They don’t call Sabine Schmitz, the Queen of the Ring, for no reason. Watch her at a recent VLN race. She says that between races and her ‘RingTaxi duties, she does about 1200 laps of the famous 13 mile track a year.
So it’s been a busy few weeks, which is why I haven’t posted much on the blog. I’ve been busy racing in Oregon, and writing some articles for a few other sites. I promise to get back on the blogging bandwagon here soon.
Now this is a Nurburgring video that brings smiles to my heart. Watch this EP3 Civic Type R driver chase down a Nissan GTR on an open lapping day.
Just shows it’s not just what you drive, but how to drive it. (Now I know we’re talking about different skill levels of drivers, probably tires and a few other things, but I don’t care. Nope. Don’t. Care.)
I spent some time with another Miata owner yesterday morning over coffee. Steve Schaeffer has done some instruction at the Nurburgring, and some teaching at some of the local performance schools in the area. We had planned to get together and get some coffee, but the shops were so full that we ended up taking a walk around the local neighborhood.
It was super refreshing to chat with an experienced driver about how to teach driving technique to other people. I have been interested in becoming an instructor myself, although I know I need alot more seat time first. Plus, it was super nice to just walk around the neighborhood and learn new things about housing… and other local Greenlake folklore.
Steve- Showing off his adjustable Konis
After a bit of a walk/chat, Steve took some time behind the wheel of Kyoko. I think he really liked it, and I enjoyed getting a chance to watch a good driver up close.
Check this out. Andre Gülden, the chief driving instructor of the Nürburgring Driving Academy takes one of the formula cars around the North Course on a demonstration run.
I’ve been interested more in the Nurburgring, since learning about the financial struggles that the track has been facing. The Nurburgring has been under turmoil, due to some poor management decisions in the last two years.
A campaign group called, “Save the Ring” has been pushing hard to raise money to save the classic road-car track, and to also have the management replaced.
This is a cause that I support, especially because I haven’t had a chance to drive the track yet! (Outside of Gran Turismo 4)