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Thinking of doing this with a few mates and am just wondering are my calculations way off and if anyone can give us any info would be great.... Thinkin of doing a top gear style challenge, buying a car for £500 and doing the trip, try have a garage take the car off us and sell it for charity if we make it back or something along those lines..... I see there are a few things like Scumball and have a £500 car on the cars so it can be done... What would be the best car to bring???


ROUTE

Fly to London & buy 3 cheap cars @ ~£500 Stg. each (or less than €600)

ENGLAND
London
Maidstone
Dover

FRANCE
Calais
Paris
Annecy (Back roads are supposed to be amazing. Just south of Geneva)
Chamonix
Col De Turini (#2 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads)
Monaco (coastal drive all the way to Genoa)

ITALY
Genoa
Milan
Verona
Bolzano
Stelvio Pass (#1 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads)
Como

SWITZERLAND
Nufenen Pass (#7 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads)
Grimsel Pass (#16 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads)
San Bernardino Pass (#3 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads)
Lucerne
Berne
Basel

GERMANY
Freiburg -> (Autobahn - #9 Worlds Greatest Driving Roads) -> Karlsruhe
Mannheim
Koblenz
Nurburg (Nurburgring)

BELGIUM
Liege
Brussels
Bruges

FRANCE
Calais

ENGLAND
Dover
Maidstone
(London - option to fly home and leave/sell car)
Woking
Reading
Swindon
Bristol
Cardiff
Swansea
Fishguard

IRELAND
Rosslare


COSTS:

That's approx 4,000 km (or 2,500 miles) in total - Approx 50 hours OTR according to AA Route planner. At approximately 30 MPG (may vary), that's approx 380 litres of petrol @ an average of €1.50 per litre = €570 (EURO) each

Accomodation (10 nights) @ approx €80 each per night = €800

Food & drink each day @ approx €80 per day = €800
 

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Sounds like a great trip but if you own an M3 you have to take it. there will be no comparison to pulling up stelvio in some piece of crap or doing it in an M3. your car would make that trip. costs look ok but spending money per day will probably be higher when you take into account tolls, laps of the ring and a few pints/nights out.
 

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Not forgetting juice for all the laps aswell.. Once ya start ya can't stop .. You will end up doin lap after lap which equal.s more funds for juice..

Ya seem to have it fairly well planned out tho mate. That's the route i will be takin next year.!:D
 

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Hope the cars are taxed and what about insurance as you might never get to leave the UK or reach the Ring.
 

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Hope the cars are taxed and what about insurance as you might never get to leave the UK or reach the Ring.
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Also they will need a current M.O.T. otherwise zee Germans will consider them not insured and god help you if something goes wrong on the Ring in that case, sounds like a bit of crack though.
 

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Also they will need a current M.O.T. otherwise zee Germans will consider them not insured and god help you if something goes wrong on the Ring in that case, sounds like a bit of crack though.
Well Tax and MOT in an obvious, i did not plan the whole trip like that and think of gettin the car out of the UK.....

Am after gettin a new M3 also with under 30k on it so not i might bring that as the milage is so low, would be alot of fun in the ///M on those roads and rent a car for the ring maybe...... Defo doing it either way anyway, expensive but its something i have always wanted to do.....
 

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My only hesitation would be what if something happens tha cars? One of you a mechanic? Otherwise seems a great plan!
 

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Yea one of the lads coming with us is a great mechanic, just have to make the decision to either do what i said or bring my own car and put 5k on it and when i get back new tyres and new brakes.....
 

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You should def bring work own car mate. Antin happens rent car over there you Will get screwed altogether.. Plus you Will no how your own car handles better than a rented one.. I spent weeks driving mine as hard as i could to get used to it so i no what way it would handle before i went..
 

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Ah Damien nice to hear from you.. Actually i did not go but thinking of going this year only the lad i was to go with bought an M5 and doubt it will make it to Rosslare.. :rolleyes::yuck:
 

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Good man Ronan yet another helpful reply from yourself... Getting more like boards.ie everyday this forum...
 

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Ah Damien nice to hear from you.. Actually i did not go but thinking of going this year only the lad i was to go with bought an M5 and doubt it will make it to Rosslare.. :rolleyes::yuck:
Rosslare...... your pushing it aint ya?? was thinking Enniscorthy direction lol
 

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Go for it. Either in your own car or a bought one.

Euro roadtrip was the best experience I ever had. Only things I'd add to your calculations are:

Petrol costs are significantly higher, especially along motorways. At least from our experience, but that was 2011.

Tolls. Particularly expensive in France

You could probably get away with the kind of budget you're talking about. But I'd strongly suggest having a pretty decent cash buffer. Few hundred quid as just in
Case money.

We learned that the hard way when one of the lads ran out of money in Austria after having to shell out for 2 new Tyres on his s320 (running crazy camber. Looked cool, blew Tyres like a mad yoke) . Thankfully I had a fairly decent buffer so was able to get us home.

Also the best advice I got before I went: breakfast. Have a serious breakfast every morning. Tensions can get very high with 2 hungry Irish fuckers in a car halfway accross Europe.
 

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all good advice there .... ive planned the trip out in very fine detail so just waiting to see if Tom is gonna make the trip before we start getting things booked

basically this is what we looking at -

Rosslare - Fishgaurd -folkstowe - Calais - nurburgring -Stuttgart ( merc and Porsche factory ) - Munich ( bmw museum and factory ) - Innsbrook - Stelvio pass - Lake Como - Monza - Modena ( Ferrari and Lambo ) - Bolognia - ( Ducati ) - Ferrara ( Pagani ) - Imola - Milan - San Bernardini Pass - Zurich - Le Mans - HOME!!

9 days! Trip of a lifetime

have the costs worked and have everything rounded well up to allow for any variances
 

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Sounds very good.

Ferrari factory is a bit of a pain to get a tour in/of. Lamborghini factory was a lot more accessible albeit a little small. Plenty of 'experience' companies around to rip you off for a short spin around town in something fast, although god help you if you try to drive fast. :)

If you do stay in bologna. Check out the Amaelia Hotel (spelling) probably one of the nicest places I've ever stayed and it worked out as 30 quid each. Can't beat sipping beers in the hottub on the roof of a hotel at 3am for 30 quid :)

Just bear the Swiss 'tax' in mind too, although it sounds like you've already done your research so will know about that.

Sounds like you've planned everything out pretty well. And you'd be surprised what you can do with 9 days. Only other suggestion would be to leave a day of 2 open/free at the end if you can. You'll definitely come accross something you want to spend a little more time at. Ours was the Normandy beaches and the American war memorials. Morbid, but glad we made time for it.
 

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all good advice there .... ive planned the trip out in very fine detail so just waiting to see if Tom is gonna make the trip before we start getting things booked

basically this is what we looking at -

Rosslare - Fishgaurd -folkstowe - Calais - nurburgring -Stuttgart ( merc and Porsche factory ) - Munich ( bmw museum and factory ) - Innsbrook - Stelvio pass - Lake Como - Monza - Modena ( Ferrari and Lambo ) - Bolognia - ( Ducati ) - Ferrara ( Pagani ) - Imola - Milan - San Bernardini Pass - Zurich - Le Mans - HOME!!

9 days! Trip of a lifetime

have the costs worked and have everything rounded well up to allow for any variances
We done the CSL trip this year, left from the
UK- Rotterdam - Munich - Austria - ring - cologne and home and it took us 8 days granted there was no major pressure and there was a bit of hanging around because there was pre organised stuff but 9 days for your trip sounds tight.
 
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