I was sitting around watching rick steeves europe the other night out of sheer boredom, and had a bit of an idea, which after thinking about, I'm going to try and attempt within the next ten years, just so I have a general goal in life I suppose. Get out, see the world, document it, meet some cool people, become cultured etc etc etc. Bear with me on this one.
I have my mk1, which I want to convert to a street legal track car. I want it to be finished to a standable degree (carpets and a bit of sound deadner and such) but with a cage and harnesses and all the race car amenities. Think GT3RS, just in Mk1 format. Then I want to drive it across the country to new york, ship it to europe, and spend a few months driving around hotel hopping and camping to see some of europes greatest places. My girlfriend and I are both huge motorsports nuts, so the ring for a few laps (perhaps the day after the 24h), lemans, walking the banking at monza, visiting sennas memorial at imola, 24 hours of spa, and maybe the random british touring car race or formula 1 race would be intertwined in there, in addition to such things like stelvio, the riviera, the milau bridge, the louve and tate modern, eiffel tower, british parliment, berlin wall, driving through the alps, around the isle of man, and so on would be pinpointed. Typical touristy stuff mixed with serious motorsports and gear head spots as well.
At this point is where Id like other peoples input. First, what are some spots I should put on the to do list? If you could go anywhere to see anything in europe, where would it be? Second, with it being a race trim car, albeit a stripped mk1, what level\style of vw motor do you think would suffice to be fast enough for the track but still get us across and around europe reliably? So far the requirements are that the car as a whole be simple and naturally aspirated. What else would you suggest?
Overall cost on just the trip alone im guessing would be solidly in the 30k mark, however that entirely depends on how much camping vs hotel stays and such is planned for, how much shipping a car costs, what kind of fuel mileage is acheived, food costs etc.
for the TL;DR crowd;
1. Planning epic trip to Europe. What should I go see?
2. What engine should power the Mk1 I intend to drive around Europe to get great power, good mileage, and good enough reliability to get me there and back largely problem free?