Motorsport.com art director Eric Gilbert presents the photos that he actually uses as screen savers (and that he has actually shot, also). He presents those photos on his personal Facebook page and is now sharing them on Motorsport.com. Enjoy.
24 Hours of the Nürburgring, Germany, 2012-05-20. One Sunday morning on the Döttinger Höhe.
One Sunday morning in May 2012, the sun rose on the Nürburgring and graced the most amazing track in the world with its gold shades. This region of Germany called the Eifel is not necessarily known for sunrises (or sunsets) so having this spectacular sight coincide with the morning of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring was even better.
For a while, the Döttinger Höhe, this massive 3-km stretch on the Nordschleife that takes the cars back to the start-finish line, started to look like the front straight at Sebring during a sunset. Except that the mountains and tall trees surrounding the Döttinger Höhe made the whole scene ethereal, in every senses of the word. This scene, layered with a field of 180 cars, some flying at speeds of 300 km/h at this precise location, gives all its magic to this 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
Then again, it also gives this same race its whole unpredictable nature in terms of weather conditions. In fact, I almost did not make it to the Döttinger Höhe: at 5h30, I was still sitting in the media center, editing photos when I had a look out the windows and realized that there was barely any cloud in the sky and that the chances of a sunrise were good. At precisely 5h50, I was shooting this photo. 20 minutes from the media center to the top of a bridge on the Döttinger Höhe ready with all my photo equipment: that also happened one Sunday morning on the Döttinger Höhe.