Spring is finally here, so what better excuse than go for a well over due road trip.
I’m pretty sure that each year, you can’t wait for the spring to arrive so that you can grab the keys to your car and go for a well earned road trip. I know we do and as we were making our way to our family in Germany, it just so happened that we planned to go at the same time as a few awesome events were about to happen. The first being the legendary Gumball 3000 rally and then the equally epic Worthersee car meet in Austria.
As we were located in between the Gumball 3000 German pitstop in Rust and Worthersee, we went on a mission to plan a road trip that took us first to see the Gumballers arrive in Rust, to a drive through Switzerland to the Stelvio Pass in Italy, to then finally arrive in Austria. The total trip was to be around 1500 miles in total and would provide us with breath-taking views of the mountains and the possibility to see some snow on the way.
So after plotting the map and planning the route to ensure we got some incredible landscape views, we organised our press passes for Gumball and Worthersee. So we made our way to the Europa-Park in Rust Germany for the first European pit stop of the Gumball 3000. As we arrived, the weather was pretty bad with so much rain coming down, so this was going to be a fun few hours waiting for the guys to arrive. However, it took much longer with all the cars crossing the line inside the Theme Park as late as 11pm in the evening!
We waited for a few hours in the rain to brave the few that arrived early, but the others were no where near as yet. As the night went on, more Gumballers started to arrive.
As the night got darker, fewer Gumballers arrived and then just two hours before midnight, they all started to arrive. it was great to see our good friend and pro-drifter Buttsy Butler along with Calum Best in their badass Betsafe Mercedes G-Wagon beast.
Almost all the journalists had left and so it gave us real passionate car guys to get the full on taste of the cars that arrived, instead of just being there to capture the celebrity drivers. Gumball is much more than just the high flyers. Right at the end, the awesome Maximillion Cooper with the beautiful Eve rolled up in their Aston Martin. Even though they were really tired from the 12 hour drive, they still came out to greet us for a few photographs.
The next morning, we decided to see if we could capture a few more of the Gumballers as they were leaving to their next destination of Prague.
Once all the guys were on their way, it was time to make our way to the Italian mountains to the small town of Bormio, located in the area of the famous Stelvio Pass. As we made our way, the scenery was incredible and we even managed to do some car spotting to.
Now this is a car you don’t see every day on the road. The original all road.
Another super rare and classic car…The Peugeot 304 convertible.
Fully ready for the road trip for sure.
We spotted this nice chap as we almost crossed the Italian board from Switzerland. This classic car is a Fiat 1500.
Our roads are full of amazing places to stop and take photographs, just like this lake close to the Italian boarder.
As we start to make the climb to the Italian mountains, we didn’t expect to see so much snow still in the area, considering it was early May. Luckily for us, the roads were clear as our hire car would have struggled big time.
The climb through the twisty roads was just insane and put our Skoda Fabia hire car to the test.
We arrived in Bormio to be greeted with this amazing view of our chalet, where we were based for a few days. From here, we planned our trip to drive the Stelvio Pass. However, due to the amount of snow currently in the area, the Stelvio Pass was closed off! Damn! We came all the way to drive this famous road and couldn’t. Luckily, the owner of our chalet recommended a similar road close by which he believed we could reach easily.
On our way to this road, we had to pass through numerous tunnels that were created through the large mountains, like the one above.
And even more incredible scenery from mountains and more lakes. Italy is definitely an amazing place for a road trip.
This place was just so peaceful and a welcomed break from all the driving. It was so quiet and you couldn’t hear anything, not even wildlife.
Our weapon of choice, did pretty well considering the engine was only a 1-litre and we were climbing thousands of feet and up twisty roads.
Now how cool does this road look! This is as close to the Stelvio Pass style twisty road that we could get close to, but it was worth it and gave us a sense of what the Stelvio Pass would look and feel like to drive on.
So after a long drive, it was time for some RnR and fill our faces with some proper Italian ice cream. The following day, it was back through the Italian mountains to make our way to the beauty town of Velden in Worthersee Austria.
Some breakfast before we hit the road and those Italian crossant are pretty awesome! Filled with apricot! Tasty!
More car spotting on route with this Lada off road and legendary Fiat 500.
We entered a tunnel which took us close to the Austrian boarder and it felt like we were entering the bat cave!
iphone photography from the passenger window is a must when you spot another fellow car guy.
The future is definitely here as we spot this cool silver Tesla.
And no road trip is complete without having to taste some of the local specialties to.
After 8 hours driving through mountain roads, we finally arrive at our destination in Worthersee Austria for the 40 year anniversary of the Volkswagen Golf GTI at the Worthersee Treffen car event over the weekend. A small town that is taken over by Volkswagen car enthusiasts right next to a stunning lake scenery.
The sun was shining and we were glad to see, as had we been here a week earlier, the entire area was under snow with many cars getting stuck on their way here.
Now that’s one cool mini Volkswagen panel van.
Ladies and VW’s…What more can you ask for.
It’s nice to see the classic Volkswagen Beetles in the mix of all the new school metal.
Possibly the craziest custom car creation we have ever seen at any car show. Hot tub VeeDub.
It was Golf GTi’s everywhere at the show.
A VW Golf made out of concrete! That’s just bonkers!
It’s not all new school at the event as this fresh MK1 Golf proves.
The cool thing about this event, is that it lasts for two weeks! Yes, a two week car meet. The show is only a weekend thing, but people from all over Europe come for a holiday and show off their new projects. All the near by towns have a specific meeting point, where all the cars gather and it was our mission to get to as many as possible and capture all the freshest rides.
The Form and Function VW Golf coming soon to a retro cars special issue of SuperFly Magazine.
A retro shark nose BMW that came all the way from Hungary.
Members of the Sourkraut crew based in Berlin Germany.
An incredible Porsche owned by our friend Mario, with the customisations performed by Form and Function.
Possibly the most controversial car of the meet, with Uwe and Rene’s slammed Maserati, who run R3 Wheels and FLGNT Outlet in Germany. We love how brave the guys were to pull off such a cool creation. Read all about it in our latest issue here.
A Europe first, with Lexy’s slammed Liberty Walk kitted Lamborghini Huracan. Full feature right here. Although the show is all about Volkswagen’s, you do get some other car brands that come to chill with the VeeDub guys and gals.
This was one of our favourite MK1 Golf’s, with those cool Ronal Wheels and that Martini Racing design.
We stayed for a few days and we highly recommend the visit and if you can stay for one week, then do so as you can chill and watch awesome rides and hang out with some cool people or go and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Leave a comment below and tell us what cool road trips you have been on and recommend.