It all began on 26 May 1927 – a historical date. That’s when the first motorcycle race was started here, at the time it was still called the Badberg- Viereck race. Over than 140,000 spectators lined the track. During the second run the following year there were a few injuries and several fatal accidents. As a result, the races were prohibited.
1973 was the end of that. The government of the GDR only held races with participants from the Eastern states. Western drivers were no longer permitted. It wasn’t until 1990 that everyone was allowed to race again. But for the time being it was the last year before a break. City transit no longer permitted this kind of competition. The Ring passed right through the town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal. That had always given the race a really special flair but during the previous season there had been three deaths.
But a Sachsenring without a race? First there was a bold plan to build a motodrome but it failed. That’s why ADAC Saxony detoured to Most and Brno as a last resort, in hopes of seeing the tradition of the Sachsenring race live on.
But the construction of a traffic safety centre at the Sachsenring in 1995 opened up completely new possibilities. Following some rebuilding in 1996, it can still be made into a racing track for cars and motorcycles if necessary. The “new” Sachsenring still contains parts of the old course but it has been expanded in keeping with the highest safety standards and no longer affects the public transportation system. The present facility has a permanent and contemporary pit lane facilities, a new start/finish tower, one of the most state-of-the-art race control centres ever. In light of these conditions, the Grand Prix circus returned to the historic site in 1998. A new press centre was constructed for the international press. The asphalt on the Sachsenring was completely redone last year, making it a modern racetrack, in keeping with Grand Prix sport standards for years to come. The MotoGP races at the Sachsenring have since acquired a legendary reputation. Over 220,000 spectators attended the most recent mega event.
The Free State of Saxony, ADAC and a special Sachsenring association invest huge amounts to keep the motor sport events and working conditions up to date.
Germany? Before the beginning there was Ginnungagap, an empty space of nothingness, filled with pure creative power. (Sort of like the inside of my head.)And it ends with Ragnarok, the twilight of the Gods. In between is much fighting, betrayal and romance. Just as a good Godly story should be.Heroes have their own graveyard called Valhalla. Unfortunately we cannot show you a panorama of it at this time, nor of the lovely Valkyries who are its escort service.Hail Odin, wandering God wielding wisdom and wand! Hail Freya, hail Tyr, hail Thor!Odin made the many lakes and the fish in them. In his traverses across the lands he caused there to be the Mulheim Bridge in Cologne, as did he make the Mercury fountain, Mercury being of his nature.But it is to the mighty Thor that the Hammering Man gives service.Between the time of the Nordic old ones and that of modern Frankfort there may have been a T.Rex or two on the scene. At least some mastodons for sure came through for lunch, then fell into tar pits to become fossils for us to find.And there we must leave you, O my most pure and holy children.Text by Steve Smith.