Germany's Public-Access Race Track Is Like A Real-Life "Wacky Races"

Jun 8, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
Nürburgring is a massive motor sports complex located around the village of Nürburg in the Rhineland area of Germany. It features several tracks, most of them notorious for their challenging courses, as well as a Formula 1 Grand Prix track (of which Michael Schumacher is the current lap time record holder). Among those other tracks is one called the 22.810 k.m. (14.173 miles) Nordschleife, a.k.a. "North Loop."

The North Loop is especially famous because ever since it was opened in 1927, it has been open to the public as a large driving track (racing is strictly not allowed) with no blanket speed limit. It's open to any vehicle that is street-legal, so it's not uncommon to see buses, vans, bikes and more making their way around the track. Basically, it's kind of like "Wacky Races" in real life, except that you're not racing and must follow general traffic safety laws - which are very much enforced by local police, in case you're wondering.
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