The Last Ringmeisters: the Fastest Race Ever Held On The Nürburgring

The 1983 1000 Kilometers of the Nürburgring was the last time prototypes raced Germany’s legendary 12.9-mile circuit. This hour-long video covers that event, ultimately the fastest race ever held on the Nordschleife. 

Though the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring is taking off as a great race for sports cars, nothing will ever stand up against the speed of the Group C sports prototypes that raced back in 1983. The young Stefan Bellof snatched pole position with a 6 minutes 11 seconds lap in a 250+ mile-an-hour Porsche 956. His record remains unbroken.

Why did sports prototypes leave the Nordschleife? They left for the same reasons as Formula One, which last raced the ‘Ring in 1976: the track was too long and too dangerous. Safety crews had great difficulty reaching remote parts of the track and drivers were too fatigued by the endless laps and incomprehensible number of corners.

Ultimately, this 1983 endurance race concluded top-spec racing on one of the greatest, most daunting circuits in the world.

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