Thought some of you PH folk might be interested in our 911uk alpine trip which just ended this weekend with everyone now back safe and sound.
There were eight 911s (993c2, 993c4, 996tt, 997C2, 997GT3.1, 997 TurboS PDK, 996C2, 996C4S) and we did a 2000+ mile 7 day road trip through france, germany, switzerland, luxemburg, Italy. Words cannot describe what an amazing time we all had. The driving, the roads, the scenery, the laughs and the camaraderie ... all highly memorable and exceeded every expectation. Can't wait to do it all again next year. I never thought road driving could be as good or better than trackdays but this trip is up there with the best driving experiences of my entire life, all packaged into just a great all round lads holiday.
I only took crappy iphone pics and was too interesting in driving, eating or drinking most of the time but at least they tell the gist of the story.
9am on the Sunday ....a 1 hour delay at the crossing with a train stuck in one of the tunnels
First casualty of the trip, one duck lost just 50 metres from the Tunnel exit at Calais !
Bad Durkheim after a difficult days driving in treacherous conditions, best all round hotel of the trip.
A quick early morning emergency visit to OPC Mannheim to get some rear RS brake pads... that'll teach me to check them on the day before heading off.
212E just for a s
tty set of textars .. ouch ! And the parts man even had the gall to smirk at me: "So the english had a bad nights football last night huh ?"
A gorgeous Estonian CGT in for some work.
Waz lends a helping hand back at base camp. Just in time as when I braked from high speed off the Mway I heard the first sign of metal scraping at the rear discs.
Lovely sunny weather for day 2 .... on toward the black forest on the L48, cutting first through the Palatinate Forest Biosphere reserve nature park. The roads here from the Hotel were immediately pretty amazing with tons of elevation change and some very steep downhill sections. A real taster of what was to come and good job I changed the brakes before lunch.
Picking up Chimp in his Turbo S and then crossing the Rhine at Iffezheim.
A quick breather by the river.
Chimps intergalactic Turbo S PDK. "The Giant Dyson" as it was later known.
Entering the black forest via baden baden on Route 500, the Schwarzwaldhochstraße... arguably the best roads of the whole trip. Mindblowingly fast and incredibly picturesque and absolutely no hairpins to take the edge off the pace.
Petrol stop before the run to the hotel. A much needed break after the intense buzz and workout of the forest.
Crossing the swiss border just outside waldshut.
heading for Lucerne behind Rich's 993
High spirits and lots of laughs after a very satisfying days driving.
heading south on the easter side of lake lucerne for the swiss passes the next morning .... another wet day
A couple of visitors show up as we were checking the route on the hard shoulder. Lots of questions and poking around in our cars .... "this this a Gumball huh ?"
Regrouping after the Rosser dispersal
Top of the susten pass in a very wet rain cloud
Better weather at the bottom of grimsel and our first proper bit of driving all day.
Grimsel ... or was it Furka ?
I never thought i'd say it but I got really sick of tunnels by the end of the trip.
Rainbows at Gotard. Heading north from Airolo.
A dramatic wet Rally stage down the Klausen ... easily the highlight of the day. Only some stray cows block the way at Stellwald.
Flyhof hotel in Weesen
Room with a view
A gorgeous sunny day on day 4. Setting off for Italy.
The road to Davos.
Heading east with lake Walensee on our right.
Escaping the speed trap at Davos .....
But getting pulled anyway .... '4 black porsches'
heading south east on the fluella pass
St Moritz. The fast sweeping run after St. Moritz by the side of lake sils and the very twisty hairpin littered section of malojpapass was another firm highlight.
Entering Italy near Chiavena.
Lako Como, heading south until Menaggio.
Hotel at Morcote, lake lugano. Time to go jump in a lake.
Lunch stop on thursday somewhere between Cannobio and Domodossola.
The Road to Brig ! Another highlight. The best A road i've ever driven, just mindboggling.
A quick swim when we get to the gorgeous Annecy
Lads on the prowl in Annecy
The next day, the Jura Mountains to the Orient forest via Dijon. A lucky escape from a fine by playing the village idiot.
The incomparable 996 .. what an amazing finale to the trip ! Possibly the finest driving road in the whole of France. Endless and not a single car in sight.
The end of our last full day in the Champagne Region.
Raiding the drinks cupboard in the early hours. Kir Royals all round.
Day 6, Dienville to Remis to Calais.
off the train and onto another because of a fuel spill
handing back radios and throwing ideas around about next year's trip