Photo: Oliver Kälke (touribilder.de)

Saying the Nürburgring is good is like calling water wet, or Puffalumps soft. It just is. I drove the biggest and the littlest Volkswagens that we don’t get in America on the ‘Ring over the summer. I even asked you what you wanted to know about the Amarok! Now you can read about it over on Autoblog.

Photo: Björn Mertes (RingSpion.de)

I’d only driven the Nordschleife once, though, so I opted to get some instruction before taking a press truck around there. I even went in the littlest VW currently on sale elsewhere in the world: the thoroughly delightful Up!

This one was Misha “Boosted Boris” Charoudin’s internet-famous Sub7Up! It’s always a fun time when you get to ask, “So, uh, how did you get tipped off that the 919 Evo was practicing for a record run?” That article lives over at The Drive.

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I didn’t fall off the face of the earth, I swear! Let’s be honest: if I’d have taken a press truck and ran, it probably just would’ve been around the Nürburgring some more. It’s weirdly delightful to tower over everybody’s ‘Ring-tools in a big orange pickup. However, the ‘Ring actually closes for winter, and I probably would’ve gone home then anyway.

Cue the Jaws theme.
Photo: Guido Sippel (Bofos)

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Fine, you can pass.
Photo: Guido Sippel (Bofos)
Mine’s still bigger.
Photo: Guido Sippel (Bofos)

Anyway, I’m still looking for another full-time job, and putting freelance stuff wherever I can in the meantime. Build of the Week should be back over here in January, in case you’ve wondered where that’s been. Please continue sending me wonderful builds that are simply too good for this toilet earth. (Yes, that address still works.)

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That’s also a good place to send any openings you see for an English-language writer in the greater Nürburg area, especially if they’ll chip in on relocation costs. Just...throwing that out there.