In 2006, Aston Martin decided it was time to take on the Nürburgring. This meant tackling the 24 Hour Endurance race, and the goal was to do it in a car that was very nearly one of its road-going street cars.
Fifty years from now, when a retired journalist writes a book about Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and the SCG 003, it will be the tale of David and Goliath full of nice pictures and adjectives like ‘legendary’ and ‘astonishing’. And it won’t be far off the truth.
Most people go to the Nürburgring 24 to see race cars. Some people go there driving trucks. And the Ram really seems to be the F-150 of Europe.
I hate doing laundry so much that I usually drop it off somewhere and make a wash-and-fold joint do it. All that waiting and sitting at home. Grooooan. One spectator at the Nürburgring figured out how to make laundry tolerable, though: she set up right outside one of the turns at the 24 Hours race.
Phoenix Racing won last year’s Nürburgring 24 by setting a new distance record after completing 159 laps. The car you see here is wearing their #1 sticker.
It was in third position when it entered the pits, but then it decided to fire up properly and get a bit further from a podium finish.
[The first pit stop went well and while the SCG 003C entered the field again at the 24th position, their fastest lap is just 0.8 seconds off the fastest yet despite the traffic. 22 hours and 54 minutes to go! Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik]
To be honest, I haven’t seen much of the 24h Classic race itself as I was wandering around in the forest to make it to the Karussel corner—which is far, far away from civilization. Yet here are a zillion pictures anyway.
Wet, wetter, wall. The Nürburgring remains very much unforgiving, come rain or shine.
The Nürburgring 24 Hours starts at 4 pm today (10 am EDT), and here’s how you can tune in to see more of the action than we could possibly do at the track. Remember, no sleep ‘till Sunday afternoon!
[At the famous Karussell corner of the Nürburgring, here’s Macchinauno, currently the only operational SCG 003C playing tribute to Carlo Abarth, another master car builder who became a legend in his spare time. Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik]
Yes, unfortunately Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus lost one car for this weekend when Maccinadue hit a wall at 200 km/h at the Kesselchen during practice yesterday. The good news is that everybody is fine as Jim’s safety measures worked perfectly.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus didn’t leave anything to the last minute with the SCG 003C, and the team was pretty much ready to hit the Ring on Tuesday already. Yet that doesn’t mean they didn’t strip both cars bare naked numerous times for some final adjustments before the first practice laps, and I was there with my…
That’s a Motörhead 1 Series at the Nürburgring, and no, there will be no more mention of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus in this post, because I’ll have plenty about Jim and Co. later.
[Of course there’s somebody racing an old Viper at the ‘Ring! Team Titus Dittmann entered the N24 last year too, and it’s sehr gut to see those side pipes back. Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik.]
I drove all night to make sure I got to the Ring in time for the Jalopnik bump(s) to be added to the SCG 003’s livery before it was shown to the public in the nearby village of Adenau. That’s at least ten extra horsepower right there, success is inevitable.
[Mind you, the fact that Glickenhaus has the coolest car on the grid doesn’t mean last year’s winner, Audi forgot how to make a badass R8. Quite the opposite. I would pull over, just in case. Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik]
Among the amazing field of refined European sports cars at the Nürburgring, there’s this big ol’ slab of American iron towing race cars around... because Falken Motorsport obviously knows how to build a bad ass support truck.