From the UK - two M3s and three 1Ms - a genuine on-the-limit adventure through the entire European Alps from France to Austria, a visit to BMW and Porsche Museums, and the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
On 1addicts, The Ultimate ///M Euro Drive 2013 (See Journal)
for one of our 1M owner's perspective of our trip,
Fellow M3poster, M European Alpine Road Trip '13 - 3100 miles /// 10 days /// 6 countries /// 5 Ms (See Journal)
List of mountain passes:
Col de Turini
Col de la Bonette
Col du Galibier
Col de l’Iseran (highest paved pass in the Alps)
Col des Aravis
St. Gotthard Pass
San Bernardino Pass
Grossglocker High Alpine Road
Boarding the Eurotunnel at 1.30 in the morning!
Under the sea in a train - never gets old!
A third of the way down France and time for a power nap
Two-thirds of the way down France and we stop for our first puncture repair.
Casino Square, Monte Carlo, and a lap of the Monaco GP circuit.
First mountain pass: Col de Turini and this marks the start of the Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road).
On top of Col de Turini
View of the north side of Col de Turini
2nd mountain pass: Col de la Bonette
3rd pass: Col d’Izoard
Hotel for the night: Alliey & Spa in the village of Monetier-les-Bains in Serre Chevalier
Morning! What a quaint hotel, and its views of the French Alps are just serene.
Some members of the hotel staff just can't get up for work!
4th pass: Col du Galibier - lots of "cow-bell" noises
Amongst the many forts along the Route Des Grandes Alpes
5th pass: Col de l’Iseran (highest paved pass in the Alps)
View of Lac de Roselend after descending Col de l’Iseran.
Le Dard Waterfall
Good morning Switzerland!
7th pass: Grimsel Pass and parked up atop a dam.
View down the north side of Grimsel Pass.
8th pass: Furka Pass
13th pass: Umbrail Pass
14th pass: good morning Stelvio from our mountain cabin!
View of the west side of Stelvio Pass.
Our mountain cabin (in a castle)!
Another view of our mountain cabin!
15th pass: Amongst the clouds at Gavia Pass
Spotted an i8 as we were leaving Italy
Arrived Austria and although a little late, our hotel (Glocknerhof) fixed up some food specially for us.
Good morning! View of the Austrian Alps from our rooms.
Breakfast with a view!
Another view of the Glocknerhof Hotel
16th pass: Nockalmstrasse
Porsche Museum in Gmund, Austria, the birthplace of the first Porsche named vehicle - the Porsche 356.
We depart from our 2nd hotel in Austria
And head straight for the 17th pass: Grossglockner High Alpine Road. We stopped along the pass to view Pasterze glacier near Grossglockner - at approximately 8.4 kilometers in length, it's the longest glacier in Austria and in the Eastern Alps reaching from the 3,453-metre Johannisberg to 2,100 metres above sea level.
Descending Grossglockner High Alpine Road
18th pass: Gerlos Alpenstrasse and the Krimml Wasserfall
BMW Welt and the museum
Our hotel at Nurburg, which is owned by the Schmitz (Sabine) family.
Stay tuned for the videos in the upcoming weeks!