Slide ruler: BMW M3 GTS takes on Austrian Alps
A charge to the roof of Europe requires a special kind of car. A car that makes the standard M3 look like a soft-edged fatso
Posted: 11 Apr 2012
As is a day on the Grossglockner Pass. It's not free, you see. It costs 28 euros, which is a bit steep for a public road. Do it, though. Like its more famous German cousin, the Nordschleife, the Grossglockner is an unforgettable experience.
I should stress that it's absolutely not a circuit, and rather than a load of modified hot hatches and old German saloons driven by men with Euro-hair, you'll be keeping company with lumbering RVs and cyclists with legs that look like condoms stuffed with walnuts. But get there early, like we did (it opens at 5am, June to September) and you'll almost certainly have theplace to yourself. It's 30 miles long, mostly incredibly well-surfaced, and unspools through the breathtaking mountain scenery like a wayward piece of spaghetti. Even a boggo Ford Focus hire car would be fun up here.