Other history of The Nurburgring

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I have just found what to me is a very interesting link.

I have been going to The Ring since 2003 and enjoy beyond belief everything about it, wheather the group is 6 or 26 people.

I knew the south loop exsisted in times gone by, but did not realise how much of it I drive on everyday when I leave and return to the camp site we stay at.

Hope others enjoy this link, read all 3 chapters.

http://www.speedhunters.com/2013/11/ghost-nurburgs-past-sudschleife/
 
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Good stuff, there was an item about Jackie Stewart on the TV not long ago, that had some footage of the crashes and unfortunately deaths at this and the other tracks since the beginning of Grand Prix, you got to see just how cavalier the drivers and team owners were with theirs and others lives in those early days and even up to and including James Hunt days and then JS took GP to task over safety with the drivers strike.
 

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I have watched the program several times and always think long and hard. The Ring is a very special place and you only really know this once you have driven it.
JS was seen as a troublemaker by many but someone had to step up to the task and many lives have been spared due to he thinking.
 
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Yes the sport is very different now, it is safer, but at the same time the pioneering element has gone, and been replaced with who has the largest wallet to meet the rules, rather than push the boundaries of possibility. Probably the reason car manufacturers are standing still at the moment with a focus on Environment, rather than what's possible, it's the same with space travel, how many years since we landed on the moon, and then nothing really.

In order for us to advance as much in this century as they did in the last two, we will have to take risks, and unfortunately that means giving up health & safety and environmental considerations. Especially the environmental, the only reason we are seeing adverse weather is due to the continually decaying orbit of the earth around the sun, and the gradual change of the axis alignment. So let's just get on with it, won't be long till another big rock falls into our gravity, and upsets the whole apple cart anyway.

And one more thing from me, it is a Friday, and I am getting lubricated, if health n bleeding safety had been around at the turn of the century the car would never have been allowed to get past a concept drawing, the thought of a metal missile carrying gallons of flammable liquid in a public environment. Sobering thought eh!
 
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