The Nürburgring’s ‘Touristenfahrten’ sessions—where the whole 21km Nordschleife is opened to the public—are the stuff of automotive legend. Something every petrolhead ought to have on his bucket list. Around 170 were planned for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic means none have been able to take place since mid-March.
Until now. Beginning on April 30, the ’Ring will host “contactless tourist days,” where extra safety measures will be enforced to minimize face-to-face contact with the track’s staff and other drivers.
Now, you have to buy tickets online in advance rather than on the day, can have no more than one passenger in your car, and when you’re on site, you’re only allowed to get out of your car to use the one designated bathroom. Moreover, all the car parks around the track are closed to discourage spectators.
People drive for miles for Touristenfahrten sessions, but obviously, they won’t be able to at the minute given all the travel restrictions in place around Europe. So for the foreseeable, this is just for Germans—and local ones at that—given all the hotels in the area remain closed.
But still, good to see the ’Ring taking these measures to get things going again. Stay safe, everyone.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.