IT was a press trip with something of a difference.
What should have been a motoring journalist’s dream quickly turned into a nightmare thanks to some overzealous police in Cataluna.
A party of 20 American journalists were testing the Mercedes-Benz E36 AMG in the region before Guardia Civil officers decided to check them out.
Held at the roadside for two hours, not one of the excited petrol-heads could produce an International Driving Permit allowing them to legally drive in Spain.
Mercedes staff eventually managed to persuade police to free the journalists, but the six €75,000 vehicles were not so lucky.
The 550-horse-power cars were impounded while the hacks were banned from driving for the remainder of their trip.