In 2008, Italy and Switzerland’s Stelvio Pass – said to be one of the best driving roads in Europe – was given the Top Gear experience. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May had been searching for driving heaven – and while driving their Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Vanquish supercars, settled on Switzerland. If you want to see the wonders of the pass then take a peak at the below Top Gear video – it features around 07:30: It was given the Top Gear experience once more in 2011. The show “put 11 of the world’s finest machines through a rather special road trip.” It said: “After starting from homes as far afoot as the US, UK, Germany and Italy, all 11 eventually arrived at the summit of the one of the finest roads in the world. The Stelvio Pass in the South Tyrol. The Stelvio isn’t just a pinch-yourself beautiful Alpine pass that twists its way over 48 hairpins to a height of just over 9000 feet. It’s also a fascinating part of motorsport history. “During WWI, the road formed the border between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The two sides shot at each other across the hills, but later agreed only to fire down the valleys when the Swiss – who had an outpost at the top – started complaining about errant bullets. Less violent battles have been fought up here, mostly on two wheels, when the Giro d’Italia cycle race passed up the road. But it’s cars that have really shaped the Stelvio story.” The good news is that this Top Gear experience can be recreated, with Truly offering a Top Gear Stelvio Pass adventure for two – driving, of course, supercars. The cars? A Ferrari California and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. “More of the world’s finest supercars can also be provided for further guests, including the Aston Martin DB9 Volante and V8 Vantage Roadster, Ferrari F430 Spider and Bentley Continental GTC,” Truly explained. You get a personal itinerary and tour guide, as well as a two night stay at a Davos health spa. This all retails at £8,900. It’s not a bad gift given that our love of supercars are still going strong.
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