LesF
I had a thread on the Gaydon section regarding a road trip I did last year to Monza (and the one I'm doing this year to Monaco) for the GP. 

A couple of people are interested in doing a trip like that, so I thought I'd post it here in case others want to join.   The plan is to do something as simple and affordable as we can so more people can join us - so leave the black tie at home and give the butler a couple of days off.

My suggestion is: 

Meeting in Folkstone (eurotunnel or Calais) then either do a shorter trip heading through Germany and down the San Bernadino pass to the lakes.   Or a slightly longer trip, going through France (which I find is a bit of a bore), until we stop at Annecy (it's postcard beautiful) or Beaune.  From there we could go down one of the many routes (Napoleon, Col de Iseran etc) to the med, head to Nice,  through Monaco and up to Monza for the GP (where we will hopefully have some form of a meet 'n greet with the Redbull F1 team). 

After that, the driving really starts. 

We could head to a small town called airolo and from there we take The Tremola (the oldest alpine road which is still cobbled and beautiful) due north for a few miles then turn left on to The Furkka Pass (stop 2 bends before the Galenstock hotel for that 'Goldfinger' photo) to enjoy the amazing views, then it's up and down the other side of the mountain and across the bridge onto The Grimsel pass.  This takes you winding north for 30kn until you turn right and go up through the clouds to the Susten Pass.  By then you'll be worn out and seasick from all the bends lol. 

After that, it's travelling back home through the borning bit again towards Paris (roads are bland but the food is good),  or north through Germany (slightly better roads but with German cuisine).

I've had a reply from Billy Hyslop, who is part of the team that looks after the partnership between Aston Martin & AM Red Bull Racing F1, and he is going to talk to the F1 team to see what they can organise for us.

I suppose the more of us wanting to do the trip, the more 'weight' behind the request.  So if your interested let me know so I can give Billy some rough numbers.

BTW, the route above is just an idea and I'm happy to open the trip up for group discussion. 


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AM V8
Well done LesF, this is starting to sound VERY interesting.
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LesF

Just had this from Billy (Aston Martin Global Motorsport):

Thanks les,
If we are looking at circa 20 guests we would be able to offer tours of the Red Bull garages in Monza. This may need to be broken down into smaller groups, but it will be possible over the weekend.

There may be more we could offer nearer the time to heighten the experience, but we would not yet be able to confirm this yet for 2020 as we are only just penning in plans for Monza 2019.

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Vanquish Rider
My only concern is trying to avoid some of the routes I've done may times.

Did the Miglia 2 years ago and started in Hull with the overnight feryy and then straight to Stuttgart for Porsche Museum and the Sinsheim Museum (look it up and you will want to go). The we did The furka and planned to do the other Bond Passes but snow spoil much of that. Visited Monza track as we were so close. Then we stayed in a Gite type accommodation at Lake Iseo (Home to Riva Boats) did two days and the Mille Miglia (very average experience I thought). Then 8 days in Frejus (near St Tropez). Where we met up with son and grandchildren. Then home via Napolean (must have done it 20 times by now) 

We normally try to avoid motorways but Germany is less of an issue as speed helps, but also you drive it differently when you are going up to 120-130 and back so often from about 80MPH. 

St Bernard is great going up but all motorway coming down through the Aosta route. 

Verona is lovely, and we keep promisng to do the opera at the Coliseum one night just for the hell of it (never done opera). 

Other ideas to consider is Classic Remise in Dusseldorf (or Berlin) which was great and free. 

Don't mind about 8-10 days of touring and the doing our own bit of beach or something for 4-5 days then heading home independently. 
SteveE

Life Begins Outside Your Comfort Zone
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LesF
I think the 4-5 days then do your own thing sounds excellent.
A couple of days to get there, one at the races, and one in the mountains. Sounds good to me.

Germany on the way down could be a good idea (it will save a few quid on toll roads as well).
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GavinC
Hi LesF, my wife and I would be VERY interested in this.
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BrianC
Hi all. As mentioned in the other thread I would be up for doing something. I would need to keep it to max 7days though as need to fit in with work and family commitments. I have done most of the passes in the Alps but would love to do them again in the Aston. Taking In Monza sounds great too.
Brian - V8 BJC
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pdbollinger
Depending on my location at the time, I would be game for doing this.  If all works out, I should be back in Stuttgart for this.  In addition to the Porsche and Mercedes museums, Böblingen also has Motorworld, which is free to go in and look around.  They also have a smal brew pub, a few other restaurants, and the V-8 Hotel all on the premises.  From Stuttgart, the drive south has a few options, two of which could be set to run through the Interlakken area and Furka Pass.  The straight shot through Switzlerland is very beautiful, especially once one gets about an hour south of Zurich and just off the Autobahn, going through Sisikon.

I would be game to help with some of the planning for this as well.

Paul
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GillianF
pdbollinger wrote:
Depending on my location at the time, I would be game for doing this.  If all works out, I should be back in Stuttgart for this.  In addition to the Porsche and Mercedes museums, Böblingen also has Motorworld, which is free to go in and look around.  They also have a smal brew pub, a few other restaurants, and the V-8 Hotel all on the premises.  From Stuttgart, the drive south has a few options, two of which could be set to run through the Interlakken area and Furka Pass.  The straight shot through Switzlerland is very beautiful, especially once one gets about an hour south of Zurich and just off the Autobahn, going through Sisikon.

I would be game to help with some of the planning for this as well.

Paul


Mr Bollinger - it's almost 1 year since you provided us with advice and met us for dinner during our road trip.  You are turning into a tour guide [smile]  Hope you are well.   GillianIMG_5876.jpeg 
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pdbollinger
Gillian,

Thank you! I was thrilled to meet and hang out with you all! What a fun evening! I do enjoy tour guide type things. Maybe I need to up my game and do more of it!

And, yes. I am doing well. Stateside at the moment, but should be back over soon enough. Have to put the car back on the boat!

Paul
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SilverspeedDb9
Sounds great and we  would be interested in this trip too . 
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Andy B
I too would be very very interested in this trip.
Old,Bald,Fat and Living Life To The Full
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Vanquish Rider
This is looking like it might happen. Already told the wife to clear the diary. 
SteveE

Life Begins Outside Your Comfort Zone
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steviebee155
I would be very interested in joining you.
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Ian Postles
I would also be interested in learning more about what is planned 👍
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LesF
9 cars interested already....   I told Billy (Aston Martin Global Motorsport) that I thought it would around 10 cars (some new ones will join as others no doubt will drop out nearer the time).
Looks like it may well be on the cards ;-). 

I'm going to follow Steve's lead and mention it to the wife tonight. 
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astonatic
Hi LesF. Ive been wanting to join a trip like this for the last 13 years! Ive done Le Mans and Spa- Francorchamps but that's just about getting there and coming home again!
I would like to join in on this if possible please.
Regards
Eian
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LesF
The more the merrier Eian.

My daughter works for a large travel company where she is an Italian specialist, so hopefully she can get us a cracking deal on the hotels as well - which helps to 'sell' it to my wife ;-) 
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LesF
I'm taking the DB9 to the Monaco GP in 3 weeks time and will be sniffing out some more possibilities in the Alps for us. 

Monza is a great Race and instead of having to pay for stadium seating (our Monaco tickets are over £1K) we find that the £90 general admission (all weekend) ticket is fine as you can sit at the end of the parabolica and see the cars coming around the curves and down the home straight.    It's next to the track entrance for the 'pitch invasion' that the Italians do at the end of the race.  There is even a grandstand bit you can sit in (but you need to be early).

The Italian fans were great and we got along well with them even though we were the only blue in a sea of red. 

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dwell
we've also done Monza, a cracking drive through the Alps to Milan where we parked and stayed in a hotel near the centre - fantastic atmosphere the night before the race and on race day we caught the free (yes free) train from Milan to Monza circuit (also alone in a sea of red) and one of the best Grand Prix we've seen.  Recommended! Dave.
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BrianC
It is great to see the interest in this trip. I want to get my Aston down to the Alps and Monza has been on my list for a while so combining the two seems like a great way to spend a few days. 

My last Alps adventure (in a TVR Griff 500 SE) involved a blast across France to Colmar and then 4 full on days on the mountains. We did Klausen, Susten, Grimsel, Furka, St Gottard, San Bernadino, Albula, Bernina, Stelvio, Umbrail, Often & Fuorn passes over 4 days and then back up the Route 500 through the German black forest to Baden Baden before a blast back to Calais. It was an epic trip with 8-10 hours per day in the car but not much time to take in the places we passed through.

I like the idea of meeting at Folkestone for a group tunnel crossing and doing the Germany route down and maybe Napoleon on the way back as not done this yet. Could do the other way around also. A number of ideas have been suggested and all sound great. Any drive in an Aston on great driving roads, Monza and then more driving sounds fantastic whichever route is taken.

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Brian - V8 BJC
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kevinhawney
This sounds fabulous. Please add me to the list.
Kevin
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MarkE
Definitely interested in this.
Mark
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GarethT
its a definite possibility for me too.
Area 16 - Sussex
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LesF
So far we have the following interested:

1.   Vanquish Rider 
2.   GavinC
3.   
BrianC
4.   
Pdbollinger
5.   
SilverspeedDB9
6.   
Steviebee155
7.   
IanPostles
8.   Astonatic
9.   Kevinhawney
10. 
MarkE
11. GarethT
12. 
LesF

Imagine the sound of a dozen Astons echoing through the Alpine valleys... [love]

If anyone else is interested copy and paste this post and add yourself to the list.
Remember this is 2020, so we will have lots of time to organise something that everyone can enjoy.
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