The Twelve Drives of Christmas - 11. The Slovenian Job.
As mildly adventurous road trips go, it's a pretty standard one. Buy a cheeky classic in some far-flung corner of Europe, and drive it home. It's something we did in 2016, when we put a deposit down on a Renault 4, unseen in Slovenia, and flew in to collect it and hit the road back to Blighty:
And let's face it, pottering across Europe in a classic Renault at a constant 45mph isn't a bad way to pass the time.
Car - 1987 Renault 4
Cost - 650 euros
modifications - none
Route - Slovenia to England, via the Dolomites, Turin, Grenoble and Rural France.
Ben's rating: 7.5/10. Possibly the least sporty thing I've ever driven. And I've driven auto-rickshaws. And I own a Volvo 240. Still, if you get into the lethargic groove and bimble along, taking the minor roads home, a Benault can be a fine companion.
The full illustrated story of that bimble home is in the following article:
And here's the Benault enjoying Devon once it had made it back to Blighty: