#GLAadventure’s Epic Expedition: The Best Moments In Europe

The Great OverLand Adventure begins its journey across the world. The first continent on team’s itinerary is Europe. The drive gets underway in this continent, from the historic city of Istanbul.

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‘Jitters, excitement – it is at times like these that one truly understands the meaning of such words.’ The made-in-India Mercedes-Benz GLA from Chakan, Pune embarks on an around the world journey of epic proportions! The company’s head of operations in India – Eberhard Kern, flags off the GLA and the GL.

Read About the Flag-Off at Mercedes-Benz Plant in Chakan, Pune
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Turkey's prominent street artist Erbil Silvaslioglu got inspired by #GLAadventure team’s decorated cars and did a wall graffiti based on the journey’s theme. This graffiti symbolises the drive Great Overland Adventure has undertaken across 6 continents, starting with Turkey in Europe. Certainly, it’s a job well done!

In Pictures: Great OverLand Adventure's Istanbul Diaries
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Crossing Transfagarasan Highway is surely one of the most memorable experiences for #GLAadventure. More than 150 kilometres in length, the Transfăgărășan Highway is Romania's most spectacular and best known road. Built for military purposes at the initiative of Romania's last communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, the Transfăgărășan is a dynamite-forged road that connects two of Romania's historic provinces Transylvania (the Center) and Walachia (the South) through a series of five tunnels, 27 viaducts and 831 small bridges.

Watch: The Best Of Transfăgărășan Highway
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“You guys must be a bit crazy to do something like this” – that is current Formula One champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton’s first reaction as the team explains their epic adventure.

Our ‘motorsport suckers’ asks both the drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to sign on the #GLAadventure cars as a parting gift, and they graciously oblige.

Read More: Meeting Hamilton & Rosberg at Motorsport’s Historic Venue – Monza, Italy
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On Day 15 of the Great OverLand Adventure, the team travels from France to the United Kingdom via the Eurotunnel below the English Channel. The Eurotunnel connects the two countries with a train.

‘Driving the GLA into the train is one of the most exciting ‎things the team has done in their entire journey.’

Watch: #GLAadventure's Eurotunnel Journey
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On Day 20, team #GLAadventure visits the legendary Le Mans race track in France. Since 1923, this route has been used for the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race.

Watch: Explore the Legendary Le Mans Track
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#GLAadventure gets a special mention at the Frankfurt Motor show during the Motor Show World Car Awards press conference.

Dr.Till Conrad and Eberhard Kern from Mercedes-Benz flags off the drive again for team #GLAadventure from Frankfurt.

Read: The Start Of Siddharth Vinayak Patankar'S Journey
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Located about 120 km northwest of Frankfurt, Nurburgring motorsports complex, around the village of Nurburg, Germany - has a capacity of 150,000 spectators. With its many chicanes, curves and traps, Nurburgring Circuit is known to be one of the most demanding and hazardous race tracks in the world. It’s here that #GLAadventure reaches the 10,000 kilometres mark.

Watch: #GLAadventures Action-Packed Day at Nurburgring Track
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Garrett is a Guinness World Record holder for the record of biggest wave ever surfed. In 2011 he set a world record by riding a 78-foot wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. #GLAadventure meets this legendary surfer in Portugal, only this time team #GLAadventure does the surfing.

Watch: #GLAadventure's Surfing Experience
September 22, 2015
Goodbye to Europe!
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At Algeciras Port in Spain team Africa took over from team Europe to continue #GLAadventure’s grand road trip. After covering 13 countries and over 13,200 kilometres, the European leg of the drive was finally over. Next stop was – ‘The Mighty Africa.’

Read: Explore the History of Motorsport in Europe
The road has been around since 1941 and includes a stretch that’s Australia’s longest straight road (and second longest in the world).More
Explore Cerro Negro, which is the youngest volcano in Central America, and one that’s also the most active in the region.More