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Old 02-06-2008, 09:11 AM
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AMG Challenge?

I was wondering if anyone here has ever been to the AMG Challenge? I got an invitation yesterday. It seems like it would be a blast. A great chance to get to drive a variety of high performance MBs.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:23 AM
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I've wanted to do it for years but the $1K price tag keeps me saying,,, "Maybe next year".
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:30 AM
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Yeah, me too. Only now it's $1295 according to their website.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:06 AM
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We are planning on attending this year.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:09 PM
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Have you ever been before or is this your first time? You'll have to tell us all about it. It sounds like it would be a blast.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:33 PM
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I've been to several of MB's On-Track events over the years, most recently at Pocono in 2006. On-Track is basically the same as the Challenge, but it's reserved for MBUSA, and MB dealership employees. To put it mildly, it's a
%#$*ing blast!!! Imagine pulling out of the pits and going full throttle all the way around turns one and two (passing is allowed on the right). Then, get on the brakes with both feet as hard as you can, hang a hard left, and tear through the road course section (no passing is allowed on this part of the track). Re-enter the main track at the exit of pit road and do it all over again. Of course, this follows some instruction from professional drivers. I ran about twenty five laps in a C55, E55, and an SL55.

Then there's the precision driving competition. SLK's were the weapon of choice for this timed event. This was almost as much fun as the high-banks.

My advice, spend the money, it's worth it.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:56 PM
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Thanks. You've painted a very enticing picture. Sounds like a great place to work.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:51 PM
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My friend that has gone to about six of these events said that the $1295 is worth it because you will ruin a set of tires and a set of brakes which probably cost more than $1295. Plus you can speed legally and you dont have to beat up your own car. I feel the same way, it's still hard to swing $1295, but most likely worth it.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:02 PM
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I have not done it yet, but my dad has, and he says its awesome.


He said he shredded a set of tires on an SL going around the track, and said he would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:03 PM
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I've also heard friends say that racing your car (assuming you have a new car) will void the warranty, so this way you can enjoy the thrill of it without worrying about that.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:05 PM
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If I had the spare $$ I would do it as well
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:15 PM
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I've also heard friends say that racing your car (assuming you have a new car) will void the warranty, so this way you can enjoy the thrill of it without worrying about that.
My old boss tracked his E55 when it was new, but has no time to track his CLS63.



That never voided the warranty...
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:02 PM
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A CLS63?! Niiice. I think I saw once of those pass me the other day. I'm not sure, though. It was going too fast.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:27 PM
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It all sounds like a lot of fun...

Where, and when do they hold this event..?

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Personally, I'd rather take my own cars out, but that's just me!

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