Hockenheimring: Germanys No 1 Race Track


The Hockenheimring is Germany’s premier motor racing track, situated in the Rhine Valley in Baden-Württemberg. This circuit near the town of Hockenheim hosts the Formula 1 German Grand Prix every second year; it is also used for drag racing, in which cars reach 500 km/hr (over 300 miles per hour); the final of the International German Motorcycle Championship is held there; saloon car races are staged; and there are historic events in which drivers race 1960s race cars in front of 20,000 spectators. There is also a motor museum with 300 historic motorcycles and cars, and an annual event called ‘Veterama’ at which historic vehicles are bought and sold, and suppliers offer parts for enthusiasts restoring classic cars. In addition to all this motorsport, the track is used for public events such as fun-runs, off road cycling, and music concerts.
The free pictures on this page were taken at a motorsport event in July 2005.
There is a Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring scheduled for 20th to 22nd July 2018.

A little history
The Hockenheim circuit was built as a test track by Mercedes-Benz in 1939. However the Nurburgring circuit was the main venue for German motor racing, with only minor events taking place at Hockenheim. Hockenheim became famous in 1968 when Scots motor-racing ace Jim Clark was killed in a tragic accident on the circuit’s woodland stretch in a Formula 2 event.
In 1970, the Nurburgring was declared too dangerous and the Formula 1 races were moved to Hockenheim. After a Nurburgring upgrade, Formula 1 events returned to their original venue. In 1976, Austrian Niki Lauda’s horrific accident finally ended Nurburgring’s Formula 1 history and Hockenheim became the new home of the German Grand Prix. After that, Michael Schumacher’s rise to fame really put Hockenheim on the motor-racing map.

Getting there
By train: there is a railway station in Hockenheim, and on race weekends shuttle buses run from there to the circuit and local campsites. There are direct trains from Mannheim, and there are connections from Frankfurt and Heidelberg (change at Mannheim).
By air: the nearest airport is Mannheim City Airport, 20km (12 miles) away, or you could fly in to Karlsruhe or Frankfurt, both 85 km (53 miles) from the Hockenheimring.
By car: from Mannheim or Frankfurt take the A6 south as far as exit 29 signed Hockenheim. Follow the signs showing racing cars and motorbikes. From Koblenz or Köln it’s the A61 to exit 64. From Heidelberg you need the A5. Parking at the circuit is free.
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