Monday, 3 October 2011

Nordschleife: unsafe?

Following a substantial multi-car accident at the Nürburgring this weekend, influential blog Bridge To Gantry is calling for a review of the operators' practices, to make the 'Ring safer for all. Citing Top Gear's coverage of the circuit over the years as a contributing factor to a shift in public perception, there are fears that people view driving the Green Hell as a frivolous and easy activity, rather than the dangerous and terrifying endeavour it really is for the inexperienced driver. (Having driven it for the first time in a 1984 Volvo 240 with an auto 'box and three passengers, I can vouch for the fact that it's pretty darn scary even at comparatively low speed... and, with the amount of accidents I saw on those four laps, the Armco is rather less forgiving than Gran Turismo might have you believe.)
You can read the full post here.

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