Speed Week: Deutsch Marques
Eins, zwei, drei... SLS AMG Black, M135i and RS6 head through the mountains to join the TG party in France
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
At the top of the pass, the road becomes the base of a trench gouged through snow two or three times as deep as a man is tall. We stop, peer out at the vista the other side, up at cobalt sky and brutally sharp peaks, across to glistening snowfields, down at a road that dips and arcs its way into pillowy layers of gauzy cloud. Silence prevails, but for the ticking of cooling engines and brakes, and three drivers drawing awed breath.
This is why you get up early. By the time we've zigzagged back down the pass and got ourselves breakfasted, hordes of coaches and Harleys are clogging the main road along the valley floor towards Martigny. But we shake them off for one more pass, overlooked by the might of Mont Blanc, into France.