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The long and winding road

Every year the Super Seven Club Netherlands (SSCN) arranges a trip abroad of about a week known as the "7DAYS". This one, to the Alps & Dolomites, had been a long-anticipated trip. For reasons we all know all too well it had to be postponed twice! But this year, on June 9th, 14 cars finally hit the road again!

We worked with the I7N travel partner Scenic Tours, to organize the trip and they were great to work with. The hotels were all excellent, as were the routes. We often had a choice between a scenic and a fast route, however none of the fast routes were used!. Two members of the SSCN had studied the routes carefully and made various adjustments and adaptations to make the routes even better.

As always, there are unforeseen events along the way, like the closure of the Stelvio Pass due to a bicycle race. However, we had some who were determined to go up the Stelvio Pass so they got out of bed the next day well before dawn, before the closure, real tough guys! For the others we were fortunate enough to find a local (hero!) who advised us to take the Passo Montirolo instead, which turned out to be a stunning alternative! At lake Garda we used our resting day to drive up to the Strada Della Forra, which you will remember from the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.

If ever you are in the neighborhood, this route is a must! In Cortina d’Ampezzo our hotel owner insisted we use the hotel lawn for a photo shoot. It never seizes to amaze me h much people love our cars! And as always, we had several cars in need of some TLC during the trip. Most repairs were taken care of roadside by creative and capable hands of fellow travelers. It is all part of the hobby!

The trip took us from Rudesheim to Reudenstadt via the Schwarzwald and Kleine Matterhorn to San Valentino to San Felice at lake Garda via the Passo Montirolo and Passo Croce Domini to Cortina and then to Kirchberg and Ulm on the way back home. It already feels like ages ago, so I am looking forward to getting together with our friends for our next trip!

by Edward Westenberg



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