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      09-26-2013, 02:58 AM   #1
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The Ultimate ///M Euro Drive 2013

Take 5 BMW M's, 5 car enthusiasts, 6 European countries, 3100 miles, 81 hrs at the wheel, 18 alpine passes and a trip to the Nurburgring. 3 punctures, 1 speeding fine, temps ranging from 30 deg to zero, rain, shine and snow..... All done within 10 days with an average 300 miles per day = The Ultimate ///M Euro Drive.

What more is there to say other than let the many pictures do the talking!

Col de Turini
Col de la Bonette
Col d’Izoard
Col du Galibier
Col de l’Iseran (highest in the Alps at 2770m)
Col des Aravis
Grimsel Pass
Furka Pass
St. Gotthard Pass
San Bernardino Pass
Fluela Pass
Ofen Pass
Umbrail Pass
Stelvio Pass
Gavia Pass
Nockalmstrasse
Grossglocker High Alpine Road
Gerlos Alpenstrasse





The clean before the storm


Departed 0120 bound for France




First leg of the journey was a long one, some 800 miles from London to Nice, so an early morning stop and an 'attempt' at sleeping was required.







Encountering our first puncture onroute to Nice and some time out to find help with repairs





And still clean!

BMW was of little help with the repair and we ended up at an Opel dealership of all places


Repair done and Nice bound, and a very late arrival with head hitting pillow and out like a light so no further pictures but plenty of gopro footage to still go through.

Early morning Monaco run around the GP circuit French Alp bound



Col de Turini bound




















And further on we go









My shotgun and co pilot for the trip thanks to my wife but he wasnt the only one lol















The road that lays ahead






















Found some interesting accomodation on route




Meal times and alcohol, not sure what to say about that lol



And some great rooms with a view!





Early morning departures











And plenty of cows and bells













The mountain goat



And the many stops for the perfect mountain views. Did I mention the roads!!!!!!!!!!!!









And the magnificent scenery















































We had orders!













More accommodation found along the way



and a room with a morning view































































































Plenty of video footage to fill in the gaps on the alp climbs and descents

But anyways, here is our room with a view from the mountain hut castle in Stelvio

Early morning sunrise



















And our castle















Mountain goat































































The second puncture in Italy and help at hand within minutes













And on we go





Austria and another early morning room with a view shot





























Porsche museum Austria







































We have had some great rooms with a view along our travels and another early morning shot

























































photo bombing I heard is the new in thing







We then make our way into Germany and on to Munich, but not the best rooms with a view....























































































































Then it was on to Stuttgart and the Mercedes museum for Jono and I and the others on to Porsche






























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      09-26-2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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And no euro drive would be complete without a trip to the Ring....





















And finally : )












































































































Big thanks to Marcus aka The Navigator aka Siri 2.0 aka Mountain Goat aka oily massage, my room mate lol Hetan and his bear drinking influence, Jana for risking all and camping with Marcus after all his oily massage talk and putting up with our crude dinner chat, & my fellow aussie Jono who we came very close to smoothering his head with a pillow to drown out the snoring, and bringing along his dog to give Chocco some company.

Fantastic trip and very much look forward to the next ///M adventure.

Vids to follow.

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      09-26-2013, 03:29 AM   #3
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Epic!, thx for posting

very impressive trip, views, Photography ... . But mostly impressed by just 1 speeding fine, well done!
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VERY WELL DONE SIR!!!

I really need to hook up with you guys on next year's trip. Some very nice pics of the Alps.

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Did not come across many police on our travels, but this one happened as we came into a small village, foot off the gas but still just over the speed limit as we cruised in, so the lead car was stung, we got quite a bit of looks with 5 ///M's sitting there, very small fine and friendly police, gave us some good advice

I think I have it on my gopro
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VERY WELL DONE SIR!!!

I really need to hook up with you guys on next year's trip. Some very nice pics of the Alps.

best regards,
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Thanks mate and for sure, maybe we may make StelvioPass 3.0, you just never know.

We did catch up with some of US M3 owners on here based in Germany, on the 14/15 at the ring.
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Excellent, thanks for sharing. Never done Alps in a car, only motorcycles. Brings back good memories though.
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Oh man, so jealous! Definitely a bucket list road trip for me . Looks like an awesome, awesome, awesome experience!
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This was the best half an hour in the morning at work! Speechless really.
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Wait until you see all the vid footage we took with our cameras on the many many alp passes and what felt like hundreds of switchbacks
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Thanks so much Aus, thoroughly enjoyed that!!

Took me right back to when we stumbled across the Passo De Stelvio when we were in Germany last year.

The photos were fantastic.
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Wow, just wow. I am speechless.
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Always great to read/see road journey reports.

The pictures allow us to get an impression of the blast you had.

Great Stelvio sunrise pictures - it seems that magic was in the air.

How did you manage to get the three tire punctures repaired in no time. Just checking the Golden Pages on your mobile phone ? And did they repair the tire, or get you a new tire (on stock ?).
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Above: "BimmerPost Submissions"
Dropdown menu: "Recommend this [thread] as a feature on the BimmerPost Homepage"

Oops, I accidentally clicked on that. Feel free to make the same 'mistake'.
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Mine are coming too!

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Wow! Thanks for taking all of us at home on the adventure as well!! Awesome pics my man!
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wow very impressive pictures and write ups, thanks for sharing!
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Lovely lovely coverage and pics !
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How did you manage to get the three tire punctures repaired in no time. Just checking the Golden Pages on your mobile phone ? And did they repair the tire, or get you a new tire (on stock ?).
Thanks guys, glad you appreciate the time and effort we put into the driving, the scenery and the fun factor

As for the puncture repairs, well the first on the first day wasn't so straight forward, the French BMW dealership really didn't wan't to help us out as it was a Friday lol but the young mechanic was much more helpful and Jana ended up having his tyre repaired by an Opel dealership near by.

My first we happened to be on an Italian motorway and approaching a town when it flashed up on my idrive, and within no time with some help from a local who didn't speak a word of English directed us to

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Awesome, thanks for sharing!
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OMG !
Great cars + amazing backgrounds/landscapes just make awesome pix !
You really must had a great great time
Was it your 1st time at the Ring ?
Thanks for sharing
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