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The Ring?

I am going to be spending some time in Germany and want to know if there are any regular meets on the Nuburgring, or whether anyone would be interested in joining me there?

Also, I will have a long term rental for my car, anyone know what the rules are about driving them on the Ring?
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The new track and the old Northern Loop are private roads. Make sure you have insurance coverage there, and watch your mirrors.
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do you think I'll need special coverage for this? I guess it is time to start making some calls.
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You should make sure that your rental car is registered in Germany, and that way it should be covered by insurance. Some of the major companies don't allow driving on there at all. Your best bet maybe to check out a rental company, like this one who you can rent luxury cars from in Germany, and who are likely to be able to organise some kind of track day or guided driving tour of the best roads on the Ring. Or you could go for the Ring Taxi, which basically means you get to go round with a driver. It really depends on your budget and what you are looking for.
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And here are some rules of the ring:

Technically, the Ring is a one-way public toll road. This means that the German laws apply.

Give way to faster-moving traffic, allowing them to pass on the left (using your right-hand turn signal to indicate that you see them approaching) but bear in mind that they do not have to wait for you to indicate and will assume that any space to the left of your car is for them to use

Obey all posted speed signs (there is a speed limit at the Breidscheid bridge, although it is not regularly enforced)

The traffic is mixed between motorcycles and cars (and the occasional tour bus, too). The right of way should be given to the overtaking traffic regardless of vehicle type, so keep an eye out for those fast-approaching bikers; they are expecting you to hold your line. Remember that they are far less stable and far more vulnerable than you in your car

If you have an accident—solo or with another car—you must report it. If there is another vehicle involved, you must make arrangements to meet with the other parties off the track. Think of it just like an accident on a city street; you can't flee the scene without exchanging information and potentially speaking with the authorities

For life-threatening emergencies call +49 8000 302 112. For incidents that do not require immediate medical attention call the Ring office at +49 2691 302 215. Now would be a good time to save those numbers in your mobile phone

If there is an incident ahead of you and you are the first car to arrive, you may be required to either warn oncoming traffic or provide medical assistance—but never do anything that will put yourself in harm's way.

You are liable for damages to the circuit, your car, and anything (or anyone) else you hit. The Ring will charge you for damage to the barriers and for the towing service, as well as a track closure fee. These can add up to several thousand Euro, which is another reason to not crash.

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