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      08-20-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Part 2 (The Green Hell) at http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=575954


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My love of BMW's started in 1988 with the purchase of my E30 325ic. I loved that car and like many of you, I have had the pleasure of owning many of these wonderful cars through the years. In 2000, as a graduation present I gave my son the E30 and it served him well through 450,000 miles - he drives a 335i today and loves the brand. I am happy to have passed this obsession on to my family and we had the pleasure of doing a PCD delivery last October form my wife's X5. Finally, after years of dreaming of ED the purchase of the 1M finally came true and to share that with my son was especially great! I am sincerely grateful to everyone on this forum for their willingness to share and support by sharing invaluable information - we were able to have a better trip as a result! I would also be remiss if I did not acknowledge the sales team at Otto's in West Chester, Pa. (especially Mike) who were ethical, supportive and enthusiastic from the very beginning over an eighteen month period where I insisted on being on a list before the car was announced - yes, I got plenty of heartburn with the crazy allocation process but believe me, it all goes away when you get to hit the "start button" on your special day. Ok, our goal was to drive passes (Grossglockner, Stelvio, Gotthard, Susten) and visit Koln and finally drive the "ring" ...... off we go ....

(this is my first time posting photos and videos so have patience and be gentle)

Our first night in Munich we did all the touristy things ..... seriously, if you did not have a beer or two how could you sleep?

Of course we had fun on the streets identifying Alfa's, Renault's and various cars that do not come to America but this one was a shocker ....

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..... not sure this one was "007" approved.


As they say "it's a small world" .... here we are with Forum Member "NachoB" and his wife who were having their 1M serviced. Great to get some good tips and make new friends! Safe trip home to Cali you guys!!!

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We had a 8 am appointment and a 9 am delivery so we were at the Welt at 7:30. The stay at Leonardo Royal was great (had a unique way to use the AC by putting in your room card) and very close - the bar staff there are also motor heads. I walked up to the observation platform on the chance my car was already in place and spotted a new convertible (another forum member and couple from Illinois). It was only a few minutes before I heard the whirring of the glass elevators and .....

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Our delivery specialist was "Tillman" and he was patient and fabulous answering our every question. The whole experience at the world was the BEST.

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Great fun for the first day with the car that immediately gave us both driving confidence amongst some brave motorbikes and tight curves.

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Mean, Mean snow machine on the way up .. there were people sledding ...

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Finally at the top ... now off to our targeted first day destination - Gerlos!

Video of "victory lap" at the Welt and some footage of driving Grossglockner ..... kinda long but give a good sense of the roads/views.




The light was starting to fade so the VO was starting it's personality shift ...

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This may be my favorite photo during the trip ...

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So we saw our fist "cow" road signs and it is not a joke .... cows could be around any corner crossing the road. Did however like the sound of the bells

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Almost dark but a beautiful waterfall ..... and a local native below ...

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Finally made it to Hotel Elisabeth ..... great hosts, great food, great town!

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More to come (if I figure out video) .... again, many thanks to all of you on this forum and to BMW for making a great car and having such a great delivery program!



Ok - I am going to apologize for my lack of technical knowledge and just keep adding content here as long as it will let me.

Day 2
found us heading through Innsbruck towards Stelvio. Nice to have a little rush from some Autobahn bursts (bye bye S3 and AMG) after a day of pass driving. Beautiful scenery as we started to wake up and anticipate Italy.


Time to wake up and get going .....
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Some scenery along the way .....
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Starting to get excited at what we see on the horizon ...

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The next section (begining of Stevio) you can't really appreciate and perhaps the video - will upload later today - will give you perspective. VERY tight and winding drive up the mountain (scary fun). We were finally able to pull over and take some photos where the gravel road starts.

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After a short few miles on gravel back on the tarmac ....

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At the Top, there are shops, restaurants and generally a fun atmosphere as people refresh and enjoy the views. We were both astonished at the amount of bicyclists and hikers who made the ascent.

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The view down the other side was breathtaking .... good thing we have great brakes

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Half way down with a view back towards the top ....
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The people who live here must have some commute ... lol

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After the pass we drove to San Gottardo to spend the night and prepare for some more passes and a sprint through Germany to Koln.

OK ... Stelvio Pass Video ... hope you enjoy!




OK ... sorry everyone, I said I was a photo rookie .... I deleted the first day photos when I went to upload the second day _ I will restore now ... Sorry!

Ok ... I hope everyone can see the photos from day one (did not restore the cows ....lol ... I'm learning


Day 3 - Gotthard, Sustenpass - heading North

We had trouble with the video camera and only shot about 28 seconds of the Gotthard pass. Very Scenic and a fun drive ... more neat tunnels that the other passes.

I have reached my limit of uploads with these pictures so I need to do some more learning/research before more posting (The Ring) or I will just create a new Post .... any help from a mod or experienced poster would be appreciated

Did I mention that there were "cows" everywhere. Living in Pennsylvania we are so very used to Deer ... not sure why cows in the road struck us so funny!

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Her are a few different perspectives of moving shots. The beauty of the panorama is a wonderful sight.

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After a short drive from Gotthard we went to the Sustenpass - long windy (not sharp) drive along the rim of the mountains. Really nice long views.

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      08-20-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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great pics!
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Thanks! I noticed your delivery date, ours was the 11th. Have you gotten a confirmation on what ship your car will be on - Congratulations!
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Nice photos & a great ED. Man... all these Alpine pass threads of late is giving me the itch to head South for the Alps! I realy need to discover a new Alte Pass.
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Congrats to both you and Nacho.. Ill be driving that road in 3 weeks!!!
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So far, so great!
Thank you ... finally figured out how to link to you tube so we will make progress over the next few days ..... I wish I know how to add a placeholder for day 2,3,4,etc

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Nice photos & a great ED. Man... all these Alpine pass threads of late is giving me the itch to head South for the Alps! I realy need to discover a new Alte Pass.
Dackelone - thank you for all your help prior to the trip. I did not post trips of the museum as yours are so fantastic but t was really awesome to see the art car display. On your itch, since you have done Grossglockner I can heartily suggest the sustenpass near Gotthard and Furka ..... long views and intersting transitions. Regards!

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Papethova - You will have a fantastic time, well worth the effort and the wait. I have a safety vest (required in Austria and some other countries) that I can send you (save you a few Euro's) - the only stipulation is that you offer to pass it along to some other ED addict! If you are interested just PM me your address.
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congrats!


nice photos

2-3weeks to go for me now - funny how you guys got to drive the 1M on "my" local roads before i can

i have never been much of a partriot but sometimes i am glad i live here
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O.M.G. - I must make ED a priority the next time I get a new BMW.

Bloody fantastic! Thank you for sharing!
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Nice. Reminds me on my recent trip.
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Great pix .It must be tuff to get out of that sweet ride and have to wait for it to arrive in Pa. Thanks for sharing.
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Amazing pics, thx for sharing.

Anymore cool scenery en route?
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Great pictures. I'm in the United lounge in Chicago waiting for my flight to Munich and these pictures are getting me pumped! I'm excited and will be on the gross pass on monday!
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Love the write up! Looks like you had an experience of a lifetime. Most people will never truly appreciate Germany (or Europe in general) until it is experienced first hand!
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WOW! Love the video, especially driving out of Welt. It's such a shame that us guys in the UK can't get an ED delivery as I'd love to go and collect my car from there.

Thanks for sharing your special collection experience with us
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Love the write up! Looks like you had an experience of a lifetime. Most people will never truly appreciate Germany (or Europe in general) until it is experienced first hand!
although the really cool roads as seen on the photos are in austria
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Congrats on your new VO!! Great pics

Jealous, by comparison, Aussie deliveries are definitely underwhelming!
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nice photos

2-3weeks to go for me now - funny how you guys got to drive the 1M on "my" local roads before i can

i have never been much of a partriot but sometimes i am glad i live here
Thank you ..... your roads are fantastic. We were very surprised at the consistency and good state of repair of the alpine roads. Since you know where to "let her loose" I am sure you will have great fun.

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O.M.G. - I must make ED a priority the next time I get a new BMW.

I can tell you that I have been especially thirsting for ED since the Welt was built and you won't regret the decision to do a ED. I only wish I had tagged on a few extra days ....

Bloody fantastic! Thank you for sharing!
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Nice. Reminds me on my recent trip.
Great, like you, now when others post their experiences I can go ... "YES" ... ahhhhh the memories!

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Great pix .It must be tuff to get out of that sweet ride and have to wait for it to arrive in Pa. Thanks for sharing.
In an upcoming post I have a picture of the drop off and yes, it was hard to "walk away". It looks like she will be on a ship (Elektra) this week and it says arriving somewhere around the 11th of September - sounds way to quick but I'm OK if that happens. I will be happy if it gets here to drive the fall season ... turning leaves with VO should be photo opps!

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Amazing pics, thx for sharing.

Happy Too ... Thanks!

Anymore cool scenery en route?
Yes, I have Italy, Switzerland, Germany (ring) yet to post. Still trying to understand if I can just update this post with new material or how to add new post in this thread .... new for me, please be patient

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Great pictures. I'm in the United lounge in Chicago waiting for my flight to Munich and these pictures are getting me pumped! I'm excited and will be on the gross pass on monday!
Congratulations ..... make sure you stop for lunch/beer at Zell am See along the way ... neat little town with great views. Look forward to your post!

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Love the write up! Looks like you had an experience of a lifetime. Most people will never truly appreciate Germany (or Europe in general) until it is experienced first hand!
I agree - my son is truly still searching for the right adjectives to describe the experience. I can honestly say that one of the other great parts of the trip was the conversations and hospitality of the people in each country .... cars are a universal language and the 1M starts plenty of conversations. Have fun!

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WOW! Love the video, especially driving out of Welt. It's such a shame that us guys in the UK can't get an ED delivery as I'd love to go and collect my car from there.

LOL ..... it was fun taking the victory lap ... love the way the car ecchoed in there.

Thanks for sharing your special collection experience with us
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although the really cool roads as seen on the photos are in austria
Yes, more to come.

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Congrats on your new VO!! Great pics

Thank you - I was really unsure of the color since I had not seen it in person but as the say "now I'm in love" ... lot's of personality!

Jealous, by comparison, Aussie deliveries are definitely underwhelming!
I hope you can make the trip next time you get a new toy ... it is worth it!


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Really nice! Hope to see pics from the ring! I will go to Austria in October, so i will also drive up the Grossglockner!
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Really nice! Hope to see pics from the ring! I will go to Austria in October, so i will also drive up the Grossglockner!
Hi Steve, Great to hear from you. I hope to have all the pictures and video from the ring done later this week. That sure was a fun day and it was good to see you! Did you realize that there were 4, 1m's there that day all VO's

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Congrats. I hope to one day be able to do a ED...
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Awesome so far! Great that you got to meet nachoB. Great photo of you all , currently posting from my phone, can't wait to see your photos on a computer screen.

I am hoping to meet up with others on my ED date 9/1 as well.
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