Speaking of kickdown....In 1984 when I was in Germany I got a ride to Munich on the Autoban in a 500SEL. Whenever we came to a hill the driver would mannually downshift (instead of waiting for the tranny to do it) and floor it. In no time at all we were pushing over 200km.
Anyhow, I asked him if I should get a bucket to pick up the parts we were gonna leave on the Autoban. His answer was MBZ was built for this.