The Sunday supplement: passing the time
In a stunning new book, Jan Karl Baedeker and Porsche-mad photographer Stefan Bogner pay homage to the legendary Stelvio Pass
Man-made monolith of the 18th century Austrian empire, the Stelvio Pass was carved out of northern Italy’s eastern alps by engineer Carlo Donegani to connect Lombardy and its erstwhile motherland.
More than five years in the making – from 1820 to 1825 – the pass demanded a dizzying 45 hairpin turns to negotiate the 2,757m of its northerly elevation, making it the second highest paved pass in the Alps, and certainly the most visually dramatic.
Its practical purpose would inevitably yield to advancing alternatives in transport and travel, leaving only that undeniable pull that has since cemented the Stelvio Pass into motoring folklore: the quintessential serpentine challenge for road trippers and racers alike, for many the Stelvio remains the ultimate driving road.
Karl Baedeker and Porsche-mad photographer Stefan Bogner have documented this bucket list drive with more than 300 pages of spectacular aerial photography, fascinating anecdotes and absorbing interviews from a diverse range of experts including alpine historians, architects and celebrated Porsche drivers.
It offers an unparalleled backstory and invaluable insights into tackling one of the most iconic and challenging driving roads in Europe from behind the wheel of Porsche models spanning decades and galactic leaps in performance and technology.
Sharing the Porsche family philosophy, however, ‘Porsche Drive – Stelvio’ is more than just a coffee table book. Baedeker and Bogner have also included recommendations for places eat and stay the night en route.
Read it, absorb it, then take it with you. It’s time to book that long weekend off work …
911 R: Fuel consumption combined 13.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 308 g/km
911 GT3: Fuel consumption combined 12.9 – 12.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 290 – 288 g/km