This past summer I had the most excellent experience of driving on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany. I'll probably write more about that in a full article some day, but for now I have a couple interesting videos to share.
The most challenging corner on the track, for me, was the "Adenauer-Forst" section. It may not be the trickiest corner to get "just right", but it's certainly the easiest to get wrong, in a very exciting, change of underwear requiring, kind of way. The left hand corner that starts the section is pretty much completely blind as it's just over the crest of a hill and it can't be seen at all. The run up to it is a fairly high speed section, and it's just soooo easy to carry too much speed into it. It's the only corner on the track where I got too loose and unintentionally ran up on the curbing.
So I was relieved to find out I'm not the only one to have found that corner a bit tricky. Here are a set of videos, the first from 1970 and the second from 2010. Forty years apart and the same corner continues to confound drivers in all kinds of cars. That's the kind of corner that deserves a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
The 1970 stuff is 100% scary-hilarious (scalarious!)* due the (lack of) safety standards. If you do nothing else, you absolutely must check out the dude exiting his car in the clip at 1:35.
The 2010 version is not quite so frightening. I credit progress in auto engineering for this, as the drivers appear to be basically as error-prone as their predecessors:
* "Scalarious" is my word now, please contact me for licensing terms.