Yes, an actual race. Not the usual 'Ring chassis development story or vanity lap time (James May has some words to say about this in the latest issue of Top Gear magazine) but real, proper competition.
Overshadowed a bit by the Le Mans, the Nurburgring 24hrs is arguably the most gruelling of the endurance races. It uses all 14-odd miles of the Nordschleife and is geared more towards production cars and, relatively at least, amateur drivers.
But, is it better than Le Mans? Been to either? Let us know.