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Fast Times at Texas Motor Speedway
The South Central Region MB Club had a "Driving Event" at the Texas Motor Speedway Friday before Saturday's all-Mercedes Red River Concours d’Elegance. Couldn't miss this!
Two groups of about 10 cars alternated doing three laps. That repeated for almost two hours. 100ş on the track. Once the Captain Slows winnowed out to just one small group, we got some good laps in. There was an AMG SL and a V12 SL ahead of me. Can't pass as that is considered racing and that violated the track's insurance, so they said. We figured out how to drop back, then nail it coming out of turn 2. I had several long full throttle runs over 115 with a top speed of 123. They slowed way too soon for turn 3 so I had to brake hard. I was closing on them every run after dropping back from them to get running room. The trick turned out to be get in 4th gear, then nail it when it appeared they were going to go for it, which they didn't always do because of traffic. Didn't use the horn or brights. Left the trailing safety car in the dust. One organizer was surprised to hear of this speeds, but no one said anything during the laps. They had to know...
I gotta say, shifts are WHAMMO up there at those speeds! Man, it shifts hard and fast! Jarring! And the NOISE! Still climbing fast at 123 mph. This is what it's all about with these cars.
The banked turns were no problem/boring as most slowed down way too much. Still g's though. Started with half a tank, low fuel warning came on during the last lap! Wow, lousy mileage! Others had the same problem. Be sure to fill up first. Also, a "stability control inoperative" alert came up, along with other functions like Active Brake Assist. Eventually fixed itself, no handling problems noted. Anyone else seen that?
The Concours d’Elegance featured a 300 SL coupe, a 300 SL roadster, and a recently finished 1936 500K Hitlermobile. Hitler braved the track and did an estimated 45 mph. Big of him to do that, we thought. We enjoyed it. Probably safest way to test a car like that - no drunks or texters.
Bottom line, do this if you ever get a chance! Biggest thrill since the AMG Performance Driving Academy at COTA. This is what it's all about!
Last edited by SLKomatic; 2 Weeks Ago at 11:50 PM.