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spent the weekend at TX Motor Speedway driving expensive AMG iron at stupid speeds-great fun!! Drove SLS AMG,CL 63, SLK 55, E 63,CLS 63-amazing time. Look up AMG Academy on line too see whats offered-I recommend it w/o reservation if you have the time. I want to sign up for another course!!!The instructors were great as well, you never feel truly at risk, though they push you to do some wild things (skidpad!!!).
 

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time to buy an Amg!!
 

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more pix from day at TX Motor Speedway
 

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Last week, I got an e-mail from the AMG 'Lounge' that the 2013 AMG Driving Academy schedule is available and taking reservations. Since I took delivery of my 2013 SLK AMG in August, there were no spots left for the 2012 sessions; that prompted me to register early to ensure I get a good 'slot' this year. So last week, I signed up for the November 9, 2013 (Friday) 'Private Lounge Day' at the Laguna Seca track in California. I checked it out on Google Maps and it looks to be a beautiful setting - sure hope so. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else is thinking about or already signed up to attend the Academy this year? If so, when/where is your training scheduled? I recall when I was enduring the 4+ months long 'waiting game' to take delivery of my car, there were 4 or 5 of us in the same boat all waiting for our AMG's - so there have to be at least a few folks on the forum who are eligible to take the 'complementary' training. Hopefully I'll see other members when I'm there. Also, I'd be interested in hearing from those who have already attended the training if you were able to take your spouse with you to the track - I kind of assume so, but am wondering if there is anything for them to do and what they thought of the experience? My sweety is pretty excited for me to attend, but was wondering about what to expect if she goes? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Finally, I've been poking around on the internet and found a site called 'The Drivers Edge' (http://www.thedriversedge.net/) that offers 'High Performance' driver training at different tracks around Texas. It looks like it would be a real hoot to attend - the price looks reasonable, plus you get to use your own car. I was wondering if any of you have experience with this company and if you think this might be a good 'prerequisite' to attending the AMG Academy? In fact, I see one of the tracks they use (Texas World Speedway) is only about 1 hour from my house, so it would be very convenient to attend. Well whaddayaknow, I think I just talked myself into taking this course, too!

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Wow, I can't even imagine doing Laguna Seca in an AMG. Many years ago I took Keith Code's Superbike School at Laguna Seca and it was a very educational and thrilling experience. Hope you have fun. :burnout:
 

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Hi all

That sounds like a nightmare SLK55 AMG going down/around the Corkscrew , not one for anyone with a weak heart LOL


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mine was at Tx motor speedway-great fun, tho' we stayed on the infield road course, only did 1 "parade lap" on the oval-still the coolest thing ever!! I want to do level 2 and was thinking about Laguna-looks great!!
 

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I dont recall exactly what the deal is w/ spouses (my wife didnt go) but I would think they wouldn't be able to go in the car-if you're on the track, you and your partner wear a helmet-probably not enough to go around...on the auto cross, etc dont recall the policy, but I believe its included in the packet they mail you. You'll have a great time either way-it was an enormous blast throwing 200K$$ SLS's around the track!!
 

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rhartson,
Sounds like it will be a blast - can't wait. After my post yesterday, I got a call from the AMG Academy to finalize my reservation. For a 'spectator' to attend, the fee is $250 (at least for this track), which to me seemed reasonable (we're gonna make this a week-long vacation, anyway). Thanks for your input. Maybe I'll see ya there!
 
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rhartson,
Sounds like it will be a blast - can't wait. After my post yesterday, I got a call from the AMG Academy to finalize my reservation. For a 'spectator' to attend, the fee is $250 (at least for this track), which to me seemed reasonable (we're gonna make this a week-long vacation, anyway). Thanks for your input. Maybe I'll see ya there!
Attached is an article from our latest MBCA St. Louis Gateway Section newsletter. Tony and his wife had a blast.

Bob
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thats exactly what happened to me!! Mercedes knows what great advertising this is-after I took the Tx Motor Spdwy course, I got my current toy!!
 

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Hi all

That sounds like a nightmare SLK55 AMG going down/around the Corkscrew , not one for anyone with a weak heart LOL


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I'd say more of a thrill ride, would be fun with the top down - of course everything is more fun with the top down! Being a west coast driver there just aren't many tracks located in area's you'd go on vacation - Laguna is the exception.
 
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