I read an article on Jalopnik (see article) which expresses concern over the financial despair of Nürburgring. Apparently the track was in public ownership up until a few years ago, but the two guys that were recently hired to upgrade the grounds are in WAY over their heads.The upgrade includes a roller coaster, a hotel that is too large, and a shopping mall that remains empty most of the time.
To complete the project, they apparently falsely claimed that they had private financiers who would be investing. Also, wikileaks apparently blew the lid off the claim that the Nürburgring attracted more than two-million spectators/visitors per year. The actual statistics were less than half.
I'm a little skeptical of some of the info in the article, because I don't understand how the Nürburgring could be in need of money with all the manufacturers who rent it out, and the government grants that it receives. However, this information is apparently privileged and to prove their intentions of secrecy, Nürburgring lawyers sent a warning letter to Wilhelm Hahne (and also had his house searched) after he released some of this information. For those who don't know who Wilhelm Hahne is, he races the track frequently.
It would be horrible if the financial burden comes down on the pockets of the enthusiasts. I wish to visit the Nürburgring some day without having to sell both of my testicles. Have any of you ever been?