Preparations for our first road trip of 2020 are in full swing. The Spring Tour 2020 starts on 8 May in Heeze (NL) and we’ll return there on 15 May. During these 8 days we will be in drivers heaven. Ultimate driving roads in the Eifel, Black Forest, Vosges and Ardennes anyone?
Status quo is that all hotels and stopovers have been booked and the foundation of all routes has been layed. Not a single A-road let alone motorway will be part of the plan – it’s B-roads all the way.
At the moment six cars have booked this tour – an Alpine A110, 3 Lotus Elises, a Lotus Elan M100 and a Porsche 911. This means registration is still open, it closes at 10 cars. All marques are accepted as long as your car is a two-seater sports car.
Originally the Jura region in France was part of the plan. After the outline of the routes had been made, we decided to skip Jura region. Not because it’s not suitable for epic driving because it is. But we believe in well balanced road trips, meaning serious driving time but also time to relax and enjoy other things in life such as good food and drinks. Adding Jura would deny that.
Apart from one day, the net driving time is between 5 and 6 hours a day, on average around 250 km / 150 mls per day. Every day after breakfast has a coffee break, lunch and a coffee / tea stop. Driving time is about 90 minutes to two hours per leg.
Halfway through the tour (11th May) after driving the Freiburg – Schauinsland Hillclimb route (the longest hillclimb in Germany), we’ll arrive in Mulhouse. We will spent the greater part of the day at the Cité de l’Automobile, the museum with the largest car collection in the world. The world famous Schlumpf collection houses in this museum. On that day, a short (2 hours) or a very short (direct to the hotel) tour will be made.
In Vosges region we’ll drive the main passes like Ballon d’Alsace, Grand Ballon and Col de la Schlucht which means we will be driving the greater part of the famous Route des Crêtes.
The final days of the Spring Tour 2020 will be spent in Ardennes region. We’ll drive on the very good Luxembourg roads as long as we can, before entering Belgium.
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