A lap with Sabine in the Ring Taxi


Trip 1 (Easter 2002)
Trip 2 (May 2002)
2002 24H (June)
Trip 3 (June 2002)
Trip 4 (July 2002)
Trip 5 (August 2002)
Trip 6 (August 2002)
Trip 7 (September 2002)
Trip 8 (September 2002)
Trip 9 (September 2002)
Trip 10 (November 2002)
Trip 11 (March 2003)
Trip 12 (April 2003)
Trip 13 (Easter 2003)
Trip 14 (May 2003)
Trip 15 (May 2003)
Trip 16 (June 2003)
Trip 17 (July 2003)
Trip 18 (August 2003)
Trip 19 (August 2003)
Trip 20 (September 2003)
Trip 21 (November 2003)
Trip 22 (November 2003)
Trip 23 (November 2003)
Trip 24 (February 2004)
Trip 25 (March 2004)
Trip 26 (April 2004)
Trip 27 (April 2004)
Trip 28 (May 2004)
Trip 29 (May 2004)
Trip 31 (July/August 2004)
Trip 32 (August 2004)
Trip 33 (September 2004)
Trip 34 (October 2004)
Trip 35 (October 2004)
Trip 36 (October 2004)
Trip 37 (November 2004)
Trip 38 (November 2004)
Trip 39 (November 2004)
Trip 40 (March 2005)
Trip 41 (April 2005)
Trip 42 (April 2005)
Trip 43 (April 2005)
Trip 44 (May 2005)
Trip 45 (June 2005)
Trip 46 (July 2005)
Trip 47 (August 2005)
Trip 48 (August 2005)
Trip 49 (August 2005)
Trip 50 (August 2005)
Trip 51 (September 2005)
Trip 52 (October 2005)
Trip 53 (March 2006)
Trip 54 (April 2006)
Trip 55 (Easter 2006)
Trip 56 (April 2006)
Trip 57 (May 2006)
Trip 58 (June 2006)
Trip 59 (July 2006)
Trip 60 (August 2006)
Trip 61 (April 2007)
Trip 62 (April 2007)
Trip 63 (June 2007)
Trip 64 (August 2007)
Trip 65 (September 2007)
Trip 66 (November 2007)
Trip 67 (May 2008)
Trip 68 (May 2008)
Trip 69 (June 2008)
Trip 70 (July 2008)
Trip 71 (September 2008)

The RingBunny
Who's the RingBunny?
Full laps
Bits and pieces
Guest producers
RingBunny R-rated *

Ecurie Europe
First pics

Sabine Schmitz
Guest commentator at 24H
Video: 24H-rennen lap
Meets Jeremy Clarkson
Video: Inside the Ring Taxi

Odd bits
The Ring in print
Preparing for the first laps
24h 2006 torrent
Søren having fun with his M3
Ringers quiz 2002
Make a donation
Site stats *

Jørund Seim
Video: Lap of Legends
Video: Hire van

Links marked with a * require a password.

Doing a lap in the Ring Taxi is something everybody should do at least once in their lives. This video was taken on 7 July 2002, using a digital video camera mounted to the windshield with a suction mount. The passengers are Euan, who's doing the filming and interviewing from the front seat, while Francis and I are getting tossed around in the back.

Note: this video was filmed before Nürburgring GmbH banned filming during tourist hours.

If you want to download this video, please take a minute to read a short description of another event that took place the same day: the fatal accident of Jørund Seim crashing on an oil spill a few hours later. The explanation and the video are available from this page.

For those with less bandwidth I did some framegrabs and prepared some sound bites to capture a number of highlights from the lap.

At Hatzenbach Sabine demonstrates how to use up a set of tyres in 10 laps ... if she takes care.

Up Flugplatz this Porsche Boxster was a bit surprised by the speed margin with which he was about to be overtaken...

On the approach to Aremberg Sabine casually remarks that the ABS is broken. Euan wants to know if that's good or bad for her. The answer is a succinct "Shit". :-))

On the uphill stretch of Fuchsröhre a crash had happened. As Sabine put it after coming back: "Es hat gut geknallt." Sabine had already put on the brakes and picked a safe line through when we encountered the energetically waved arms of the guy on the left, eliciting a beautiful "Jaaaaaaaa!" from Sabine.

Between Metzgesfeld and Kallenhard our interviewer Euan picks up the line of questioning, wanting to know if Sabine likes her job or not. She hasn't had breakfast yet, so ...

Up Ex-Mühle Jørund overtook us, doing a big wheelie before disappearing from sight at Bergwerk.

On the way to Karussell there was a discussion about the Jeremy Clarkson program "Visiting the Neighbours". Sabine explained that some bits had been edited out...

When approaching Hohe Acht I decided to help our interviewer a bit, and asked Sabine if she'd ever driven the Ring backwards. She answered that she'd only done sections of the Ring backwards and that it was too dangerous... She then proceeded to jump the kerb at Wippermann just a tiny bit :-)

Sabine put the M5 in a nice big slide for the audience at Brünnchen while berating it at the same time: "Bloody heavy car you!" Francis then dryly remarked that he believed they'd been faster through that section. Yeah right... At Eiskurve the camera mount decided it had put up with all the G-forces long enough and decided to drop off the windshield. This resulted in some artsy shots of the track at an angle, the trees on the left (!) side of the track, the sky, and a useful closeup of the dash.

All this was of course accompanied by lots of laughter and some interesting body-language from Sabine and some swearing by Euan. I didn't see the problem, as this would provide us with a good excuse to do another lap with Sabine in the future :-)

Fortunately, Euan managed to get the camera under control again before the big jump at Pflanzgarten III.

On the approach to Galgenkopf divine inspiration struck him: he pointed the camera at Sabine saying "Sabine at work". Sabine immediately slouched in the seat, flirted with the camera and started whistling (all the while doing a 200km/h 4-wheel drift). I think she was having as much fun as her passengers.

At the end of the lap she congratulated us on still being alive. Francis made sure we had our priorities straight: "You should guard that video with your life". Amen. As a precaution several copies have already been made. One of those was done in the carpark with the help of Simon. That copy was given to Sabine (along with a bottle of Blue Nun) as a thank-you for a brilliant ride. She's been playing the tape for her customers at the Fuchsröhre, so you might have seen it there.