Waking up on the floor of the lounge, I went out to the track at dawn. There were many surprises waiting for me.
“Wait, I don’t see the car from XXX? Is it not on the track?? Oh man…they retired out of the race…”
The grid walk before the start is really a huge crowd. “Crowded” is an understatement really. I don’t think there is a grid walk in any other race in the world with such a high population density. But the operation of the organizers is very good, as they swiftly move this many spectators according to schedule.
At the Nürburgring 24 hour race, there are supporting events held before the final race, and the ADAC Classic where cars like the famous Opel Manta drives, is one of them. They drive by at speeds that defy their age, and in a sense they’re scarier than GT3 machines!
Before the free practice, there was a meeting between Schulze Motorsports, Polyphony Digital, and RS Nakaharu-a legend in Japan’s motorsports world. (ReadMore)
Hi, it’s been a while, but this is EXP again, I’d been busily chasing the car culture back in Japan since my return with a total disregard for the genre of cars, at Formula Drift Japan, Offsetkings, etc.
Though Shichisawa san already concluded his entries, I’m just now restarting my entry on the 24 hours of Nürburgring that I’d been sitting on for a while. (Sort of taking the EXP(ress) out of EXP but oh well…)
The machine was blue way back then… June 18 (Wed.)
The lodgings from today, is at a long stay cottage: The Lindner Ferienpark Nürburgring
I started writing for the Pit Stop Blog in a very comfy room with its own bathroom. No A/C though.
Yamauchi san asks me “Why are you in short sleeves in this cold weather!?” but I’m fine in the cold. Though Yasukichi san before my flight told me “you need a good goose down jacket” … (ReadMore)
The circuit called the Nürburgring consists of two parts; a 5.1km GP course where the F1 race is held, and a 20.832km north course (Nordschleife). To most of the world, the Nürburgring generally refers to the north course that is known as being the holy ground of automotive development. Its length of 20 kilometers per lap is longer than a full circle around Tokyo on the Japanese urban highway. When you compare the farthest points, the Shibaura junction would be around where the Flugplatz is, and the Hakozaki junction would be around where the carousel is. If you’ve been on the Tokyo highways you’d realize how incredibly expansive that is.
Hi everyone, I’m EXP.
In the beginning of May, Yamauchi san asked me whether I’d be interested in “Experiencing the Nürburgring for real, from a GT player’s point of view”. Since he made that offer to me things moved forward really quickly.
So I’m going to write on the theme, of what happens when you project the knowledge of the Nürburgring you’ve gained in a virtual world of Gran Turismo, into real life. (ReadMore)