October 3, 2011
I'm not going to knock the track, I loved going there every time but the place is turning into a clown show fast.
Today it's in the news because of a big crash. No, it was not initiated by the BMW Ring Taxi. No, it did not happened on the corner Lauda crashed in 1976 but yes, a Ring Taxi was involved, people were hurt and cars were destroyed.
Nothing new you say? Correct. Why? Because those in charge of the track are clowns.
Touristenfahrten days bring in Euro 150000 per, that's a lot of money. Does the the Nürburgring spend even a fraction of that on even the most basic safety for its ever-growing customers eager to launch their vehicles on a track they mastered on Forza 4?
No, but they do make extra money on vehicle recovery and Armco repair!
Problem is, the track itself is not the danger. Hell, Watkins Glen has the same amount of runoff as most of the 'Ring, the biggest danger on the Nordschleife is human stupidity coupled with accidents or fluid spills you can't see.
The high spending, fancy new 'Ring management boasted it would improve the local economy: well, hire some damn marshals, actually spend money on shiny flags and make sure you pay them enough to stay awake. What fraction of that 150K per day would that cost?
Want to go one better? Invest in a remote caution light system, like a proper track.
Case in point, below is a video of the most recent "newsworthy" incident location, just before the crash happened, it shows borderline criminal stupidity by track management.
Coincidentally, the video starts on the "Lauda kink" to the slow right Bergwerk and then it's the beginning of the long flat out climb towards the top of the track. I stress again, flat in most cars, with a couple of blind left kinks.
There is some track work being done, the track is narrowed to one 5 mph lane yet the warning sign is placed behind one of the kinks at a distance that requires very, very ginger brake application. Clown show, what could possibly go wrong.
There is more: The BMW Ring Taxi now under Nürburgring management, fired Sabine, hired some dodgy driving clowns and are borderline screwing the customers. Surprised BMW puts up with it which may explain why the track was trying to cover up the incident.
So the news is NOT Ring Taxi crashes into Corvette but that the Ring is getting so fucked up even those who had previously an open mind about the new regime have turned against it. Mike Frison is right, the only way we are going to Save the Ring is if people demand change.
(proper info via Bridge to Gantry and Save the Ring)