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Details of September 8th Willow Springs Track Day

September 8th Willow Springs Track Day

Join your fellow AMG drivers for a safe and fun track day at Willow Springs on September 8th. Professional instructors will be on hand to help track new comers or provide pointers to the regulars. The day will start out with a mandatory drivers meeting to review the track rules. A class room session will follow for the novice drivers while the advance run group heads out to the 2.5 mile road course with 9 turns, long straights and the opportunity to drive their AMG at speeds close to 150mph! In between run groups drivers will have instructor led sessions on the Skid Pad. No down time, no waiting for your run groups next track session:

You will be pushing your AMG to the limit the entire day!

Plan to arrive at the Es*** House Friday September 7th by 7pm for hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar so you can meet your fellow AMG owners and talk with the instructors. We will also be giving away prizes on Friday night. Track arrival is scheduled for 7am on Saturday morning to complete check in and get a bite to eat (not included in price). Drivers meeting will start at 8:00am and then the track becomes available for the first run group. This is not wheel to wheel racing, rather the opportunity to improve your driving skills and exercise the power of your AMG in a safe environment. Lunch will be served at noon. Last run group will finish about 4:30pm.


When: Saturday September 8th 2007
Where: Willow Springs 3500 75th Street West Rosamond CA 93560
Price: $250 by check or $260 payment via PayPal

REGISTRATION: In order to guarantee a successful event you must register early. Space is limited. Send an email with the information below to [email protected] and you will receive an email with the payment instructions, event schedule, hotel information, track preparation and liability forms.

Email the following information to [email protected]
First & Last Name of all drivers
Car Make & Model
Method of Payment: Check or PayPal
Run Group: Yellow, Blue or Red

Yellow= Novice track drivers Blue= Drivers with significant track experience Red=Very Experienced Drivers

All drivers must pay even if you plan on sharing a car in the same run group or in a different run group.

This event is being organized by AMG owners. This is not an official AMG-MBUSA event. Come out and celebrate the brand and support for future driving events around the Southwest.
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Kelly said I can go!!!!!!!!

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Nice we have about 12 people registered so far........
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I'm going to try and work it in. How would it work for couples? just swap seats between runs and seperate coaching?

...the car should be broken in by then!
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I'm going to try and work it in. How would it work for couples? just swap seats between runs and seperate coaching?

...the car should be broken in by then!
I'm in. It should be a good time. But it's going to be a cooker ~100 degrees in the shade.

The $250 includes using the skid pad with instruction.

You may want to send a email to [email protected] regarding two drivers, one car.

Shelle, correct me if I'm wrong, the price is $195 without the skid pad time?

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I requested info for the track day.
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I requested info for the track day.
Be aware that the price normally increases 2 weeks prior to the track day.

Hope you make it... It'll be fun.

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Be aware that the price normally increases 2 weeks prior to the track day.

Hope you make it... It'll be fun.
I've been looking forward to the chance to go since before I even had the car, but may have to be around for the sale of my departed grandmothers house.

It could still go either way so if there's a bump in price, not much I can do. I'm already covering 2 nights in the hotel (booked) coming down from NorCal. I asked what the cut off is so we'll see...
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Shelle mentioned tonight on the AMG PL this is a MB event and the normal rules do not apply for registration.

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I've been looking forward to the chance to go since before I even had the car, but may have to be around for the sale of my departed grandmothers house.

It could still go either way so if there's a bump in price, not much I can do. I'm already covering 2 nights in the hotel (booked) coming down from NorCal. I asked what the cut off is so we'll see...
Glad to see you'll be fully utilizing your car. Let's make sure we get a Norcal event going too.
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I've torqued my nuts and I'm ready to roll!

Any other feedback / suggestions about the track/area from the group before I make the drive down from northern Calif. to Willow Springs? I've already loaded up with an ice chest and mucho aqua...

Drive wise, I'm going to bomb down 5 and cut over at the grapevine unless others have a better idea...?

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That's cool! Get to match face(s) with handles.

The wife couldn't get the day/half day off so it's going to be haul- esp since I have to pass over from 101->I5 right next to the "Lick" forrest fire- at the end of the day- on a Friday.

I'm going to just crank the tunes and cope while knowing I'm headed for fun.
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Hi guys,

Do you guys get together alot?
Im a new SLK 350 owner and would love to see what you guys have done with your cars.

Well take care
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Hi guys,

Do you guys get together alot?
Im a new SLK 350 owner and would love to see what you guys have done with your cars.

Well take care
Update your profile. Based on your location, there very well could be some GTG's.
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Thanks dsb ^^^^ profile Updated
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Thanks to Shelle for a great time. Had a good show of some vary powerful cars.

The weather was cooler than expected (below 90 most of the day).

The instructors were excellent (patience and knowledge) which made it better.

I didn't have time to take many photo's but here's a few. These were taken when others were on track.









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Ya, it was pretty toasty, but it was a blast- Well worth the long drive down from nor-cal. I hit close to 130 on the front straight- once I had the nerve to dial up the go-fast mode. "duck, duck, goose" was fun too. Too bad Tslick had tire problems late in the day.

Shelle, you get the tip of the hat for getting this set up, getting our own little group action with instructors, and last but not least- keeping me posted on the status of the highway coming down!! :-) Great job!!!

Didn't get to spend a lot of time with the other AMG'rs once the fun got started as we were either all driving, or all working our way through the color coded runs. I didn't get the chance to pass any of the GT500's that were there (I was supposed to have one before I switched to the 55) but at least I kept up!

As soon as pics come in from the track photog, I'll post 1 or 2. Thanks for sliding a pic of my car in Tom! I didn't get to park close to the other AMG's but I tried...
The wife took a couple pics, but she kept getting distracted by all the folks fawning over our Pug dog! whoda thunk it. Our last run of the day I put the Pug in her custom 4 point harness and took her and the wife for a moderate couple of laps.

Anyway, I probably spent an hour cleaning the nose and hood of the car once we got home with the hot towl to get bugs and rubber rubs off the car and then a moderate detail job. I don't even know why I thought to bring the blue painters' tape, but it came in handy as soon as I saw what others were doing with it. I think to help secure the camera in the car but never did. I'm bringing several rolls next time!

Good fun!
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Doug, those GT500's were fast. I was impressed with their cornering let alone raw speed.

You've got to post a pic of pug in his harness. I can see pug dawg sleepin through turn 5.

As to the tires, I guess I was to aggressive on the skid pad. The front left is delaminating at the center grooves with cracking adjacent to the grooves. I'm surprised the pilot sports would do that.

As to the professional photo's, I saw a photo of me coming out of turn 5 with the SL65 behind me, man does my car look small... like a raging MGB...

Edit: SL65 vs SL63

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