The legendary Nurburgring is without a doubt the most strenuously demanding, psychologically challenging, beautifully designed and dangerously captivating race track the world has ever seen – not to mention the longest in length as well.
Nowadays, the Nurburgring plays host to a vast assemblage of events, ranging from many various one-make race series to annual long-distance race events, public days, press days, private days, etc. etc… and now there’s even a Shopping Mall and a mini roller-coaster… but let’s not address those recent ‘developments’ per se.
It was 3-time F1 World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart, that famously coined the term ‘The Green Hell’ upon the then-14.2 mile (now 12.9 mile) main course circuit back in the 1960’s. Looking at these vintage colour photos (and video below) before the safety concerns (and barriers) of later years existed, one could easily see how the slightest of mistakes could potentially cost you your life.
Here’s a great video from 1967 offering a greatly detailed and onboard view of the grass-lined circuit from an F1 driver’s perspective…