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Lake Castaic June 5 2011

AS the original thread was 5 pages long. I thought it'd be better to start a new thread on today's meet.

First of all it was GREAT to meet everyone, new and familiar faces. The twisty roads (3-legs) were fun and tested the tires causing them to squeek on hard turn once and triggering the ESP 2-3X. I know what my next set of tires will be.

Pablo (Bleen): thanks for being the pathfinder on three legs of twisty roads; and the burgers

Aaron (Noober) and Nataly: thanks for the drinks and utensils

Ken (SoCalSLKDude) and Heather (daughter): thanks for coming and the Bratwurst

John (SoCalBeachRunner): thanks for coming and the BBQ tools and aluminum foil -- otherwise we would have a hard time cooking

Dan (Poonia) and Lauren: thanks for coming and I already forgot what you guys brought

Todd (Todd154) and Grace: thanks for the hot dogs, condiments and the use of the watercraft (aka boat), it was a nice tour.

Durk (Durkatlon) and Marcele: Thanks for the wonderful salad and ice and cold chest. It was great to see both of you. I told Aaron that the small brown bottle of liquid in ice was nitroglycerine and needed to be ice-cold to keep it stable during driving. Found out later it was fish oil

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First rest area after first leg of the drive-and-meat. Noticed big smiles on Ken's and Heather's face. The 230 was no slouch for sure.





Sharing the rest stop with motor bikers:





Vista from the first rest stop:










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Second rest stop before going on the milder third leg run:







At Lake Castaic Park lot:







Lake Castaic:



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Getting the boat ready for shipping out:








Captain Todd:





First mate Pablo:




Members enjoying the boat ride:







Other lake photos:




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Finally some food photos of the BBQ:

Getting ready to grill




BBQ doesn't have to be all meat



Salad and veggie BBQ:



Food served fresh and hot from the grill

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Great seeing everyone today, especially the first-timers!! It's always great to get some new folks to show up. Wonderful food and company! The weather could've been better. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was once I got back to the LA area and beyond to Orange County and San Diego, hah hah.

Here's some more pictures.

















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Great to see everyone today, especially Ken and John. Look forward to seeing you guys on future meets.
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Had a great time as usual, the weather could have been better but it could have also been worse ;-)
Thanks everyone for making it a great afternoon!
Special thanks to Todd for the awesome boat ride!!!
Will post the videos later.

See you guys (and gals) next time.
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Thanks, again, to Bleen for getting the ball rolling and to everyone for making this a great time. Can't wait for our next get together, and plenty of posts and PM's in the meantime (will be busy with my new member Welcomes to reach the threshold for PMs!). Very much enjoyed making new friends and putting names to faces, talking SLKs, and sharing what you guys have done to upgrade and maintain your cars. Let's keep that conversation going online.

Thanks especially for tips on tires since I plan to get new rear tires asap.

BTW, on the drive home I swung past Keyes Mercedes and had a first look at the 2012 SLK in their showroom. Personally, I still prefer the look of the R171, not a huge fan of the current retro trend in automotive design. But it looks better in person than pictures online, a refinement of the familiar once you get past the SL/SLR influenced nose and retro center console. But I digress...

Here are my pics from the BBQ.
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Had a total blast. Thank you all so much for the great fun. I speak for both Nataly and I when I say that it was a pleasure meeting everyone (and seeing the "usual suspects") and blasting around on the twisty canyons.

The weather was fair, the temperature was nice, save the windchill factor, and the burgers were delicious. There was no shortage of food and even though I ate nothing in the morning, I still could not enjoy all the food like I wanted to. Stealing a line from AMPM - Too much good stuff.

The day started out great. Nataly was worried about her hair not being dry for the run, so I dropped the top down on the SLK and said "Oh trust me... don't worry." Needless to say, bolting down the freeway 15 minutes late, her hair got dry. It was great to see everyone there, including a couple of new faces, Ken and Heather! Fancy meeting you both. Love your '99 SLK. Nataly says she likes it a lot, too.

As we head out, Nataly points out that this is a familiar road, and it was the path we drove up on our very first date. In fact, the summit was already marked in my GPS as "FIRST DATE." Found that interesting, and since I knew the road well at NIGHT.... I could only imagine the skill during the day, so I decided to take it for a little ride. Boy was it fun. It was nice to see what the road actually looks like during the day. Beautiful mountain lines and the like. It was amazing. Couple of spots we nearly lost our tires, and I nearly clipped a "Suburban" on a sharp turn, but it was fun none the less.

Later down the line, I decide to play around with Pablo a bit since I figured he was going to take a certain path, and I overtake his car on a straightaway. Just as I'm about to make a left turn onto the only major street where I FIGURED he was going to turn, Pablo pulls a fast one and takes the rest of the group on a small off-road path, putting me back in the end. Very clever.

When we got there, we were followed by Dan in his SLK as we were waiting for the parking guard to let us in. After a bit, we met up with John in his beautiful light blue SLK. Pablo, being Pablo, blasts ahead and ditches all of us to play a game of cat and mouse in the park's parking lots. We ended up spinning around a summit-height parking lot looking for him, and came out and went even further down. We finally spot him, head in to park, and proceed to unload our "spoils."

The lunch was fun, delicious, and just all around great. After some culinary lessons about how to make holes, we finally got the burgers cooking, and proceeded to eat some delicious burgers.

After that, the weather opened up a nice large hole in the sky to give us some beautiful sun and sky - just enough to enjoy a nice boat ride led by our Captain Todd (so sorry for stepping on your seat. It's a lot harder than it looks.) I must say - one of the most fun experiences I've had in a while. Standing up in a boat traveling 30MPH is much like driving a convertible driving 100MPH - except there's a lot more bugs in your teeth. Yummy. Nataly stood up as well, and at those speeds, her hair was flying back like crazy. It almost looked like her head was on fire (she has red hair.) Again, thank you Todd for the great boat ride. I now know what my NEXT toy is going to be.

All in all, an amazing time. Thank you all for making that day so much fun. Nataly also had a great time, and I'm glad she's going to be joining me on future runs.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Soooooo much fun and I can't wait for the next one.
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Looks like a lot of fun sorry we couldn't make it.
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Looks like another great outing. Hope to catch you guys at the next event.


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Glad to hear you all had a blast, hope to join up with you on the next event!
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Being a noobie, I posted this on the meat & drive thread when I got home, but I wanted to get it over here, 'cause it was such a blast, and I want everyone to know how much we appreciate your hospitality!


Thanks everyone for an exhilarating and sociable rally today! It was my first, and wow, it was fantastic!!

With Bleen's expert driving skills leading (most of the time - right, Noober?), we pushed the limits of these incredible sports cars, navigating the curves and hairpin turns of the mountain roads like a video game! I now know better what this machine can do with the right driver at the wheel. And you guys are serious DRIVERS!!

Heather & I really enjoyed the warm and welcoming group of knowledgable enthusiasts, and thanks to everyone for the great spread of tasty food!

I have learned for next time to post my intentions of meeting up at the designated meet up place, otherwise no one will be there!! Worked out great, though, and it was a great way to spend a Sunday!

See you at the next one!
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35 mile an hour speed limit!

Haha, that was really fun. Thank you again Todd.
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Although the 35 mph limit seems a bit stupid, it does keep the idiots from 100+ mph screams across the lake.

Cool videos Pablo.
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Great video, Bleen! Now I get a sense of the part we missed Sure was a fun day! It doesn't look like we can find a weekend before Pia goes back to Sweeden, so I probably won't be starting a thread for this month.
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Great video, Bleen! Now I get a sense of the part we missed Sure was a fun day! It doesn't look like we can find a weekend before Pia goes back to Sweeden, so I probably won't be starting a thread for this month.
Start one. You never know! You know that the usual crew will show up regardless
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Created a thread for the next run here:
https://www.slkworld.com/u-s-californ...june-18-a.html
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