Me and a friend of mine decided to make a roadtrip to Nurburgring in Germany, a world (in)famous racetrack and do a couple of laps with our own cars, my Dodge Charger and his Golf GTI. This post is about the 5200 km roadtrip and the Nordschleife experience.

The drive

Since it’s a 1500 km drive from Stockholm to Nurburg we decided to do the trip in two stages and try to get a good sleep before the race day. We were travelling in separate cars but used walkie-talkies and headsets to talk to eachother, which helped to both kill time and keep the level of concentration up. We also had regular stops along the way to stretch our legs, have fresh air, eat and drink.

On the way down we decided to take the ferry from Rödby, Denmark (B), to Puttgarten, Germany. This would save us a few hours drive even though the price on the ferry and fuel would be pretty much the same, the ferry takes only 45 minutes to cross. Once in Germany, after about 10 hours of driving, we stayed in Lubeck (C) at Hotel Ibis, it was about 50 euros per person including garage space and breakfast. The next day we headed for Nurburg (D) on the autobahn and about 6 hours later we were there. The same evening we decided to go home, and not stay in Nurburg for the night. So starting with some awesome mountain roads and amazing scenery we drove for Denmark once again, this time not the ferry since it would be in the middle of the night once we got there anyway. We arrived in Aabenraa (E), Denmark, in the middle of the night and got a few hours of sleep in the cars behind a gas station (we were not alone doing the exact same thing). Then we spent most of the next day driving back to Stockholm (F), Sweden. 5200 kilometers of driving in 58 hours.

Nurburgring – the green hell

Nurburgring is one of the most famous tracks in the world, many cars use it to test their performance and it has become a benchmark-track all over the world. The big part of Nurburgring, the Nordschleife (Nothern circuit), is open to the public for a fee. Since it’s open for everyone normal road laws apply and there are actually speeds limits and there might be roadworks on the track, and racing is prohibited.

When we got to Nurburgring, there was some event going on with alot of luxury sports cars driving in groups. Most of them Porches, but also Audi, Ferrari, Lambos, Nissan GTRs, Aston Martins and Jaguars. There were also plenty of other Swedes there.

I have seen footage and videos of the Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack on the internet and on TV so I knew alittle about how it looks like and what the dangers are, it demands respect and I didn’t want to spin off so we decided to go very carefully, it’s easy to get hubris and think you remember all 147 corners. Since normal road laws applies on the track you are only allowed to pass on the left, so you have to spend alot of time concentrating not only on the road ahead, but also on the rearview mirror. But I’m happy to say I did manage to do a few overtakes also. This was my first track experience and keeping that in mind, and also the fact that my Dodge Charger is very heavy, and could use better brakes, the laptimes were pretty good.

I would imagine that not having to worry about being overtaken, cutting more corners, and a few more laps of practise and no 30 km/h speedlimit due to roadworks on one part in the way, I would be able to shave a minute or two more off the 20.8 km lap. We did only two laps, but it was so much fun I really hope I’ll be back soon again and then maybe use the rent-a-racecar service and really give it the beans.

There are always people watching on viewpoints around the track, some of them are photographers taking pictures of all cars, then posting them online so you can buy them. Since the track was only open for 2 hours that day, we didn’t have time to take photos of eachother ourselves, but I managed to find myself on http://www.nordschleifenbilder.de/ and bought a couple, below is one of them.

I can’t wait to go back, it was a really good time and I’d love to do more laps.