4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

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4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby Zermatt » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:38 pm

Earlier this year a group of us who know each other through Z4 ownership - completed a much awaited roadtrip - we were extremely fortunate to have a petrolhead and pro photographer from Cumbria along with us - we were asked to write the trip up for Porsche Club which one of our party duly did - below is the article written by Jack Fordyce and with Tom's Photos .



Car club and forum camaraderie was a strong catalyst in creating this touring group, as some transitioned into Porsche ownership from much loved BMW Z4s.

A potential 2,500 mile route through Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy was agreed. Cars consisted of a 991 50th Anniversary, a 997 Targa 4S, a 997 Carrera S, a 981 Boxster S and a Z4M roadster. Drivers include Scots, English based in Scotland, English surnamed Scott, and Scots and Dutch based in England, making for a bar room joke bereft of a good punch line, with plenty banter potential.

Baden Baden & Stuttgart Factory Tour
Arriving via Eurostar or ferry to Amsterdam, meeting up for an autobahn blast to Baden Baden, coincided with a birthday so as you do we “took the waters”.

ImagePorsche 911s Port of Tyne, Northshields, by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageGroup meet up just off the autobahn in Baden Baden by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageGroup meet up just off the autobahn in Baden Baden by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePetrol Stop, Netherlands by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 991, 911 50th Anniversary Edition Coupe by Tom Scott, on Flickr

A Porsche Factory Tour required a 5-30am start for a dawn assault on “The Route 500” with a photo stop at Mumelsee where pro photographer Tom, put us amateurs to shame with some fabulously composed and exposed shots. The route climbs steeply over near deserted roads, round high speed, tightening bends in magical early morning light before an equally challenging descent.

ImagePorsche 911 and Boxster, Route 500 stop, Mumelsee, Germany by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911s and BMW Z4M, Route 500 stop, Mumelsee, Germany by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Navigational debate followed, assisted by four versions of OEM Porsche Sat Nav, a Tom Tom, a Garmin and a well-thumbed route map with detail only visible to the very young. We arrived in Stuttgart in good time though, scanning the underground car park for anything interesting.

ImagePorsche Museum, Stuttgart by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche Museum, Stuttgart by Tom Scott, on Flickr

The factory tour (cameras and phones prohibited) provides almost hands-on insight, urged along by our very knowledgeable guide. Witnessing the marriage between chassis, bodywork and engine was fascinating, as was a privileged peek at a collection of GT3 RS models. Task timing within the production line was admirably precise, with workers seeming remarkably stress free.

Hopefully scoring brownie points, three of us sported Porsche GB Club tops and with Club Cards ready, secured free museum entry - a nice touch. The afternoon was spent at the Museum, gift shop and restaurant where we could each do our own thing, largely involving rubbing noses against expensive glass.

ImagePorsche 911 Turbos, Porsche Museum, Stuttgart by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 918, Porsche Museum, Stuttgart by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 918, Porsche Museum, Stuttgart by Tom Scott, on Flickr

A 550km drive to Savognin, near St.Moritz next, detouring to allow an eastwards group drive of the Susten Pass. A Swiss tunnel cacophony of sports exhausts merited several repeat performances.

ImagePorsche 991, 911 50th Anniversary Edition Coupe by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageBMW Z4M Tunnel, St.Moritz, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche Convoy, St.Moritz to Susten Pass, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche Boxster, St.Moritz to Susten Pass, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Whilst light rain affected the Susten, an amusing lay-bye liaison with a large pair of furry marmots ensued, before another spirited session, keeping a healthy pace despite conditions.

Braving the mountain’s drizzly elements, suitably attired in T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls, Tom captured some fabulous stills of the red Carrera S, some feeling guilty for rushing him.

ImageStein Glacier, Susten Pass, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Convoy, Stein Glacier, Susten Pass, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 lineup, Susten Pass, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageReady for the green light, Tiefencastel to Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Targa, Scenic mountain pass road, Tiefencastel to Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

A thrilling spar with the 991 50th on roads south from Tiefencastel to Savognin, highlighted the Boxster’s stunning composure and grip levels, assisted by LSD and PTV options, a fabulous end to a long day, ensuring the Cube Hotel’s cold beer tasted even sweeter. Cool digs these, with a petrol-head barman and the option to ride your mountain bike from a third floor room, down the ramped stairwell, straight out the lobby - sadly no MTBs on this trip.

Two father and son teams leave now for an all-day dash to Calais. The Z4M driving the entire route, roof down, including autobahns – respect.

Modena
The remaining trio continued towards Modena, via lunchtime pizza in the pretty town of San Pellegrino, over the intimidating San Marco Pass, signed “closed” at one mightily high end where approaching drivers advised the pass was open. A single track road lay ahead, tight as two coats of paint, with frequently coned off landslide sections, so we’re surprised to find the top awash with cars, ice-cream shop and a popular sunbathing spot, most arriving from the much more accessible, southern side.

ImageScenic road, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 lineup, Scenic road, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageSan Marco Pass, North side, Bergamo Alps, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageDirty Porsche 911s, San Marco Pass, South side, Bergamo Alps, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageSan Marco Pass, South side, Bergamo Alps, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageGroup pic, San Marco Pass, South side, Bergamo Alps, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageHarly Davidson Police Bike, San Pelegrino, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Our Modena hotel pool boasts a cool “spring break” atmosphere with live band. The manager clearing the hotel frontage, to allow group parking alongside a blue BMW M4, we later learn is on “European collection” from its’ Calgary bound Canadian owner. Our chat follows a pre breakfast jet wash session, armed with microfibers, wheel cleaners, detailing sprays etc. Cars look good again unlike an earlier Julier Pass, dirty photo stop.

ImagePorsche 911 and BMW M4, Valet Sports car Parking, Best Western, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Ferrari, Pagani & Lamborghini
Both Ferrari Museums are great fun, our preference being the Enzo museum - a Ferrari filled pleasure dome, with wonderful photo opps and importantly, well priced strong coffee. We’re in awe at the boat, the forging of exhaust pipework, polished cylinders, engine displays and the gift shop prices.

ImageARNO XI Hydroplane, Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageLa Ferrari, Enzo and F50, Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageLa Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

A short tour of the Pagani factory leaves us thrilled to spot Horacio Pagani personally hosting customers. Our charming guide stresses the bespoke nature of “every car is a customer’s” so no photos again, as we clearly resemble some major industrial spies, though handling some carbon fibre samples is a rare treat. An opportunistic photo of a Huayra leaving the gates, with the Targa in shot is bagged.

ImagePagani Factory, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageZonda F interior, Pagani Factory, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageZonda F and Zonda R, Pagani Factory, Modena by Tom Scott, on Flickr

A tentative approach through the Lamborghini factory gates sees us as swiftly encouraged to leave, as we are warmly welcomed, with iced coffee at a nearby cafe, where our Porker’s colours contrast well with the “Test Drive a Lambo” offerings.

ImageLamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Factory, Modena, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageLamborghini Aventador, Huracan, Porsche 911 Targa, Lamborghini Factory, Super car Rental, Modena, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageLamborghini Huracan and Porsche 911 Targa, Lamborghini Factory, Super car Rental, Modena, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Garda, Stelvio, Bernina, San Bernardino & Grimsel

ImageMalcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

At Malcesine, Lake Garda, we lunch beachside, amusing diners and sunbathers with our incessant photography. We split again, with Targa occupants Bolzano bound and Carrera and Boxster to Basecamp Stelvio at Trafoi.

ImagePorsche 911 Carrera S, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Targa, Boxster S, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Carrera S, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche Boxster S, 911 Carrera S, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Carrera S, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Meeting up next morning, despite a booking blunder, we highly recommend Hotel Madatsch for panoramic views, quirky owner and resident St. Bernard.

ImageTrafoi, Stelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageTrafoi, Stelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Initially, Stelvio Pass was predictably busy with motor-bikes, cyclists and drivers resisting others’ attempts at enjoying the challenge, but space is soon found and some relatively decent movie footage, the best probably rearwards facing, is in the can.

ImageStelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

The top of the Stelvio has a near carnival atmosphere and we retrace our steps for another photoshoot where Tom probably takes the tour’s best shots. The descent down the southern side is fabulous with smooth surfaces, well sighted sweeping bends and motor bikes that unusually, we pass!

ImageStelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageStelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageStelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche Line up, Stelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Targa, Stelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche 911 Carrera S, Stelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageStelvio Pass, Italy by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Onwards to the fast flowing Bernina Pass with Swiss chocolate box alpine views of lakes and mountain trains, returning to Savognin following afternoon tea in St.Moritz. We enjoy a Savognin ski lift ride for some fine views before pressing on. Another split, this time where the Carrera heads to BMW Welt, Munich, re-grouping in Cologne.

ImageScenic fuel Stop, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePiz Forbesch, Oberhalbstein Alps, Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageSavognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche line up, CUBE, Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageSki lift, Panoramabahn, Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImagePorsche line up, CUBE, Savognin, Switzerland by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageBMW Efficient Dynamics, Vision, BMW Welt, Munich, Germany by Tom Scott, on Flickr

ImageBMW Welt, Munich, Germany by Tom Scott, on Flickr

The Targa and Boxster are joined by a German 911 cab for the sublime San Bernardino Pass, where at the summit, even the coffee bill at the Ospizio fails to spoil the sheer joy of the twistier approach sections. Early traffic on the Furka Pass clears, allowing a swift ascent of this high and tight pass in a James Bond (in the wrong car) style. A passing group of German Lotus & Caterham 7s heading up the Grimsel Pass wave, before our arrival in Meiringen for the night, followed by a visit to the stunning Reichenbach Falls, via funicular rail and a decent hike.

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Last lap
A sweltering morning drive is rewarded with a swim in chilly Lake Lucerne, then a final group meal, below Cologne’s Cathedral before our homewards ferry completes a mind blowing trip with great company, the purest highlight of which might be the simple opportunities to stretch both driver and vehicle.

Roll on the next one and for anyone swithering – book it ![/quote]
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Re: 4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby m1key » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:16 pm

A great write up of what looks like a superb trip, and some fantastic photos.
Have done a similar trip in the past including the factory yours/museums and this has really got me wanting to do another!!
Not sure about 2016 but definitely need to get something organised for 2017.

Cheers.
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Re: 4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby EcurieArgyll » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:49 pm

That looks great. Many thanks for sharing.
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Re: 4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby PB51VAN » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:41 am

A really great write up coupled with some stunning photographs. The trip was obviously well planned and looked truly epic. Some of those roads and scenery must have been breathtaking to see.
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Re: 4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby KB_S1 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:29 am

Great stuff.
I'm familiar with several of the roads and locations but also a few new ones which is nice.
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Re: 4 Porsches and a Zed- A roadtrip

Postby fyreside12 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:03 am

Absolutely stunning photos. Great assembly!
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