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GB Automobile Association Wikipedia - Automobile Association Route-Finding tables for Continental Europe 1968

 

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In the days before Autobahns, crossing Europe was done using route finding tables of ringbound A5 books. Normally the tables were issued by the respective automobile association of the country. The crew of The Italian Job (1968) would have used the route-finding table provided by the English Automobile Association Wikipedia - Automobile Association , "AA", (equivalent of DDAC). For 1968, the route-finding information for approach to the Mont Blank tunnel was:

To northern Italy via Lake Geneva or southern France:

The shortest route to Laussane via Arras, Riems, the Marne valley, Langres, and Bescançon is also the quickest. Between Lausanne and Milan there is a choice: either through the Grand St Bernard Tunnel or over the Simplon Pass (with alternative rail tunnel). In summer the Simplon pass is the more interesting, but for the time being long sections of the road over the summit are bad, due to long-term reconstruction works. For Turin you can use Mont Blank Tunnel Wikipedia - approached by Dijon and Geneva, or the the straightforward Mont Cenis Pass approached by way of Chambéry. For sane Remo and the nearby Mediterranean coast it is quite usual to follow the 'Riviera Route' in full.

 

The Route from Maçon up the Alps to Bellegarde would have been the same one taken by James Bond in 1959 in Ian Fleming's Novel Goldfinger (1959) and indeed any one until the advent of the Autoroute in 1987. The route below is the route most likely used by the cast and crew of The Italian Job (1968)

 

Automobile Association, routefinding table, 1968, Calais to Paris

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Automobile Association, routefinding table, 1968, Paris - Geneva - Aosta

K+F Atlas Routier Frankreich - Dijon
In the above map, the Route The Italian Job (1968) off the A6 Autoroute through Dijon and on to the N5.

 

K+F Atlas Routier Frankreich - Geneva
In the above map, the Route The Italian Job (1968) over the Jura and the Col de la Faucille Wikipedia - Col de la Faucille  Wikipedia - Col de la Faucille, through Geneva and onto the old Route Nationale road to Chamonix via Genève-Vaillard border post.

Switzerland LDS topographic Col de la Faucille
Swiss LDS topographic map 1:25:000 of Col de la Faucille

 

K+F Atlas Routier Frankreich - Geneva to Chamonix
The autoroute from Geneva to Chamonix as been laid alongside the old Route Nationale until the route reaches the gorge below the Chamonix valley where there is insufficient room for more than a two-lane highway. The new ramp was built up to the lip of the gorge (marked by two red triangles) taking two lanes of traffic up the valley. The old switch-back road was converted into a down-only two-lane road. Chamonix and the Mont Blanc tunnel are a few minutes after that.

 

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AA route finding table for the French Riviera Corniche Routes, circa late 1960s
AA route finding table for the French Riviera Corniche Routes, circa late 1960s, listing Corniche Inferiere, Grand Cornice, Moyen Corniche.

 

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