I went around the 'ring on June 12, 2013. I'll let my friend Aaron Brown describe the lap as he did a nice job.

Early last month, the automotive gods blessed me by allowing me to take a BMW 118i around a track in the Eifel region of Germany.

This track, is known as the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

My lap was done in a BMW 118i with normal street tires (probably all seasons) during a touristenfahrten session. I wasn't trying to clip apexes, get a lap time of under 10 minutes, or chase down every car that passed me. I took it very calm because I did not want to die. It was only my second day with that car, I didn't know the full limits of it or its tires, and I did not want to be the star of another horrible Nürburgring crash video.

With that being said, it was one of the best things I've done in my life, and almost definitely the best thing I did during my time spent in Germany.

It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I hope to return one day to the Green Hell. Add to the fact that the rental car was not in my name, I had to be extra cautious.

EDIT: Using the Bridge to Gantry method, my lap time is around 14:03.