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Matti
24-06-2008, 03:47 PM
We had heard all the hype, and the Top Gear report so we decided to check it out for ourselves, and true to the reports it must one of the best roads I had ever travel on in my life. Safety wise I would class it as a death trap, as you will see from some of the pictures, no safety barrier in some locations with just sheer drops to your death if not careful.

Well enough of the jabber on with the pictures...

You know you’re in for a treat when you can see views like this from the motorways

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This is where the fun begins ;)

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The roads leading upto the pass are brilliant fun

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Note the lack of safe run off... you have seen nothing yet!

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Not even at the top yet but still amazing views :blink:

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We finally came to the main roads of the pass to find nobody else around, a totally empty road for us to drive on B)

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Apparently the pass had only opened a few weeks earlier, so as we approached the top you could still find large amounts of snow on the ground.

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As we set off down the other side of the mountain it came apparent the Swiss had no idea, or could be bothered about road safety... Yes that is a sheer drop to the ground :blink: :blink: :wave:

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A quick stop to take a few shots of the Honda V-tec Lotus we had driving with us :P

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And another stop to collect some Stelvio mineral water direct from a waterfall.

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After such a long days driving we decided to call it a day half way down the mountain. The hotel we found was absolutely brilliant, everything was had crafted and made to such a high standard.

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Even though the doors could have been made a little bigger :lol:

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Here's the website like for the hotel if anyone’s interested in driving the pass in the near future, it's well worth the effort... http://www.hotel-cruschalba.ch/

Matti

Nige
24-06-2008, 04:30 PM
Looks like some great driving there !

Gary Kinghorn
24-06-2008, 06:41 PM
Some great pictures there, looks very nice :thumb:

Weeman
24-06-2008, 06:42 PM
Matti was that honda at the ring, I had one like that follow me round on sat night or sunday morning was going well

pye21
24-06-2008, 07:15 PM
Looks excellant, its deffinately on my 'to do' list.

What car did you go in?

Neil Mac
24-06-2008, 07:27 PM
I'm going to do that one day. Probably when the kids have grown up and left home...

Excellent report. Great pics.

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base-1
24-06-2008, 10:34 PM
Wow, that looks amazing. Hopefully make it out there next year! Nice shots and cars :)

Joel
25-06-2008, 02:55 AM
Nice one :thumb:

GVK
25-06-2008, 06:06 AM
Looks great fun :thumb:

Dave Malings
25-06-2008, 07:09 AM
I must admit to enjoying driving the passes nearly as much as going to the ring.

I didn't do Stelvio as it was to far away and can be very busy in the summer. I did Furka, Girmsell, Simplon and Novello.

Austria this year, so I should experience a few more.

There is one in France that is about 2700m and gets used in the Tour De France. One year it was cancelled due to snow.....in July!

Das Chin
25-06-2008, 07:46 AM
nice one matti.

that guy you went with is that Baz? he owns an NSX i think and I knew him from the evo and skyline days.

Simon
25-06-2008, 07:54 AM
Great pictures. Something else to add to the list of things to do :thumb:

Matti
25-06-2008, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by Das Chin@Jun 25 2008, 07:46 AM
nice one matti.

that guy you went with is that Baz? he owns an NSX i think and I knew him from the evo and skyline days.
Yep that Bazza, i was travelling with him for the trip in his Civic.

Nice little car also, the engine is very also B)

Matti
25-06-2008, 03:39 PM
Anyone thinking of driving the pass would not regret it. It's worth the drive out just to get some good shots for your car up in the hills B)

I'm looking forward to going again next year :thumb:

Floyd
25-06-2008, 07:58 PM
What dates did you go as I know that would be critical to me? I hate queues and hordes of other cars so empty is FTW :thumb:

Dave Malings
25-06-2008, 08:32 PM
I'd say avoid summer holidays then, although the last week of English school holidays are good as most Europeans are back at school then.

Matti
25-06-2008, 09:36 PM
tbh I don't think you would find many people on the pass at anytime of year. I would suggest driving at around 2pm so you can have a nice steady drive.

Floyd
25-06-2008, 09:44 PM
I've seen other reports where it is jammed full of grottle boxes and tourists going as slow as they do at home on the way to the shops :angry: I had the impression it is a very popular place to visit and hence very busy.

Matti
25-06-2008, 09:52 PM
I may have just been lucky then. But it was a week day when i drove it also ;)

Dave B
26-06-2008, 09:25 AM
There is one in France that is about 2700m and gets used in the Tour De France. One year it was cancelled due to snow.....in July!

That may be the Col Du Galibier...you wanna try cycling it! It is not as spectacular as the Stelvio though. Another in France is the Col D'iseron, again it seems to come back to the Stelvio being the mecca of Alpine Mountain Passes.

Great pics, thanks for sharing :thumb:

Dave B
26-06-2008, 01:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwtrre3y9I

Dave Malings
26-06-2008, 01:27 PM
Col d'Iseran

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_de_l'Iseran

jon_r
27-06-2008, 10:42 AM
Done the Galibier a few times. Always a cracking drive. Going back in the summer.

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Brilliant pics MAtti, looking forward to doing the Stelvio soon.

Jorg
27-06-2008, 05:44 PM
great report mate,

missed you last friday!!!! :whistle:

Jörg

Matti
27-06-2008, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Annekaette@Jun 27 2008, 05:44 PM
great report mate,

missed you last friday!!!! :whistle:

Jörg
I know mate :rolleyes:

The other two i was with don't drink so much. I will make up for it the next time i'm out... roll on the weekend after next :thumb:

Jorg
28-06-2008, 08:14 AM
see you then mate :veryhappy: