Daily Brief 8 September 2013

Last updated 19:00 BST.

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Channel delays: none reported currently.

Weather alerts: Amber alert for storms northern Italy, heavy rain east Switzerland.

Weather: unsettled in the west, fine in the east. Dry across Scandinavia.

Traffic: see @DE_Traffic.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Blast from the past. Ralf Schumacher's Toyota at the second Lesmo during the 2005 Italian Grand Prix.

Blast from the past. Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota at the second Lesmo during the 2005 Italian Grand Prix. Having got hold of cheap tickets to the race it seemed like a bright idea to drive there – in a Mazda MX-5 – and DriveEurope was born. We’d like to take a moment to celebrate Event Based Travel, EBT, when passion for the destination – be that a Grand Prix, pop concert or flower show – overcomes all fears, like driving on the wrong side of the road or turning up at hotels with no reservation. But the big point about EBT is that, if it turns out to be a dull concert or whatever, at least you have something else to look forward to!

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