Damn nice pics. That's not the same Falken Porsche GT3 RS that runs ALMS, is it?
Here are a few pics (and videos this weekend) from the April 14 Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nürburgring (VLN) 37. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen. Check out: http://www.vln.de/rennen.gb.php?id=2012-04-14 for the entry list and race results.
For those of you not familiar with the VLN race series: It's a handful of races (11) that are only held at the Nürburgring. The competitors are everything from purpose-built racecars that you might also see in various events including the Nürburgring 24hr Race and LeMans all the way down to amateur teams fielding race-modified hatchbacks.
We had a really fun time... €15 got us access to the grandstands as well as the paddock area... and the pits! We pretty much had full access and were only feet from the teams during pitstops. It was pretty awesome. We also got to meet some lady named Sabine Schmitz - you might know her from Top Gear appearances and the BMW 'Ring Taxi... Oh yeah, she also has about 20,000 laps under her belt.
Here are pictures from the Tourist Drive and our dinner with atomicalex: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ist-Drive-Pics
Heico Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 going hot into the corner
SLK, Z4, GT3 RSs and Scirocco entering the Castrol-S
Scherer Audi TT-RS
Honda Civic and a new Toyota GT-86
Aston Martin Vantage
Black Falcon Mercedes 190E
BMW Z4 (GT3 Class)
Porsche 911 GT3 (997)
McLaren MP4 (GT3 class)
Opel Astra GTC
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Black Falcon BMW M3
Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS
Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R
Porsche 911 GT3
beautiful BBS centerlock wheel with rain tires
Porsche 911 RSR
H&R's Ford GT
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (997)
My brother, Sabine Schmitz, and Me - our long lost cousin
BMW M3 GT4
MSC Adenau's Porsche Cayman
VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI
Car Collection Motorsport's 911 GT3 Cup and the Paul Parey 911 GT3
Tin Tag Ferrari F458
H&R Ford GT
Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and the Black Falcon MB 190E
Gazoo Racing Lexus LF-A
Audi TT-S and a VW Scirocco
Last edited by NoDubJustYet; 04-19-2012 at 09:02 AM.
According to the entry list ( http://www.vln.de/includes/download....012-04-14s.pdf )the #27 Falken car was driven by:
Jeff I'm so jealous of your pics, mine didn't come out half as nice as yours. I'll be posting mine some time, but the internet in my dorm in Salzburg barely works and some stubborn Austrian won't let the cable company dig in their front yard to fix the cable....
I make a conscious effort to comment if I like something, especially good photo threads because I know what a PITA it is to post multiple photos I've done 100 photo threads in one sitting, and I always thank my lucky stars that I'm good at doing repetitive motions.
I would have assumed that a picture thread from an obscure race series at the Nürburgring of all places would have brought more interest.
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We hung out there for a little bit and then decided to take the tunnel over to the paddock area... We noticed people just waltzing in and out of the actual garages into the pits - people that were obviously not affiliated with the race or the teams. So, we played the "act like you know you're doing game" and headed into a garage... right into a pit stop. All of the teams were really cool and gave everyone heads up when a car was going to be coming in for a stop. Otherwise it was a free for all. It's hard to put into words just how awesome the experience was.
Meeting Sabine Schmitz was just icing on the cake.
Being in the pits among the mechanics as they rush out to the car with new tires, fuel etc is unlike any thing I could have imagined. It really puts you in the race, the only thing that could have immersed you more was riding along with the drivers lol. I feel like watching any racing on TV from now on will be extremely boring until they find a way to transmit the smell of burning rubber, hot brakes, and race fuel along with the normal TV broadcast. Anyway, here's me with Sabine Schmitz, as Jeff said meeting her was icing on an already awesome day. It's funny how it happened, I was taking a video of some GT3R in the pits when I noticed a familiar face on the other side of the car that was none other than the Queen of the 'Ring. I don't think I realized until then I was even at the garage of her team.
The #72 S Pole Racing 911 GT3 leaving the pits.
A MP4-12C that we saw in the paddock area. This is the first one I've seen in person and it looks a lot better in person I think. Pictures don't do it justice.
These guys had an LF-A and the GT-86.
Ronal Turbo's on a Miata? TCL approved?
Apparently the driver of this RCZ has a stock RCZ as well and was tearing it around the 'Ring during the Tourist Drive, it was something else. I thought for sure the car had to be modded but it was just impressive driving
Memorial for Bernd Rosemayer.
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Last edited by ErikGTI; 04-20-2012 at 07:15 AM.
Going to the Nurburgring is definitely on my bucketlist. But, until that day, I'll have to content myself with all you guys posting pictures and videos.
Laguna Seca is no Nurburgring, but we do have this little thing called the Monterey Historic races and Rennsport Reunion, where a lot of these "CNC" cars do actually drive
Thanks! I still can't get over how awsome the event was... Access to damn near everything made it a really fun time.
I can't wait to go back!
I've considered going down there for F1 or DTM, but I think I've been spoiled by the VLN. There's no way it will be that open (or cheap) for either of those events, especially F1!
My son and I had a blast. When I get my head above water from work, I'll get the pics I have up. Did anyone get a pic of the MkII going home on the flatbed? Silly dubbers, 16Vs can't survive races!
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