Celebrating the Spirit of Competition


The Nürburgring was opened in 1927, the same year that Mercedes and Benz were joined. This marque, along with many others would find fame on the legendary 18-mile circuit, built to be a showcase for German engineering and driving talent. The photo backdrop shows a swarm of BMW 328s which were commonly ordered by wealthy Germans to compete against each other at the Nürburgring. Since the cars were virtually identical, the winner could claim bragging rights as “the best driver.”

Due to speed and safety concerns, “The Green Hell” was abandoned by Formula One Grand Prix racing in the late 1970s, and then by World Sports car racing in the mid 1980s. However, the 14-mile Nordschleife (northern loop) of the Nürburgbring track is still in use today as an open public race course. It is also used as a proving ground for automobile manufacturers to develop their cars.