Paddy Murphy on the Transfăgărășan Highway

Friday, 10 Nov 2017

In 2010, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May headed off to Romania in search of the unpronounceable Transfăgărăşan Highway (Top Gear Series 14, Episode 1). Jeremy proclaimed afterwards that the Transfăgărășan is "the best road in the world". Since then Paddy wanted to drive this magnificent road and see for himself if that's truly the case. This September, his dream came true: Paddy the driver drove all the way to Romania and back - sadly without Paddy the Navigator. Paddy had to work with a soulless computer in his Audi S3 instead.

The Transfăgărășan, or DN7C, also known as Ceaușescu's Folly, is a paved mountain road crossing the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.


It starts near the village of Bascov, near Pitești, and stretches 90 kilometers to the crossroad between the DN1 and Sibiu, between the highest peaks in the country, Moldoveanu and Negoiu.

Paddy spent a few days in Romania and drove dozens of times over the mountain road. Up and down, back and forth, round and round. Paddy completely agrees with Jeremy here, the Transfăgărășan Highway is best road in the world. It has everything what a great road needs. On top of it, the view is astonishing:

Transfăgărășan Highway

Needless to say, Paddy made a video:


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The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.Paddy Murphy, 2012