Nürburgring Classic: Cultural? Good!

At the Nürburgring Classic event, unique vintage cars are driven race-ready. And watches are worn that are more valuable than some of the the racers. But that is important.
Text Jack Weil
Photo Matthias Mederer · ramp.pictures

Strolling through the historic pit area of the old 1927 paddock at the Nürburgring Classic Event and looking at the historic vehicles and the people working on the machines, you feel like there should be a legal obligation to hold such events.

After all, the car as a cultural asset is only minimaly compatible with a sterile museum, including air-conditioned and purified air. The car, as a cultural asset, must be able to breathe, burn and smell - of oil and gasoline and rubber. And it has to drive. Fast. Slowly. And above all through curves. Just like at the Nürburgring Classic. And the claim is to be taken quite seriously: »Be a racer for a weekend,« is the motto. 22 race series and special runs with almost 800 starters, historic DTM cars from the »Golden Era« are there and many well-known drivers are running around.

You feel like there should be a legal obligation to hold such events.

Those who know Richard Mille, the brand and the name giver and company founder, know about this man's preference for classic cars and racing vehicles. At the same time, however, he also knows that Richard Mille consciously never relies on retro design for watches, but is always looking for new technical solutions and wants to combine new materials.

The car, as a cultural asset, must be able to breathe, burn and smell - of oil and gasoline and rubber. And it has to drive. Fast. Slowly. And above all through curves.

This difference, and at the same time the rarity of a Richard Mille and a classic vintage car, creates a charming ambience at an event like the Nürburgring Classics, while at the same time always fulfilling the cultural mission and serving the collector's passion. Some customers have owned - and regularly worn - every watch since the introduction of one of the first Richard Mille RM001s over 20 years ago without exception.

And so the circle closes: Vintage and classic racing cars need to be driven. Watches - no matter how expensive and exclusive - should be worn.

As often as possible.


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