December 28, 2010
Save the 'Ring update: vital signs, not good
If you have been following the debacle in the Eiffel, here are some pictures and a first hand report from one of our intrepid tracktard reporters, Guillaume, Who was in Nürburg recently. While it is the off season, the picture he paints is not pretty.
The infamous Nürburgring business center was deserted, the 30 m. wide "Ring Kino" entertaining not a soul. The racing apparel shops and the BMW showroom had no customers . The famous "formula 1 experience" roller coaster had its speed cut from 180 km/h to 70 km/h because either bad engineering or shoddy construction was causing the building to crack at the higher speed.
Consider that the project, realized by a private company with public funds from an already economically distressed part of Germany is reportedly to close to a half billion Euro in debt. Enthusiasts, those who have kept the 'ring alive paying their 20+ euros per lap and buying countless gallons of gasoline and beer (not to mention steak on stones) at the local establishments would have been ecstatic just to have a larger parking lot with better bathrooms....
Thanks to Guillome Soete for the pictures and the report, more images after the jump... you can practically hear the wind blowing and wolves howling at a distance!