What do you get when you have a bunch of extremely enthusiastic forum and club members who are eager to take delivery of their new toy in the form of the BMW M3 and BMW M4? Well you get a bunch of folks who would fly across the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to BMW Welt in Germany to pick it up of course.
And that was what the folks over at Bimmerpost.com did. It wasn’t just a fly over, see my car and be satisfied with it. Trust them to plan out a fully packed itinerary which started with the participants catching the the 2014 ADAC Zurich 24 hours of Nurburgring, followed by the BMW M Festival – Race Weekend, delivery day of their cars (23rd of June) and of course a leisurely break-in drive towards Belgium where the group will get to have dinner with the queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz.
After that, the group will then head over to Spa-Francorchamps for a M Driver Experience camp organized by RSR Racing. It will be a full day of events including comprehensive instruction in safety, handling, and performance driving in a controlled environment with individual one on one instruction. The day will include three private garages and all day catering. On top of that, participants will also be able to experience hot laps in a GT3 Porsche Race Car owned and driven by Sabine Schmitz herself.
If you think that is the end, you are sorely mistaken. The group will then proceed back to the Nurburgring for a packed filled event.
The Motorsports theme continues with a day of private tours, driving instruction, and the opportunity to experience the Nurburgring with a Professional driver/instructor as we learn the basics to mastering the Green Hell. A private lunch at The Pistenklause Restaurant hosted by Sabine’s Family Hotel will be followed by a 3 hour Eiffel Road / Nurburgring Road tour. We start by leaving the village of Nrburg and driving the old and long forgotten Sudschleife. Then we continue via twisty and perfectly surfaced roads (often used as tarmac rally stages) alongside the Nordschleife with stops at Hatzenbach, Hocheichen, Wehrseifen, Breidscheid, Ex-Mhle, Bergwerk, Hohe Acht, Brnnchen and Pflanzgarten. On each location we will learn about the ideal line, the history, the issues of safety and how best to drive on a public day. We also pass by some of the (often secret) manufacturer testing facilities for the Nurburgring, ending the tour with a drive out on our favourite twisty roads surrounding the ring leading back to RSR HQ. Upon arrival we will meet our instructors and hop in the car with them for our first lap at the Ring and free time to tour until nightfall. In the evening we are honored and have been extended an invitation to Join Sabine back in her homestead ranch in the Longhorn Saloon where she will personally be cooking us dinner and offer some personal experiences in her career.
Not everyone might enjoy the track or a full motorsport experience so the grand finale of the tour would be an actual epic driving tour itself! The group will be brought through an amazing route of Europe’s best driving roads. The route will feature roads and stops in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to visit the Porsche Museum, drives along sections of the Romantic Road, German Alpine road, Black Forest, Stelvio Pass, lesser known alpine routes tested by Dackelone (German editor of Bimmerpost), and a grand finale with the German version of the Tail of the Dragon. In total the group will cover Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and back into Germany that will undoubtedly provide a great backdrop for the Ultimate Driving Tour.
Finally after a nice long summer break, the group will deposit back their cars to be shipped back.
But seriously, cover me green with envy as this is an amazing road trip that I wish that someday I will be able to participate in.
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