What’s The Ultimate Gearhead Vacation?

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Summer is here and you want to dust the cobwebs out of your wheel wells. Where exactly are you supposed to go?

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Well, the best thing you can do is leave the dust on your old hoopty and buy a plane ticket to Deutschland. Just sign for even the most crapped-out rental car (a 911 GT3 wouldn't hurt if you can get your hands on one) and drive yourself onto the Nürburgring. Tourist laps aren't the cheapest, but it's a small price to pay for experiencing the car lover's Mecca. Where else can a gearhead go for the perfect trip?

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Trinidad. In the first place, it's a paradisiacal Caribbean island. To me that's a good start. The north of the island is mountainous, making for some great driving roads. It's not hard to find something interesting to drive, but any old hire car will do. Thanks to odd import regulations, there's a satisfyingly interesting mix of cars on show, with plenty of old metal you won't see running in most parts of the world.

Best of all is the police tolerance for speed, just as long as you're not being a danger to anyone except yourself - in part because Trinis are such terrible drivers that you have to be truly moronic to stand out.

Oh yes, and they have their own oil, so petrol is really cheap. Best of all, I don't think there's a single piece of straight road in the country longer than about ten feet.