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Month: July 2011
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2011 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure – I Need Your Support!

Dear Blog Readers-

This will be my fourth year walking 60 miles to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure! The 2011 walk is less than 4 months away and both my training and fundraising are in full swing. To date my team has raised close to $80,000!

I need your help to reach my personal fundraising goal of $2500 and my team goal of $50,000. I hope you will take this opportunity to visit my personal fundraising page to donate directly to me or visit the 3-Day website to learn more about the event. I encourage you to donate an amount that is personal to you – $10 for every family member you need to protect, $60 is $1 per mile I’ll walk, $63 to represent for your AMG, $125 years since Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile, $382 hp in your E550…or upgrade to $402 hp for 2012! Every dollar is appreciated!

If you have gotten valuable information from my site, if I have had the answer to a tough trivia question or if finding the cure to breast cancer is important to you – please donate! I would love to count BenzBlogger readers among my most generous donors!

Thanks in advance!

Jesse Cannon-Wallace

3-Day Walker 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

AutoWeek Reviews the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG!

“Out goes the familiar, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that has powered the E63 AMG since 2009. In comes the same twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 mill found in the CLS63, the S63 and the CL63 AMG.”

“The E63 was already among the fastest production sedans on sale in the U.S. market. With the switch to AMG’s latest engine, it not only gains a solid dose of added torque, but a further dimension in performance, with improved off-the-line acceleration, greater in-gear shove, more refined cruising traits and–as far as turbocharged powerplants go–a terrific baritone blare at full tilt.”

“With all of that torque concentrated so low in the range, you’re pretty much on top of it the moment you step away from the line. From there on, the performance builds in one linear surge all the way to redline. There’s no apparent turbo lag, and at pretty much any revs, in any gear, there is vast thrust. Speed builds quickly and, owing to the smoothness of the delivery, rather deceptively. “

“Those in the market for a rapid sedan will no doubt be tempted by the reworked E63. The changes AMG brought to its latest model make it a better everyday proposition while extending its haughty performance potential and providing it with impressive fuel economy when driven at posted limits.”

You can read the full review at the AutoWeek website.

Impact Story from Mercedes-Benz

I have posted about the Mercedes-Benz Impact videos before – people whose lives were saved by Mercedes-Benz safety and technology. This new video explains how Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake was able to prevent a collision without driver intervention. Amazing! Use this link to view the video at

Active Parking Assist in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550!

Two conveniently parked trade-ins inspired me to try out the new Active Parking Assist in our 2012 CLS550. An evolution of Mercedes-Benz parking systems, Active Parking Assist builds on Parktronic, which notifies you when you are close to another vehicle, and the Parking Assist system, which advises you of adequately sized parking spots and how to maneuver into them. Active Parking Assist will now find the spot, turn the wheel and let you know when it is done. All you have to do is click OK and handle the pedals. We must have tried it a dozen times today, approaching from both directions, and it parked us the exact same distance from the curb each time!

Atlanta Classic Cars Defensive Driving and Autocross – July 17th!

Atlanta Classic Cars will host the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Defensive Driving Course at the dealership on Sunday, July 17.  This event is open to the public to participate!

The Defensive Driving portion runs from 9am-12noon; Autocross runs from 1pm-4pm Participants provide thier own vehicle. The event is open to all licensed drivers and 15 year olds who have had their learner’s permit for more than 6 months.

A “certificate of completion” will be issued stating the participant completed 45 minutes of classroom instruction and completed defensive driving course exercises. You’ll need to check with your individual insurance company to see if this will help lower your premiums. 

 Registration is required as space is limited. To request a registration form please contact Paula Locke at The cost is $20 per registrant and lunch will be provided.

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