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.