Three Cups Corner is the first of, appositely, three stopping points
Engine will be run in on the 1600-mile trip
A chance for shut-eye under the Channel
A couple of hours later and we've arrived in picturesque northern France
Arriving at Troisvilles, we find a modest village of mostly red brick buildings
The 18in wheels come to halt beside the war memorial in Troisvilles
The first flecks of snow swirl free just south of Orleans
When we reach Chatellerault two hours later, the ouside lane had been skeined with snow
On the long drive down through Spain, the cabin's comfort and ergonomics are appreciated
An early arrival in Tresjuncos before continuing to Malaga
'Three series’. It’s not the most inspiring name for a car. And finding travel inspiration in such a digit is a tricky task, too. But you can find place names with ‘three’ in them.
Cross the Channel and you’ll find Troisvillers in France and Tresjuncos in Spain, which is where we’ll head to via Sussex’s Three Cups Corner in a quest to put some serious miles beneath the wheels of the 320d that will be the best-selling Three in the UK.
Follow this captioned gallery link for all the journey highlights and stunning scenery This slightly eccentric route will put a good 1600 miles beneath the wheels of this BMW and give us a fine chance to get the measure of it before we hit Malaga, where this car is needed for the UK press launch.
The car in question is a BMW 320d sprayed a rather alluring Melbourne Red. It rides on optional 18in double-spoke alloy wheels and bears the hallmarks of the new Sport trim pack that first appeared on the latest 1-series.