Category Archives: VLN 9/2010, Nürburgring
The VLN (ger.: short for Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstrecke Nürburgring) is an organization of motor sport clubs and also the name of the long-distance car race which is conducted on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, the famous German race track. Between 2001 and 2009, the race was called BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft (BFGLM) after a tire brand sold by Michelin. There are ten races per year, one of which is hosted by each one of the motor sport clubs constituting the VLN.
The cars that take part in the races are close-to-production vehicles and are divided into different groups depending on their cubic inches. Points are issued at the end of each race depending on the finish position and the number of opponents in the car’s class. After the tenth race, a winner in each class an an overall winner of the VLN is determined.
The start numbers of the cars depicted in the photographs are given in parentheses.
Sponsors of the VLN include the AvD (ger.: Automobilclub von Deutschland), Premio (a tire manufacturer), H&R (a German producer of car chassis and other car parts), ATS Leichtmetallräder GmbH (a wheel manufacturer), ROWE Motor Oil, the PS3 game Gran Turismo and the German motor sport magazine sport auto.
These three BMW race cars (two BMW M3 and one BMW Z4) drove through the corner of “Brünnchen” on the Nordschleife in bulk. The cars’ head lights are being nicely reflected on the wet tarmac.
-  Werner Gusenbauer (Plochingen), Andreas Herwerth (Bretzfeld) (BMW M3)
-  Dominik Thiemann (Lemgo), Thomas Frank (Stuttgart) (BMW M3)
-  Rainer Kathan (Bad Wiessee), Max Kuypers (Bruckmühl) (BMW Z4)
This black BMW Z4 (start number 105) was quite a looker with it’s yellow head lights. The photo was taken in the corner on “Brünnchen” on the Nordschleife. The Nordschleife is also called Green Hell (ger.: Grüne Hölle) – on this day, however, it was more of a wet hell…
I used a short exposure time (1/400 sec) and an slightly elevated ISO of 200 to freeze the action under these difficult lighting conditions.
-  Rudi Adams (Ahütte), Stefan Aust (Castrop-Rauxel), Peter Posavac (Essen) (BMW Z4 GT3)
The Renault Clio had made contact with the BMW 3 Series in the entrance of the corner on “Brünnchen” on the Nordschleife. This made the BMW drift through the corner, as shown in the photo. After a few very long seconds, the driver got the car back in line and continued the race.
As this happened, my camera was in manual mode and set to a long exposure time of 1/80 of a second. I took four photos in quick succession and tried to pan the camera with the central car. One of the four pictures turned out to be reasonably sharp.
-  Christoph Dupré (Schiffweiler), Claus Dupré (Schiffweiler) (Honda Accord Type-R)
-  Hans-Robert Holzer (Koblenz), Günther Hartwig (Baden-Baden), Andres Serrano (Ecuador) (BMW 325i)
-  Helmut Baumann (Alfter), Horst Baumann (Bonn) (Renault Clio Cup)
This photo shows a black BMW Z4 driving away on from “Brünnchen” on the Nordschleife. The red rear lights are being reflected on the wet tarmac, and the tires swirl up some water from the track.
The short exposure time of 1/400 of a second gives a sharp picture of the fast moving car, while the wide open aperture lets the road in the back nicely fade away and melt into the horizon.
-  Detlef Hirsch (Minden), Masashige Itho (Japan), Patrick Kentenich (Neuss) (BMW Z4)
This tuned blue VW Scirocco looked really nice driving down the “Hohe Acht” on the Nordschleife. At an exposure time of 1/100 second I had to pan the camera to get a sharp photo of the car. This causes everything but the car to blur. To add to the resulting impression, I reduced the color saturation and added some more blur to the racetrack during digital post-processing.
-  Stefan Wieninger, Florian Huber, Georg Niederberger (Volkswagen Scirocco GT 24)