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Starting this thread to plan the next Socal SLKWorld Drive.

Suggestions so far:

1. Drive Date of August 7th or 8th. Might match up with a Canadian SLKworld member being in L.A. to pick up his SLK55. Also wont interfere with the August 14/15 concours d'elegance being held in Pebble Beach.

2. Drive time starting late afternoon or evening. I know my dermatologist will cheer more top down driving when there is no direct sun.

3. Drive route of Hollywood Hills/Mulholland Drive/Sunset. Exact route TBD at this point.

4. Dinner somewhere on/near the drive.


Add your comments and further suggestions on any or all of the 4 topics.

Personally, I am planning to clean my headlights on August 6th to get ready for a evening SLKworld drive.
 

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I am OK with all 4 items. It may also allow time for RyanAx to pick up the 55 hopefully on a Saturday morning and maybe meet in the afternoon of the same Saturday or maybe Sunday, as schedule permits.
 

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That would be awsome guys. I am hopping to pick up the car Saturday around 3:00pm and there shouldn't be any complications. I might need to pick up the car in Nevada to avoid paying the state tax from the dealership (because I live out of state). But I am hopping that the dealership will be able to find the tax exemption document so I can pick it up right from LA.
 

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I am absolutely in, either date works for me. Saturday might be better than Sunday for those who have to work Monday morning.
Everything looks good! I can attend either day, but I'd rather not finish super-late on Sunday. I live kinda close to the suggested area anyways. :)
I too would go for Saturday late afternoon/evening.

Does anyone who is familiar with the area have a route in mind/in the making?
 

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That would be awsome guys. I am hopping to pick up the car Saturday around 3:00pm and there shouldn't be any complications. I might need to pick up the car in Nevada to avoid paying the state tax from the dealership (because I live out of state). But I am hopping that the dealership will be able to find the tax exemption document so I can pick it up right from LA.
RyanAx, could you tell us which MB you're picking the 55 from? This way we can find a way-point close to it or perhaps we all can gather at the dealership -- presuming it has adequate guest parking space. We could use their refreshments, e.g., coffee :D
 

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As things are shaping up ...

It looks like:

August 7th, Saturday -- late afternoon/early evening

List of persons coming (please feel free to copy and edit as needed):

1. SantaMonicaSLK32
2. V8SLK
3. Bleen
4. Davids88keys
5. etyu
6. cjpirozzi (?)
7. Todd157K

Meeting time and place: TBD

Route: TBD

Dinner/evening snack: TBD
 

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To pick a route I think we need a little feedback or decisions on whether we need to be close to a certain MB dealer and where we want to stop for dinner.

The entire distance of the "famous" part of Mulholland drive from its east end near the 101 fwy to the 405 fwy is just over 10 miles and 20 minutes of drive time. Its a great night drive. The drive to and from Mulholland will most likely be the longer portions of the drive.

Are we looking to do a dinner stop on the beach near Sunset and PCH, or a dinner stop in Hollywood? Saturday night dinner in Hollywood with a group over 6 might need some advance reservations too. We can also add points of interest, like the Hollywood Sign.

Edit: here is map of one sample drive:

1. Start at Mel's Drive In
2. Drive to the hollywood sign
3. Drive down Mulholland Drive
4. Drive down Roscomare to Sunset
5. Drive Sunset back into Hollywood

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Mel's+Drive+In+Hollywood,+Los+Angeles,+CA&daddr=Mt+Lee+Dr+to:Mulholland+Dr+to:Roscomare+Rd+to:34.098017,-118.338718&geocode=FatWCAId-0vy-CGLsfVYwOIpkSkD1aiNI7_CgDFn2tOJCgIoMg;FZTZCAIdUI3y-A;FZi3CAId08Dx-A;FV0-CAIduGTw-A;&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=3&mrsp=4&sz=13&sll=34.10457,-118.391515&sspn=0.10035,0.222301&ie=UTF8&z=13
 

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Another route option:

Same first 5 sgements as above, but rather than taking Sunset back to Hollywood, take Sunset to PCH, PCH to Las Flores, Head up to Saddle Peak Road and down the ever popular Tuna Canyon. Just remember it will be dark, worse visibility and likely slower speeds than our daytime runs.


Map link:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Mel's+Drive+In+Hollywood,+Los+Angeles,+CA&daddr=Mt+Lee+Dr+to:Mulholland+Dr+to:Roscomare+Rd+to:W+Sunset+Blvd+to:Saddle+Peak+Rd+to:34.040996,-118.589344&geocode=FatWCAId-0vy-CGLsfVYwOIpkSkD1aiNI7_CgDFn2tOJCgIoMg;FZTZCAIdUI3y-A;FZi3CAId08Dx-A;FcYoCAIdrW7w-A;Ff2JBwIdpzLv-A;FbQJCAIdcaXt-A;&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=5&mrsp=6&sz=13&sll=34.073564,-118.542995&sspn=0.100386,0.222301&ie=UTF8&z=13
 

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I think we're in. :tu:

would be cool to have a parade of SLK's show up at the dealership to pick up Ryanax and the '55.

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Just remember it will be dark, worse visibility and likely slower speeds than our daytime runs. ....
Agree.

We all need to be careful on all our drives and make this a safe and "leisurely" drive and enjoy the sunset and night scenery.
 

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It is looking more likely that I will be able to make it.

I agree that instead of heading back toward Hollywood when we hit Sunset the PCH would be much cooler.
 

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Hey Guys,

This is going to be a lot of fun. I was actually going to be picking the car up from Keyes Hyundia but the guys at the dealership decided to **** me over. I had an agreed upon price for a week and we were just ironing out the details for the pickup and tax stuff and they decided to sell the car on me after having my deposit information for 36+ hours.

So now I need to try to find another SLK 55 or 350 within the next week and a half...arrrrgh what a pain in the ass.

Cheers,

Ryan
 

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wow Ryan, that's messed up. Keyes is a big dealer here. Well, if that's how they play ball, you don't want to be in that game. Good news is... MBz made more and there's lots of them around. Good luck with your search. Don't settle.
 

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So now I need to try to find another SLK 55 or 350 within the next week and a half...arrrrgh what a pain in the ass.
Have you looked at the one SlipNSlide has for sale in the "For Sale" section of this forum? Everyone that's seen that car in person loves it.
 

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I'd like to go on this one:

1. SantaMonicaSLK32
2. V8SLK
3. Bleen
4. Davids88keys
5. etyu
6. cjpirozzi (?)
7. Todd157K
8. Durkatlon

Seems like a lot of details are still unsolidified. Anyone want to take a stab at filling in details of meeting place, restaurant, waypoint(s), and updating the original post? :)
 
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