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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. 100º 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!
 

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The oil temp got up to 233º. Noticed a hot engine smell as well. I worried about that but it came down some during the rotations. Towards the end they were just waving us diehards through so maybe that's when the peak happened. Water temp was fine. I got halfway home before it went back to about 194º. A problem? Should be able to run all day flat-out.

Also enjoyed a steak at the awards banquet at the track club. They had almost as many trophies as entries. I should have entered as there were not many late model class entries. Oh, well. A friend who already has a trunkful of trophies for his 185,000 mile 1986 SL 560 won another first place. So nice I told him he should have it bronzed. He lost a point for a bug in his grill, but he drove it there. No trailer queen. Hmph.
 

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Sounds like you had a blast. I would have liked to have been there. Next time.
Yup, biggest thrill since I dove newd into a vat of cold Roosevelt dimes. You could have been there, just join the group. One guy joined that day and took home a first place trophy. It will probably be a long time before they have another Concours D'Elegance, but I'm gonna lobby for another track day soon. I wonder'f that's what drugs are like... want MORE!
 

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Sounds great!


I lived in Texas a few years ago and had the chance to drive the Texas Motor Speedway in a Nascar. I managed 153 mph which was interesting :smile:
 
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