in doing whatever I wanted for the rest of the trip!
Roger familiarized himself with the track beforehand with Youtube videos and a simulation video game. I should have practiced filming him because I failed miserably on race day. I accidentally filmed the whole thing upside down and came out with nothing but dashboard. Our intention was to do multiple laps, but the track was shut down early due to a crash!! (Not a bad one.) We ended up selling our extra tickets and exploring the shops instead. Roger bought a hat and a bumper sticker. I wanted a brand new Bentley, but it was a wee bit out of our price range.
That night we had dinner and drinks in the village. We then stayed at the Lindner Congress and Motorsport Hotel, which was minutes away from the track.