A handful of race tracks around the world are seen as iconic by racing enthusiast of different motorsports. Some tracks which come to mind are the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Monaco, Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans), and Suzuka.
Also, one well known and iconic track which is in financial trouble is the Nürburgring. Unfortunately, due to the poorly advised large investment of 350+ million EUR in to an amusement park and other amenities, the Nürburgring is going to enter in to bankruptcy proceedings.
So what does this mean for the future of the Nürburgring? I can honestly say I have no idea, but I do know automotive manufacturers will lose some marketing material if the track does close. I mean, look at all of the different manufacturers who put so much clout on their “Ring” times. Does it really mean you should buy a car because it is faster than another around Nürburgring? No, but it is pretty awesome to have those bragging rights to having a time to beat. Every prominent manufacturer tests at the Nürburgring and should have some interest in the bankruptcy proceedings along with saving the track.
Why should the Nürburgring be saved? My personal thoughts are this is a track with a huge piece of history and instills great tradition and legacy. It’s an icon which should be around for many generations to enjoy. Will I ever get to see the Nürburgring? Probably not, but any true motorsport enthusiast can understand the significance of this track which was built in the 1920s and is still active today.
What can you do to help save the Nürburgring?
- Check out SavetheRing.org and sign the online petition.
- Spread the word to your friends and family and have them sign the petition.
- Stay current with the Nürburgring news and information.
I know a race track may not seem like a big deal to fight for some, but to others this is their life. Everyone will make their own opinions and please be respectful with your opinions. This isn’t only about a track; it’s about history, tradition, and a community.