Ten Best Photos of 2015

It isn’t happening if there isn’t a great picture @DriveEurope. A look back at 2015 through the ten best photos.

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The launch photos of the Land Rover Discovery Sport from Iceland were spectacular, particularly this one from Skogafoss waterfall.

Skjarvelandet along the Havoysund Road in Finnmark, right at the top of Norway, has been named the country’s Most Beautiful Road 2014. Also known as Route 889, Skjarvelandet traces the coastline on the way up to the island of Havoya, almost on a par with – and not far away from - Nordkapp, Norway’s most northerly point. Originally a summer route, opened in 1988, Skjarvelandet was redeveloped in 2013 as a year round road. The challenge was to protect it from landslides. The solution was to build out into the bay on 300,000 cubic meters of rubble to create a sculptural form and a great driving experience.

Skjarvelandet along the Havoysund Road in Finnmark, northern-most Norway, was named the country’s Most Beautiful Road in January.

There’s no new tarmac as such but the brand new NorthCoast500 website is designed to pull together all the attractions – food, drink, accommodation and landscapes - on the more than five hundred mile circular route around the north of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness. The Facebook page ‘NorthCoast 500’ is already up and running with a standalone site – NorthCoast500.com – ‘coming soon’. In the meantime visitors can register for updates.

A great year for Scotland’s North Coast 500. A new website for the 500 mile scenic round trip from Inverness in March, and star of EVO magazine’s amazing Car of the Year 2015 film in December.

David Douglas Duncan and his secret SLS. More later.

This wasn’t taken in 2015 but it was the year we discovered photographer David Douglas Duncan – friend of Picasso and Mercedes boss Rudolf Uhlenhaut – and his alpine road trips with a ‘secret’ SLS.

63: Red Bull daredevil Felix Baumgartner and Hermann Layher in a 1955 Mercedes-Bez 300 SL

Red Bull daredevil Felix Baumgartner and Auto & Technik Museum boss Hermann Layher relax for a moment on April’s gruelling Paris-Biarritz Tour Auto, in a 1955 Mercedes-Bez 300 SL.

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A close shave for a group of three British sports cars which passed an off-duty policeman at speed on the way down to Spain in May. The subsequent police helicopter took some great shots but didn’t have any recording equipment, so they got off scot-free for lack of evidence.

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An unexpected talent for photography from a member of @KentPoliceRoads, one of the few highlights of a miserable July when trucks were stacked in their thousands on both sides of the Channel during a port blockade, exacerbated by repeated migrant intrusions in Calais.

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The webcams on Iceland’s national road agency website Road.is look out on some great landscape, like this at Eldhraun, almost on the country’s southern-most tip.

A migrant threatens a truck driver with a lump hammer in Calais in December. A shocking reminder, as strike action is threatened again, that none of the issues which caused such problems in the summer are done and dusted just yet. Photo via Les Calaisiens en Colere/Facebook.

A migrant threatens a truck driver with a lump hammer in Calais in December. A shocking reminder, as strike action is threatened again, that none of the issues which caused such problems in the summer are done and dusted just yet. Photo via Les Calaisiens en Colere/Facebook.

Dog Holiday, September 2015: much closer to home this time with a relatively gentle drive south through the French, Swiss and Italian Alps then the French, Andorran and Spanish Pyrenees, accompanied – for the first time ever – by the dog. In another first we caught the overnight Brittany Ferries Santander-Portsmouth boat home, staying in a pet-friendly cabin. Photo: spectacular cloud breaks on Galibier, 2645m (8678ft) near Grenoble.

In the year we drove to Odessa in Ukraine, and Paris, the Alps and Pyrenees, our best photo is of cloud breaks on the magnificent 2645m (8678ft) Col du Galibier, in the French Alps in September.

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