Journal: This Vintage Nurburgring Crash Reel Is Delightfully Painful To Watch

This Vintage Nurburgring Crash Reel Is Delightfully Painful To Watch

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
October 1, 2015
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I wonder if Jürgen Sander, the man who stood at the side of the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a film camera, was looked at strangely by his fellow spectators. After all, this was filmed well before YouTube, and well before we started coveting these cars as classics. And Sander was pretty much the only guy standing at the side of the track, chronicling the mayhem.

This is Rhapsodie in Blech, a dusty old mail order VHS tape that features a compilation of Sander’s audio-less footage set to cheesy music. And despite watching a few people get bumped around (and occasionally thrown out), it’s a fantastic spectacle to behold.

To see now-rare sports versions of old Simcas, NSUs, BMWs, and Volkswagens being hooned on a touristenfahrten lap makes me happy—it’s what they were built for, after all. We have precious few clips of regular enthusiasts having fun in their cars, especially from that era—and it’s a shame there’s no footage of the drivers who successfully navigated this notoriously tricky section of the ‘Ring.

After watching it, what was the car you were most sad about seeing driven beyond the limit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csyyJCiVuHc

Image Sources: petrol-head.comnuerburgring.declassicdriver.com

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John King
John King

The scariest ride was that careening top-down Beetle with 4 aboard at around 8:40. By the way, I thought the music was cool!

Jono51
Jono51

Absolutely – they were lucky. I notice that most of the ones that rolled had a bit of help from that carefully placed kerb!

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

I found the fashion clashes almost as entertaining… bell bottoms for everyone!

David Harbin
David Harbin

Plenty of VWs, which is no surprise. I also see inordinate number of rear-engined Fiats (850?) wiping out.

geelongvic
geelongvic

Ah, the cars of my youth. Ah, the joys of rear engines, swing axles, semi-trailing arms, throttle lift oversteer, locked brakes, etc. Ah, the bell-bottom trousers. Ah, the joys of possible self-immolation in an upended rear-engined heap. Little then did we appreciate the risks while being protected by our youth and ignorance, but even being older, I still love the thrill of rear engine cars and especially enjoy the memories of how I learned to drive them when I was young. Thanks.