Aston Martin Zagato: driven at the ‘Ring
Where better to test a bespoke prototype than the Nürburgring 24 Hour race?
Posted: 28 May 2012
When Jackie Stewart christened the Nürburgring the ‘Green Hell', he wasn't being complimentary. In fact, he hated the bloody place. At the start of the 1968 German Grand Prix, Stewart's then team boss, the irascible Ken Tyrrell, leaned into the cockpit and told his driver: "Today, you are certainly underpaid."
Stewart, of course, went on to win the race in treacherous conditions by just over four minutes from Graham Hill. It was probably his finest hour, but also the one that scared him the most. Forty-three years later, those crazy Germans have taken the idea of the grüne Hölle and run with it.
Words: Jason Barlow
Pics: Aston Martin