Luxemburg is Europe’s secret supercar heaven

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Tiny, boring Luxemburg is not the first thing that comes to mind for spotting supercars. That’s until you consider its economics and location: a rich tax haven less than an hour from the Nürburgring. Now we’re talking.

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On my first and only trip to Luxemburg, a 1,000-square mile duchy sandwiched between Belgium, France and Germany, I was struck by its resemblance to D.C.’s suburbs: vast sprawls of goverments buildings connected by streets populated by well-paid bureaucrats driving various gray cars at terribly slow speeds.

It wasn’t until we got into my friend’s hot little Citroën for a two-hour drive to nearby Cologne in Germany that things got interesting. On the one hand, my friend shared his parking garage with a 1965 Ferrari GT 2+2. On the other, I soon realized why the local vegetation looked like the backdrop to all the Nordschleife speed runs on YouTube. Not long after we’d hit the Luxemburg–Cologne autobahn, we passed a road sign that directed motorists to the Nürburgring.

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(I’m sad to report it was a road sign we failed to follow.)

The track’s proximity and the fact that Luxemburg is a fabulously well-to-do tax haven smack in the middle of northwest Europe makes for interesting scenes at gas stations, like the one pictured here by Jalopnik reader and local resident Thierry: a black Ferrari Enzo and an homage to a Ruf CTR Yellowbird making a refueling stop at the same time.

Photos by Thierry Couve

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I do like the Yellowbirds vanity plate.