Because of a bizarre change of plans we ended up in Kerpen, Germany last
weekend. Most tifosi know whom this village is famous for: Michael Schumacher.
For a couple of years there has been a karting centre that bears his name
next to highway A4. Everytime we drive to the Nürburgring we say
to each other we have to visit it one day and that day came last Saturday.
We got a private tour by the race controller of the local kart track, which is located a couple of kilometres from the Schumacher track. He showed us a video of Michael in his early days and we learned his first car was a Fiat 500. This car was the first item on display in the museum. We were told this car had been totally restored by the Fiat company and painted in Ferrari red. Next to it was one of the early karts Michael drove. Period pictures and paper headlines completed the history. The first real race car present was a Formula Ford. Next to it were two Formula 3 cars; one of Michael's and one of brother Ralf's. And then we entered the F1 room. The oldest car there is the 1995 championship winning Benetton-Renault. And from every year between 1996 and 2002 with the exception of 1998 there is a Ferrari present. Ferrari only releases its F1 cars to other parties two years after they have been last-raced, so the guide told us they are expecting a 2003 car soon.
We ended the tour and decided to go for a run on the indoor track. Just
like the outdoor circuit it has some interesting and difficult corners.
The karts were great again and we had good fun. When we went outside again
a Ferrari 348tb was parked in front of the karting centre. It showed that
some of the ‘Maranello magic’ surrounds the location here.
So if you are going to the Nürburgring and have some time to spend
make sure you stop by at Michael Schumacher. It is a great way to pass
the time or take a close look at the championship winning F1 cars. You
can find more information on their
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