Take the road from the Mediterranean coast to La Turbie high above Monte Carlo. Half close your eyes and you can almost see Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in that wonderful film To Catch A Thief.
The car, if memory serves, was a Jaguar XK120.
It is a road that evokes images of cars. In a way, this bit of France is the spiritual home of Mercedes. For it is where the Mercedes name was born 100 years ago, brought into life by Emil Jellinek, the Austrian consul in Nice, well-known car enthusiast and entrepreneur.
In 1900 he sold 28 Daimler cars, raced under the name of Mercedes - which also was the name of his 11-year-old daughter. He ordered five cars from Daimler in Stuttgart, Germany, which were delivered just before Christmas in 1900.
A legend - and the oldest surviving brand name in automotive history - was born. Driving the same roads 100 years later, also in a car with a three-pointed star, helps put our achievements in perspective.