25 races and more than 800 starters provided a large and varied program of the third edition of the "Nürburgring Classic". The event’s main sponsor of the Nürburgring Classic was the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Richard Mille. The weather turned out much better than the predictions on the various media. Friday and Saturday were even very sunny. Despite the weather conditions, the event was not so well-attended as the grandstands were almost empty on Sunday. For visitors Saturday was the best day to drive to the Nürburgring as the most interesting races could be watched that day. Included in the entry fee was access to the paddock area which gave the visitors the opportunity to view the racecars even better.
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In the top ten of cult cars are the Ford model T, VW Beetle, Mini, Fiat 500 but without doubt also the Citroën 2CV or Deux Chevaux. The name Deux Chevaux (2 horses) refers to the taxation class of the 2CV. This car was designed to be a ‘two tax horsepower’ car. Nicknamed the ‘Duck’, the car still has a huge number of admirers and owners. There are even collectors of this cult car and most probably the largest collection of Citroën 2CVs can be admired in a museum located in a small village in the Netherlands called Andijk.
The BMW factories are situated not far from the center of Munich, At the opposite side of the factories are the museum, brand experience centre and head offices. The museum was built at the same time as the new headquarters (the striking four vertical cylinders), in 1973. Since May 1973 the BMW Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the world with a fascinating collection of the motorcycles and cars produced from 1929 until now. From 2004 to 2008 the museum was renovated in connection with the construction of the BMW Welt, a multi-use exhibition center located directly opposite, which is used for meetings and promotional events, and where buyers take delivery of BMW vehicles. Since it was re-opened in June 2008, the BMW Museum has posted record visitor numbers year after year and is proud to be one of the most visited museums in Germany. From the entrance it starts with the earliest products, which were aeroplane motors and motorcycles. Surprisingly, the iconic blue and white logo and lettering hasn’t been changed much since the first World War. The 4,000 m² permanent exhibition space houses a neatly-arranged assortment of the brand’s most significant cars and motorcycles. The BMW Museum also regularly stages temporary exhibitions featuring special vehicles, design exhibits and prototypes from the long and illustrious history of the BMW Group. An absolute must for all car enthusiasts.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit was created in the early 20’s using the streets of the three villages Malmedy, Stavelot and Francorchamps. The 14 kilometre race track in the fabulous Ardennes region was completely modernised in 1979 with a more turns and bigger gravel beds. Since 1979 the 7 kilometere long track has been changed a few times but it continues to be one of the favourite circuits for the drivers as well as for the spectators. During the 26th Spa Six Hours weekend the weather conditions event were perfect . The sun was shining all day and the temperature was around 20 degrees Celsius. Ideal conditions for racers and spectators to fully enjoy the Spa Six Hours. More than 600 racing cars from almost every country in Western Europe were transported to the beautiful circuit in the Ardennes area.