Honda Drivers at the Nurburgring Need a Few Racing Lessons

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Save yourself a headache and don’t be ‘that guy’ at the Nurburgring.

For many of us, a pilgrimage to the Nurburgring is on our bucket list. Sure we have access to time attack events and track days here, but they aren’t at that track. Do we like it because of the challenge it presents? Most likely. After all, the Nurburgring is something to be tamed, and they don’t call it the Green Hell for no reason.

In our experience, Nurburgring crashes seem to always happen in one of few corners. In this instance, Brunnchen is where all the action happens. And just like a Mustang leaving a car show, if there’s a camera rolling at the ‘Ring, it’s going to catch some drivers exceeding their skill level. If you haven’t hit play on the video yet, be warned, as you are about to see some crumpled up Honda fenders. But as you probably guessed, it’s almost always because they are simply going too fast. Well, except for one black EP3 Civic Si. That one was just bad luck, but you can judge that for yourself.

Honda crash Nurburgring

So you’ve planned a trip to Germany, you have a car to drive on the ‘Ring, you’ve watched the video and proclaim that you won’t make the same mistakes. But have you really made yourself prepared? Just remember, a lot of these folks making fender modifications might have been experienced track day drivers. Another factor to the open days at the Nurburgring is other cars. Oil spills are tough for the corner marshals to see, and are usually found first by the car just behind the one with the leak.


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It’s easy enough to reset your racing sim, but nothing in the world really compares to actually being there. So slow down, and enjoy the track, but most of all, enjoy driving your car back in one piece.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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