Legendary Nurburgring racetrack up for sale
Merely mention the iconic 12.8-mile stretch of smooth Tarmac to car fans and watch as a look of terror and then excitement envelopes their face.
The 1,000ft of elevation change from its lowest to highest point, the array of hidden cambers and the sheer amount of speedy traffic is enough to test the nerve of even the most skilful driver but all of this racing history is now available to the highest bidder.
Jens Lieser, a state-appointed liquidator in Germany, has gone on record to say that the track is definitely for sale.
It is not yet known whether the entire racing park will be sold in pieces or as a whole but rumours suggest the asking price is around €125 million.
It is also said there are currently between five and ten interested buyers, that figure is down from around 50 when news first broke of the 'Ring's financial difficulties.
Many locals, track-users and Nurburgring campaigners are worried that grass-roots motorsport will disappear - along with the opportunity for the general public to pay to use the rack – if a serious investor comes along.
Unofficial Nurburgring website bridgetogantry.com points outs: "A potential buyer could walk away from the table with the F1-spec Grand Prix circuit and the humongous money-maker that is the 20.8km Nordschleife. Maybe it will be sold in pieces; maybe it will be sold in one chunk. Not only is this some prime real estate, but it's practically the centre of the automotive universe."
There is one man who may be pleased with the news and that's Top Gear's James May, who has famously ranted about car manufacturer's obsession with testing and setting up their cars on the German circuit.
May said in an issue of Top Gear magazine, "I may be alone in this, but I reckon that a lot of performance cars I drive lack proper feel. I blame the Nurburgring. Being able to claim that your daily driver holds a production car lap record somewhere in Germany is a good boast down the pub for the feeble minded, and the map of the place that Aston Martin embroidered on the centre console of the N400 might make its owners feel superior, but it's all nonsense."