Punters Pay to Test Drive New DB11, in Tuscany

Believe it or not but prospective Aston Martin DB11 owners are actually paying for the test drive, albeit in Tuscany.

Also, Turkish daredevil breaks Land Speed Record on brand new Izmit Bay Bridge. Shirtless flip flop drivers in Spain should watch out. Luxembourg on look-out registration-dodging foreign resident. Jams up big time in the Netherlands. Early opening for Iceland mountain roads.

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Guests on Aston Martin’s Art of Living trip to Italy next month will be among the very first to drive the firm’s all-new DB11 grand tourer, though they will pay considerably for the privilege. 

Even journalists have only driven pre-production prototypes.

The two night, three day ‘At Home with Aston Martin: Drive DB11’ trip is based at the 15th century Villa Collalto, 45 minutes south west of Florence and not far from Siena.

On the morning or afternoon of the second day, drivers take the wheel through a landscape described as a ‘rural idyll of olive groves, castles and vineyards’ with a chance to ‘explore the winding routes, hilltop villages and stunning views of Tuscany.’

The rest of the time is spent wining and dining, or on a range of activities held at the Villa including cookery and painting classes, or yoga and meditation sessions.

Three dates are available, from the end of July to the beginning of August, priced at £3500 per person based on two people sharing or £5500 single occupancy.

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Daredevil World Supersport rider Kenan Sofuoglu broke the Land Speed Record on a production motorbike on Tuesday on the brand new Izmit Bay Bridge near Istanbul. Riding a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, Sofuoglu hit 400kmh (248.5mph) in 26 seconds (watch the video). The new bridge is part of a new road connection between Istanbul and Izmir. When fully open in 2020 it will cut the current nine hour journey to just 3h30. Izmit Bay was officially opened today by Turkish president Recep Erdogan.

Daredevil World Supersport rider Kenan Sofuoglu broke the Land Speed Record on a production motorbike on Tuesday on the brand new Izmit Bay Bridge near Istanbul. Riding a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, Sofuoglu hit 400kmh (248.5mph) in 26 seconds (watch the video). The 2682m bridge is part of a new road connection between Istanbul and Izmir. When fully open in 2020 it will cut the current nine hour journey to just 3h30. Izmit Bay was officially opened today by Turkish president Recep Erdogan.

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roundup: driving in flip flops can be dangerous, and so can driving without a shirt. The latter can apparently cause seatbelt burns or other irritation which can lead to an accident. Either way the fine is up to €200 in Spain reminds GBC News… Luxembourg police are particularly on the lookout for foreign resident’s cars which have failed to register in the Grand Duchy reports Wort.lu. Four cars have been caught so far this week, including one UK car in the country since the end of last year. New residents have a six month grace period… congestion in the Netherlands is already up by a significant 10 percent so far this year overall says DutchNews.nl as the economy recovers. Queues are up by 12 percent in the morning and by 5 percent in the evening. Amsterdam is worst hit with delays up 49 percent, but Rotterdam has improved since the connecting stretch of A4 to Delft opened last year and the A15 was widened… Iceland mountain roads are open a week earlier than usual thanks to fine weather reports Iceland Magazine, except those north of Vatnajökull glacier. Drivers are warned however that 4×4 vehicles are essential. See the latest on road openings in English at Road.is

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