A Fiat Panda 4x4... up Mount Etna
An epic TG mag adventure from the past 20 years: we drive the Panda up an erupting volcano...
Posted: 15 Oct 2013
Eventually, we get to the point where the World's Toughest Tour Buses give up and turn around, and only walking trails remain. Trails guarded by large rocks hefted into position to prevent vehicles from going any further. Except they were not prepared for a car just over five feet wide, and I manage to squeeze the Panda between the barriers and head up toward the ridgeline of the caldera.
We are now on hiking trails barely the Panda's width, sometimes on snow, sometimes on that gently steaming black sand. A spooky situation. No other 4x4 could get here, because not even the most hardcore SUV could have inveigled itself into the position a humble little Fiat has managed, for the simple reason they would fall off the side and die. I'm not going to think about that for a little while.