Later. Stephen writes:
Today was a truly spectacular day through the mountains of Switzerland and no less than 10 Alpine Passes! We gathered in the car par of a local car dealer in Sarnen where we were instructed to bring newspaper to put under each car to prevent the numerous oil stains that were left last year. Duly gathered for the official group photograph, this will be posted as a download from the S2N website when the rally is over.
As the day drew on we undertook the longest and hardest climb of the day at the Passo Umbrail with Bob driving. Unfortunately we were in darkness as we crossed into Italy at the top. No passport controls here and we just made it before they closed the pass for the night. The last few km were on the tail of the fearsome Passo dello Stelvio. Some of our fellow S2N travellers in a large Volvo invited us to overtake them on the pass as they "had no brakes". It turned out that when needed they were using a Mercedes saloon in front as a braking system, but we don't know if they made it of if indeed they had lights, bumpers etc intact.
The night stop was in Aprica in Northern Italy. Nice hotel but unmanned at night as the tourist season is pretty well finished and we had to disturb the owner's daughter to let us in. We are finding that some of the group are causing a lot of disturbance with inconsiderate parking, airhorns etc. and it is nice to have a quiet hotel for a good night's sleep.