The Nürburgring’s Nordschleife is widely considered one of the most challenging racetracks in the world. You could be forgiven for wanting a dedicated, sorted racecar to tackle the 154 corners in the 12.9-mile North Loop. Alternatively, you could take advantage of the track’s status as a public toll road, and take a hot lap in your vintage Chevy K1500 Silverado instead, as Robert Mitchell ably demonstrates.
The car in question was actually a birthday gift from YouTuber Misha Charoudin, who sourced the car from the US back in December 2020. The car, purchased from eBay, was a near-dupe of Robert’s first car, a 1989 Silverado in baby blue, and imported into Germany. It’s a great example of its era, packing GM’s 90-degree V6 under the hood and even a digital dash. The truck presents as almost factory fresh, with only a little dirt and a few dents to show for the last 30 years. Even the factory spare is still in place under the bed, untouched in 3 decades.
If you’re thinking that an aging farm truck wouldn’t make for a great track weapon, you’d be right—but that’s kind of the whole point. On the first lap, Robert is realistic, aiming for a sub-17 minute time and setting a goal to pass at least one other driver on the course. Handling is described as “floaty,” with plenty of squeal from the dry-rotted tires on the cold German asphalt. Performance from the V6 is weak as expected, too—even with the air conditioner off. For the full story and on track video, check out this article from The Drive.