The view up the hill from the Brunnchen fanzone. Any view is always improved by a caravan.
This Volvo 850 looks like it was driven into place before being ingeniously converted into a hot tub. It wasn't the only water feature in the village, either.
This is how the local N24 fans roll. With a tractor - and what looks like a homemade corrugated caravan. "Have you come far, then?"
"I fear the lounge suite may never be the same again, dear. Told you we should have brought camping chairs."
Imagine climbing this, drunk and carrying the chainsaw that so many here consider essential for a weekend's camping, and it'll become clear why a medical presence may be necessary
The German Red Cross has a sizeable presence in the Brunnchen fanzone. Stretchers and bodies not pictured.
The view you get of Pflanzgarten from the trackside.
Car on fire? Then of course you need recovery by a pickup truck liveried in flames.
"The more the merrier," roughly translated. At least we think that's what it says.
"What's the yellow one called again? Licking what? And what about the noisy black one?" Luigi only knew the Ferraris.
And wouldn't Maxi's mum be proud of what he'd made?
No scaffolding-based paddock edifice would be complete without a nice bit of trellis and some flower baskets
This won our prize for 'fire most likely to cause injury and also be visible from space'. Was still burning at 9am, when most others were smouldering remnants
Empties. Plenty of hangovers, too - not pictured.
Even the plywood gets dressed up on saturday night at N24.
In observance of the rules, camper vans were not to be found anywhere. But lashed-up deathtrap monoliths and homemade swimming pools are fine, obviously. Fill your boots.
"A half of your finest pale ale and a glass of dry sherry, please. I do carry my CAMRA membership card if there's any chance of a discount."
The Nürburgring 24hr endurance race, held this weekend at the infamous German motorsport mecca, may be the world’s most outrageous racing event.
It’s made unique by the punishing 15.5-mile circuit it’s contested on; by the 200-strong, borderline dangerously varied field of cars entered; by the incredible bravery and skill of the drivers who tackle it; and not least by the hedonistic commitment of the fans who descend on that particular corner of the Eifel mountains in their hundreds of thousands every Whitsun bank holiday weekend.
Last year's race was won by the Land Motorsport Team's Audi R8 LMS driven by Connor De Phillippi, Christopher Mies, Markus Winkelhock and Kelvin van der Linde. 109 cars finished the race, among them VW Golfs, Renault Clios, Porsche Caymans and Opel Astras as well as the Mercedes-AMG GTs, BMW M6s, Porsche 911s and others.
If you’ve been to ‘N24’, you’ll know about the race’s many vast camping areas and the hardcore festival atmosphere that overtakes them during race week. The most densely populated are the ones adjacent to the most popular spectating areas of the Nordschleife – at Karussell, Brunnchen, Metzgesfeld and Adenau – where the fans arrive early to build multi-storey edifices out of wood, steel, scaffold – and sometimes tractors – and to dedicate them to drinking, partying and watching the racing that’s unfolding just a few metres away. When you hear N24 drivers talk about the smell of bonfires and barbeques filtering into their helmets during a long night stint, it’s these fans they’re talking about.
Ahead of this year's race, we look back at the time we took an impromptu tour of the camping areas at Brunnchen and Pflanzgarten to bring you some photographic flavour of what it’s like to be a super-fan at N24. The images we captured were taken at last year's race, at around 9am on Sunday morning, 18 hours into the racing action, after a long night of bingeing on the race’s overdose of motorsport party fever.
Click through the gallery above to see them all.