Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

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Dave Smart

The hills around Monte Carlo

Before leaving, I researched the Gorge Du Verdon, an area where Top Gear filmed a race between the RS4 and the speed climber and after the obligatory signing of the Mini by people I’d met in the hostel, I headed for the mountains North of Monte Carlo, knowing that this was where the Mini would be great fun. I can see why this place was used for rallying as the roads were fantastic, and so were the views.

I had a quick blast back down into Monaco, making sure I didn’t carry out any illegal U turns, think I drove past the casino and through the tunnel used in the Grand Prix, then got fed up of the GPS telling me I was off route, so I headed for the countryside.

I arrived in Aiguines after a drive down the edges of the gorge, I keep saying it, but the roads and the views were fantastic. Once I arrived in the village I went to the Tourist Information office, where the guy seemed to be particularly unhelpful.

I headed over to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie which seemed to be the area I was looking for, quickly I found a campsite and my camping spot had a fabulous view of part of the gorge. I popped into town and had a delightful dinner in a restaurant and retired to the tent to try and find some more information about the Top Gear challenge.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
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Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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