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Cool M5 E39 and M6 G-Power high-speed roadtrip on Autobahn 5000km [tons photos and video]

The purpose of this trip was to drive the Autobahn at no speed limit, until we get tired of driving fast.

The speed demon in us needs to be occasionally tamed. There is some beautiful curiosity about pushing the gas pedal all the way to see what the car can actually do. Constricted by the speed limits in 99% of the world we never get to let it go, never get to just let loose and drive as fast as you want,.
We humans, we are unknowingly addicted to emotion, search for the next emotion that gives us butterflies in the stomach, and makes us feel again like a kid on a roller coaster.

Autobahn is such a place that gives butterflies.

This trip was in the making for the whole spring, but because it was surprisingly hard to collect a good set of friends (everyone is busy with life) to go on the trip, the trip was postponed from summer to autumn- specifically early November, the last moment before winter sets in. The weather in November is unpredictable, sunlight is down and rain is up. Obviously the Autobahn requires dry asphalt and no traffic. We made the plan to arrive in Germany and then just map out where the sun shines and there is no traffic and just head that direction, no other plan than chasing the sun. One one of the days the whole Germany was forecast to be rainy so we drove to Amsterdam to wait out the rain, where it was sunny... and as Germany started clearing up, we headed right back to Germany.


This is our full route, as tracked by GPS systems in the cars.



The GPS system is designed for fleet management and considers everything over 200km/h as an error, hence we had a significant distance that is not reported by GPS where we stayed above 200km/h.






Filling up in Riga, Latvia before leaving to Klaipeda, Lithuania.
The M5 has stickers inspired by Alex Roy’s Team Polizei 144.
The stickers were added for a photoshoot. Also, I figured it would be fun to go with the stickers on the Autobahn, chase the M6 with the M5 and confuse everyone. The POLIZEI, text original livery on Alex Roy’s M5, on the side of car, was replaced with INTERCEPTOR because it is not too smart to have POLIZEI written on the side of the car in Germany.






M6 G-Power has a modified speedometer.








Some photos of the November sun.








Cleaning up before boarding the ship to Germany.






DFDS Ferry from Klaipeda to Kiel. This is done so we don't get exhausted driving the 2000km to Germany from Latvia. We wake up rested next to the Autobahn, with fresh oil in the car and ready to drive to max speed on Autobahn.










The DFDS ferry sucks, especially for a vacation trip. The accommodations are Ok, the rooms are Ok, there are only few amenities... but what is expected on a transport ship? What made the ferry suck was the other travelers: only miserable truckers, all of them. Swollen faces and beer bellies from plenty of drinking, and they continued to drink all night. I wonder how they get off the ship in Kiel without getting arrested. It appears pretty certain that the German Polizei does not do breathalyzer tests on the sea faring truckers as they leave the ship. I would suggest Stena Lines or other shipping line.






Waking up somewhere in Germany at our AirBNB host, just outside Kiel, Germany. Ready to go to Autobahn.






Warming up the G-Power.








Finally on the Autobahn, moving along at high speed.






Cruising through Hamburg port on the speed restricted Autobahn section.





Fuel. First stop of many. The cars consume fuel at a significant rate during high speed runs. The M6 has a smaller tank and higher fuel consumption than the M5. It really showed because M6 ran out of fuel just as M5's fuel tank went just below half tank. M5 ended up waiting for M6 quite a bit.





Make sure you have everything with you when entering the Autobahn. Everything costs a lot more at the Autobahn fuel stations, also the fuel stations on Autobahn are not accessible from side roads.
The bottle of windshield washer fluid cost 25 Euro!








Random hitchhiker on the side of the Autobahn. We could not really help him since we had no direction where we heading except where there is no traffic.






Slow down pause on the Autobahn.





In Germany, it is all sunny and nice and then out of nowhere thick fog starts, so thick that one realizes why the European cars have a special rear fog light.






Daylight of Day 1 on the Autobahn coming to a close.






Fuel stop before hotel.





We AirBnB’d with some hosts that were brand new, so it was kind of sketchy but after hassle of them picking up phone and accommodating us, we woke up in the morning and realized that we are staying right next to a castle.

















If you need to pee on the German countryside, there are few places to hide.













German advanced society going backwards, they now have instructions how to poop in the toilet. Things we had taken for granted for 100+ years.





Rain was coming to most of Germany, so we decided to run where the sun shines and the next location for sunshine happened to be Amsterdam.







We really never have a plan where will end up or where to stay at night, we figure it out towards the evening. This night it turns out it was impossible to get a booking on AirBNB and once we gave up on AirBNB, then also the last hotels (in rural Europe) were closed. AirBNB banned my host right after I had booked and then it was too late to book another one, they obviously would not tell me, but after 3 hours on the phone with them I had figured it all out. AirBNB banned him for offering to circumvent AirBNB fees in his profile or some sketchy thing like that, because of this AirBNB bann move we ended without a place to sleep.

We ended up sleeping in our cars outside the hotel that we had reservations at but clerk had gone home at 23:00 when reservation on Booking.com said midnight. They were all apologetic in the morning as they discovered us leaving and offered us free breakfast.





Entering the Netherlands.





The speed started to glitch, go little wild, then drop to zero, then go a little wild...then stayed at zero. I broke the speedometer on the Autobahn.






Mandatory photo of M5 by the Amsterdam canals. It is one of the most car-unfriendly places on earth. I do not recommend taking a car to the center of Amsterdam, but I had to do it for the photos and the bucket list!






Amsterdam. Parking is about $100/night in the parking structures around Amsterdam centrum. The GoogleMaps reviews of parking structures are full of bad reviews where people say their cars have been broken into. We got lucky after 2 hours of searching for decent street parking, found a place in upscale area right in front of hotel that has reception clerk 24/7 and has low day rate of 35 Euros per day, per car.








Amsterdam centrum.






A lot of Amsterdam centrum looks the same, can’t tell what street you are on, but the signature is one- canals with small side streets.






A lot of houses in Amsterdam are crooked due to sinking foundations...








Tourists being tourists. Everyone got to get a photo of the posing bird, that posed so perfectly that it appears to be a NPC character in a Matrix simulation.






One of the bicycle stalls by main train station in Amsterdam.










I have the non-drivers a cookie each before we leave Amsterdam in order to make their passenger time on the Autobahn extra exciting.






Came across an 928.






We left Amsterdam since the rain was coming to Amsterdam and head for the Nurburgring. We knew that the possibility of rain is huge on the Nurburgring, but we knew also that tomorrow is the last day of the season and we can’t go there the day after tomorrow, we decided to go and risk it with the rain.






Fuel station in Limburg.






AirBNB place around the corner from Nurburgring. Rainy. Looks bleak for Nurburgring track day.









Outside Devil’s Diner at Nurburgring Nordschleife.






Inside Devil’s Diner at Nurburgring Nordschleife.






Leaving the Nurburgring.
It was rainy. Nurburgring was having a classic race in the morning and the track would only open after 2:30pm for an hour or so, before season close. We decided against waiting to get a lap or two in before they close, if they even stay open at all due to weather.. So we got back on the Autobahn and drove away from the rain and headed to Munich, where it was forecast to be sunny.






We encountered an Audi A8 wide-body on the way to Munich. The car was from Romania. The guy was the most aggressive driver we came across on the Autobahn during the whole trip. The car was a diesel and did not really stand its ground against the M5 or M6 over 250kmh. After 1 hour of runs, the Audi driver pulled over at the same fuel station we pulled in to (due to G-Power running out of fuel again). The Audi driver asked how many HP the M5 has. I told him 400HP and he replied that the Audi has 500HP but the M5 is faster. I believe the diesel part is what was slowing the Audi down. The G-Power got an engine fault (that neesd the car to restart in order to remove) mid-way on this run of this fuel tank and was limited to 250kmh until fuel station, and could not really show the Audi who up…










We AirBNB’d again and found a nice random place not too far from Nurnberg in the countryside. Beautiful, as always, always with a lot of history. All of Germany is a lot of history. This house was a bar converted into a home.






Drone view of the area.










Heading to the BMW museum and HQ in Munich.






There was something really odd going on with this roof.





At the BMW factory, headquarters and museum in Munich. After 17 years and 180,000 miles the M5 is back home, visiting its birthplace.






Parking at BMW Welt/Museum.






It turns out that a yellow dress pretty much matches everything they have at the BMW museum.
















The M Power room was void of E34 M5 and E39 M5. I was really looking forward seeing these two in pristine condition. When I realized they don’t have a single E34 M5 or E39 M5 at the museum I became disappointed and put a 1 star rating on the museum on GoogleMaps. I rather see a warehouse full of entire BMW production line than some select fancy rooms and stuff, where a lot of machines I wanna see are missing.








It is quite amazing to see these old machines in pristine condition. To see an old 3-series how it was, when it was brand new. Surprising was most of the cars at the museum had plenty of miles on them, they were never set aside for museum purposes, but most likely later re-acquired from private market for museum purposes.












We ended up at the BMW Museum bookstore. Started searching for an M5 book.






BMW M5: The Complete Story. That’s my book!.. That’s what I said anyway. I told everyone to hold because I need to find my car and started flipping through the pages. I was joking with them, but then it became true. My car was in the book. The pictures from years ago that I took and uploaded to Wikimedia were published in the book.








Was an honor to go to the BMW factory and museum, find and open the M5 Complete Story book and find myself in it.







After visiting the BMW Museum and now on the road for a week, we initially had a plan to drive to Italy and then Santorini. Italy had had torrential rains for a month and no sign of letting go, so we decided against trying to cross the Alps while it is snowing and Italy looking increasingly like a disaster zone. This is where we decided to head back to Latvia.

At this time I was actually getting tired of driving on the Autobahn. It is exhausting to drive over 250kmh, the amount of concentration required wears one out fast. Anita was just sleeping in the passenger seat at times, at 250kmh. The brakes on the car were with US Spec standard rotors, that are not of the floating-type design. They had begun warping toward the end of the trip, due to uneven heating (delta) on the brake rotor center cone/dome and the rotor itself and heat expansions doing its job.

The speedometer was also shot. It broke in Munich. I was getting no speedometer and after inspection the conclusion was that the rear left drive axle’s boot/cover had started to come loose at the seam and spilled grease everywhere in the wheel hub with centrifugal force, clogging the speed sensor. Numerous attempts were made to try to clean the speed sensor but it only worked for couple km and then failed again. When using a high pressure washer and hitting the speed sensor, we got it to work for 100km or so.. Then fail again due to the grease getting everywhere.







Prague train station.






Downtown Prague.






Morning in Prague, getting ready to leave.








Numerous attempts were made to clear the speed sensor from grease from rear axle. This time by removing the rear wheel and spraying brake cleaner to unclog it. The service shop across the street were idiots and would not lend me the jack stand for 10eur for 10 min. I had to use the BMW road-side jack stand, which worked fine.










After days on the Autobahn and high speed driving I had actually gotten a little tired from unlimited speed and just wanted to relax and sit on Instagram for a change. A funny feeling, because I never thought I would get enough of the Autobahn, and that I will want to just go fast forever, but such is not the case in life. One actually gets tired of it eventually. I remember a M5Board member from Germany once saying “high speed driving gets boring” and I could not believe him. Now I know what he meant by that. I was finally full of the emotion “driving really fast”, ready to go home and relax for the winter.






Gave the wheel to Anita, got in the passenger seat and got on Instagram. Next, I look up and she is pacing the G-Power M6 at 200+ km/h.








Heavy Industries, somewhere Lithuania.






The speedo was broken so I plugged in Bluetooth OBDII reader and setup the Torque App on phone to be a speedo and tacho HUD. Torque App has bunch of settings to work as a HUD, mirroring the image so it would look correct on the windshield and hiding all the Android icons, etc. The HUD speedo data is sourced from GPS speed instead of speed sensor and Tacho is sourced from OBDII link.






Back in Riga, Latvia.






The M5 and the M6 were both driving behind a semi truck in the darkness of 4AM in Lithuanian nowhere, when a dead deer suddenly appeared behind the center of rear end of the semi truck and before the M6 had a chance to react, the M6 ran over the dead deer. The M6 has specially designed kevlar undercarriage panels, same form as regular but really durable. The M6 jumped on the deer and crushed it some more. Then came the M5 right in the heels and splattered it all over as well. There was no damage to the cars surprisingly, but the M6 front wheels were all red with blood splatter and the M5 had the whole undercarriage in red. I had to take the car to a specific shot that washes the undercarriage. The car was smelling like BBQ for the rest of the trip to Riga and then started smelling burnt as the meat was roasting on the exhaust pipes. Footage of the deer incident can be found in the 20 min YouTube video posted at end of this post.








Getting the undercarriage washed off properly.





Here are videos of the entire trip. I made two versions, a 5 minute short and a 20 min longer version.

VIDEO: 5 Minute version





VIDEO: 20 Minute version





Over all the trip was clearly, amazing. The weather could have been better but overall it was pretty great for being November, granted we drove where the sun was shining all the time. It is a shame that we have to go so far to enjoy these fine machines, that were purpose built for high speed. Germany is a very very crowded place, more than 10 times more crowded than America. That said the fact they have any kind of Autobahn there is already amazing, considering the density. A lot of Autobahn sections are limited now due to too high risk and too much traffic. On a weekday you really can’t get your speed runs because density of cars on Autobahn is too high. Sometimes the traffic jam lasts 4-5 hours if there is a significant accident.

The Autobahn speed record still stands from 1938 at 432 kilometers per hour, when the crazy Germans were in pursuit of the craziest machines and safety and technology was miles apart. More on Wikipedia: Autobahn.

Shame that we must go so far to enjoy such amazing roads, and that the only place where such amazing roads exists, is actually a very crowded place with very high population density.




Check out my previous road trips:

M5 from Los Angeles to New York, across Atlantic Ocean to Latvia to Nurburgring to Stockholm:
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2267220-E39-M5-inter-continental-road-trip-gt-X-USA-Europe-Autobahn-Nurburgring-150-photos

M6 from Scandinavia and across Europe to Italy:
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2323430-5000km-roadtrip-with-Gumball-BMW-M6-G-Power-across-Europe-Alps-and-Autobahn-330kmh

Here are two clips with compilation of some of the high speed runs on Autobahn on this trip, without music, straight from Go-Pro.

M6's camera:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WbAgMuKy_Y

M5's camera:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrmLJz-SF6Q

Compilation of high speed passing cars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvM7oyETE0c


That’s about it!

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That's some stunning photography and an amazing trip to document and experience.

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This is so awesome. I've done some pretty great drives but never think to take pictures along the way.

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This is so awesome. I've done some pretty great drives but never think to take pictures along the way.

What we should have done in terms of video/pictures along the way was to launch the drone above the Autobahn as we do high speed passes, but in the moment at 250kmh we didn't think of it at all.



We filmed over 500GB of material, most of the 500GB came from the 2x Go-Pro's, but also there were 4x phones, 2x DSLR's, drone.. all added up to a ton of material to go through end of the trip and make a decent video.
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Amazing trip and post. I sopped up every word, every image. I travel to Europe often, and have often thought of a good road trip like this. Many thanks for sharing this incredible travel log!! Love the homage to Alex Roy... your decal scheme must have drawn a few looks! Great to see the old gal in such an inspiring, epic journey. Very well done!!!

Btw, Anita is not too hard on the eyes either...

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How long did the trip take for you all? And what did it cost all in(everything else and petrol separate)?

I'd be very interested in doing something similar, but would only ever get two weeks off at a time from work.

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