Wow. What a weekend…it is all starting to sink in now. I’ve had some sleep. I’ve seen my own four walls again. And I’ve had time to reflect…
Yep…I went to the 24 Hour Race at the Nürburgring. It all started with me dropping my name into the lucky draw entry box at the office thinking that I’ll never win anyway. Until one morning, in mid-sip of my morning cuppa…I hear “You’re in!”. Huh? In what? “You’ve been drawn as the one of 6 to go to the race”. Wooow!!! And then… “Oh my…what have I just gotten myself into????”.
Basically, the company I work for is involved in a certain car part and so in short, sponsors a team in the 24 Hour Race. And staff can enter to be part of this experience…work obviously involved. While my duty was in the team tent making waffles and serving frozen yoghurt and cocktails, I still managed to get a lot of time to experience what happens on the track, in the “box” (boy, does it get manic in there during the race) as well as the general happenings in the “paddock”.
Driving up north last Wednesday, my colleagues and I arrived tired but the excitement soon kicked in when we realised how big this race really is…thousands of fans had already set up campsites in any available field. I was told some got there on the Monday morning already to get that prime spot. Little did we know that thousands more were to come. We found ourselves in full race spirit by Thursday morning for the build up to the 15.00 race begin on Saturday afternoon. Yes, by Sunday, being tired and braving the rain that arrived that morning, I was fed up and wanted my peace from cars and people (I don’t meant that in a bad way), but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Loved it, in fact. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And so, here are some impressions:
It was so interesting to see all the work that goes into preparing for a race (and that’s only the on-site preparations, never mind the pre-race work and admin). And then come the race-day….wow, the number of people and resources involved is something else…
While these pictures don’t do the atmosphere and experience justice in any way, all I’ll say at this point is that it was absolutely awesome to experience this event.
(Please note, all images are my own and remain my property)