RINGSIDE SEAT: PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS
The million dollar supercars are in town and Dale's been hitching a few rides
This is Gran Turismo Nurburgring; now officially the Premier League Nurburgring trackday. At a mere 3,500 Euros per car (plus tax), it's a three-day, five-star party with more tracktime than most cars can handle without a service of some kind. Ferarris and high-end Porsches abound. A nice 996 GT3 or E46 M3 looks like a poor-man's car in this company.
An event like this attracts the kind of customer who has a very special car, and who doesn't mind forking out a lot of money to enjoy it with some likeminded petrolheads. And one of those customers is Bard Eker - founder and MD of Eker Group. The company that also owns 49 per cent of Koenigsegg.
But who can blame us for forming a crowd around his parking spot? He's driving a bright red Agera R. An 1,115hp hypercar that at just 1,295kg in weight makes a Veyron look heavy and a tad-underpowered.
Only one other car in the car park can hold a candle to the presence of the Swedish monster. It's got a 'for sale' sign in the window, and a read of the spec-sheet reveals it's not just a Pagani. It's a Zonda F Clubsport. One of just 25 ever made.
After only a few corners it's obvious that both drivers are not too happy with this. Not only is it like trying to keep an amphetamine-addled tiger on a short leash, but the photographer keeps motioning for about two million Euros of cars to come closer together. Terrifying...
Just when my nerves can't take it anymore, the 1.5 mile Doettinger Hoehe straight appears in front of us. I look across and see the grin on Bard's face. Photographer be damned. My head isn't about to be turned by these cars, it's going to be thrown back into the blue leather headrest by 600 of AMG's finest V12 horses being trounced ... see the video below!