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Happy New Year!

Bear

Rolling into the New Year like this laid back bear in a C63! Time for a little rest and relaxation before coming back for an exciting 2018!

Toys for Tots from the Mercedes-Benz Club of America!

Toys for tots atlanta

Thank you to the Peachtree Section of The Mercedes-Benz Club of America for sending all of the toys collected at your holiday luncheon back to Atlanta Classic Cars to fill our convertibles! What a generous group of Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts! It filled an entire C63 AMG. We’re going to have to break out the S-Class convertibles if this keeps up!

C63 cabriolet atlanta

Side note: I have been a member of the MBCA for a long time. Even if you just subscribe to get The Star Magazine it is well worth it! I was just notified that I need to renew. If you happen to join and use my member number I get a free month! *wink, wink

Use my Member Code and I get a free month! C119523

Jalopnik Review of the GT C Roadster and the 300SL

AMG GT C

The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is quite a looker! The proportions are amazing. It is both luxurious and sporty. The folding soft top is a marvel of efficiency and space savings. If I needed to drive a practical car as a daily driver, I would want this for the weekends!

GT C Roadster And Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Both Hail From A Golden Age

The photography in this article from Jalopnik really caught my eye. They were able to drive a GT C and a classic 300SL together and the similarities are so beautiful. Both of these cars look like artwork when parked.

Please do take a moment and admire the images. Read the article too! The insights into the driving dynamics of the two vehicles is very interesting:

“I had altered my standards of comfort to fit the car. Is that weird? Honestly, it’s because everything else is so staggeringly good that you simply don’t care about stupid things like comfort anymore.”

“I’d never driven a car that felt so unshakably capable. Even the thuds that sounded from closing its doors inspired confidence. The sheer strength of the engine, the force of its brakes and its tight suspension all shouted in my ear that there was little this car couldn’t do. This was what modern was supposed to be. This was what modern was supposed to feel like. ”

“Getting into the SL involved climbing over its formidable sills—wide, because of the Gullwing’s design, which came first. And because this was a car from the 1950s, there was nothing in the way of seat belts roll-over protection. That, at least, made the visibility incredible. ”

“That was the spookiest thing about the 300SL Roadster. It didn’t feel old at all. It was comfortable and agreeable. Totally daily drivable. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting something that felt comparable in quality to a car you could buy new today.”

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster at Atlanta Classic Cars!

*I misspoke in the video at one point. The GT R is only a coupe.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster came by for training today! This car is just beautiful. The proportions are perfect, the colors are exactly what I would pick for myself and it sounds as good as it looks! Unfortunately, this one is just visiting. We are lucky to have had two AMG training sessions this month alone!

So, what is a GT C? We have looked at the GT and GT S before. You certainly can’t have missed the GT R! The Beast of the Green Hell has been everywhere lately! The GT line-up now includes coupes and roadsters with various levels of power and appearance. The visual clues are easiest to see in the fenders and trim elements.

There are currently four versions of the GT available:

  • GT coupe and roadster – 469 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque. $112,000/$124,400
  • GT S coupe – adds power – 515 hp and 494 lb/ft of torque. $132,400
  • GT C coupe and roadster – adds power, wide body rear, rear-axle Steering – 550 hp and 502 lb/ft of torque. $145,000/$157,000
  • GT R coupe – adds power, wide body front, carbon fiber body work – 577 hp and 516 lb/ft of torque. $157,000

There is certainly no bad GT in the group! The deciding factors for most people would be looks or power. All four versions have hand-built one man, one engine V8s from Affalterbach. All four now feature the Panamericana grille. The roadster versions are power folding soft tops.

  • So, you want to drive it every day, put the top down but don’t need all that power =  GT roadster for you!
  • You like a weekend monster that the valet will park up front: GT R for you! (Magno matte green Hell of course!)
  • Daily driver with a kick: GT S coupe

See? It’s kind of a fun game to match your GT to your situation! I am sure there will be someone who daily drives the GT R but gernally that’s not how this game is played.

Rally North America in my C43 Cabriolet!

Road Rally America

For my driving vacation this year I participated in Rally North America – Rally Appalachia 2. This event is a essentially a three day scavenger hunt with 70 other teams. We started in Virginia and ended in Alabama. Each morning we lined up, received a list of checkpoints and bonus point opportunities and then hit the road! It was totally up to the teams which checkpoints and activities they saw each day. The rally raised money for Hope For the Warriors which is a charity that supports veterans and their families as they transition back into civilian life. The whole rally raised nearly $150,000 this year!

Rally North AmericaThere was a huge variety of vehicles participating in the rally. Team Grey market brought their gorgeous G320 and ran it on all the tracks! The GLS on the right was actually a rental car and they said it was excellent for this event! There were a lot of American Muscle cars, a few exotics and some classics like a Corvair and vintage Suburban! It was so fun to meet other vehicle enthusiasts and trade stories.

Deals GapAlong our route there were classic automotive must-dos like the Tail of the Dragon and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This rally is not a race. It is for points, not time, so speeding is discouraged but fun is not! My new C43 was a delight on the 318 turns of the Tail of the Dragon and the shady roads of the Blue Ridge parkway were great with the top down.

C43 sedan and cabrioletCoincidentally another team had also just picked up their new C43! Team Euro Trash arrived in this Brilliant Blue C43 sedan and we spent two days rallying together. They look good as a pair (and sound even better)!

road rally americaWe saw parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Extra points for Welcome to the State signs! Fun fact, if you turn around immediately you get the Welcome to the Other State sign too!

C43 VIRTrack time on two iconic American tracks was included with the rally. We did quite a few laps on Virginia International Raceway (behind the G-Class – check out my Instagram video) which is a curvy, twisty course. The last day we were able to do laps on the oval at Talladega Superspeedway! That banking is serious business. 130 was my top speed in the C43. I had the top town! Other participants reported hitting 150!

Overall it was wan excellent way to see the US, with other enthusiasts,  while raising money for charity. A win-win-win! Thanks Rally North America!

Mercedes talladega

The GT R Experience at MB World UK – Video

There are so many places around the world to enjoy a Mercedes-Benz with professional supervision!

I have personally attended the AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta and The Rock experience in Bremen, Germany.

Here is a great video of the GT R experience at MB World UK by my Instagram friend @rokenr. He even references me in the video!

New Models and Updates from Mercedes-Benz!

2018 is going to be a busy year for Mercedes-Benz! We have new models, new colors, new styling, and new engines! Just this week I have seen some new things arrive!

GLC300 coupe

Parking the GLC300 coupe next to the GLE43 coupe has really shown me the family resemblance! Just walking by them on the lot it is not immediately obvious which one is which. The GLC coupe has not been out for long and we are getting a lot of calls about it. This one happens to be Diamond White with the Espresso Brown interior and looks just great!

2018 GLA250

This transporter full of cars from Brunswick arrived with our first 2018 GLA45 AMG and the first Canyon Beige GLA250. Both are certainly striking in their own way! The GLA45 features the aero kit which looks awesome and a new Panamericana inspired lower fascia. Love those wheels!

Cardinal Red C43

This Mercedes-AMG C43 looks awesome in Cardinal Red Metallic and sounds as good as it looks! I can immediately tell it is a C43 rather than a C63 because of the grey brake calipers. As the models expand it is important that I can identify them from a quick glance! I hate to have to walk behind the car to figure it out!

Panamericana GTS

This 2018 Mercedes-AMG GTS arrived today! It is the first of the GTs to arrive with the new Panamericana grille. This vertically slatted grill was inspired by an historic race car and looks incredibly modern. It will be on all of the GT models this year – GT, GTS, GTC and GTR. Most people are currently associating it with the ‘Beast of the Green Hell” GTR and are surprised to see it on the other models.

Those are just the new things from this week! Stay tuned! I have a couple of special designo Edition SLs here, a GT roadster on the way and a redesigned S-Class just a few months away! So exciting!

Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet – Ready For Rally North America!

In a couple of weeks I will be taking my new 2017 C43 cabriolet on a road trip! I am participating in Rally North America which is a multi-state, scavenger hunt style rally that starts in Virginia and ends in Alabama.

My friend Ben Wayne makes excellent car videos and I thought this was a great opportunity to showcase both the C43 and Rally North America.

I am raising money for Hope for the Warriors as a part of Rally North America. This organization helps veterans reintegrate into the community. 100% of the funds raised goes to the charity. Chick here if you would like to donate!

I will be posting about the Rally on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can find me as BenzBlogger on all three platforms.

Enjoy the video!

Rally North America – My C43 AMG is Ready!

Rally North AmericaI spent the weekend getting my new Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet Rally Ready! I am Participating in the Rally North America – Rally Appalachia 2 July 10th-14th. It is a scavenger hunt style rally with 70 teams. It starts at the Virginia International Raceway and ends at Talladega in Alabama. Along the way we have checkpoints to hit, bonus points to find and scenery to see! It should be amazing!

C43 cabriolet

My race wrap was inspired by the C63 coupe Launch Edition that I affectionately called Bumblebee because of the yellow stripe, and a Lego GT that has been all over my Instagram recently. I ordered the Lego car and it should be here today! I can’t wait to assemble it! I wanted something that looked like a factory AMG but a little over the top for the rally.

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I chose the number 43 to reflect the C43, obviously. I also had my eye on 722 for Sir Sterling Moss if the 43 was taken. The matte black is subtle but photographs well. The other decals are metallic silver and a gloss yellow.

Hope for the Warriors

There is a fundraising component to the rally that benefits Hope For the Warriors, an organization which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

If you are interested in contributing there is a link on the left side of the page that will take you to my team fundraising page. Every little bit helps! Also, the higher up I am in the fundraising totals, the closer to the front I start in the rally!

Atlanta Classic Cars

Atlanta Classic Cars is sponsoring my team and I think the logo looks fantastic!

Look for updates on all of my Social Media Channels – YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – Benzblogger on all. Also, if you live between VIR and Talladega let me know! I will need hints to find all of the check points and bonus points!

Countdown – 1 month until the rally!

US AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta!

Road Atlanta AMG GTS

The AMG Driving Academy was at Road Atlanta this week. I was able to attend the BASIC training and I am now a certified Race Car driver! Ok, that might be a stretch but I did improve my skills and get to see a lot of amazing AMG vehicles!

Mercedes AMG at the track

The day consists of training modules designed to improve your skills as well as lots seat time doing hot laps in a variety of AMG vehicles. There was a wet skid pad to improve oversteer and understeer reactions. The not-yet-released Mercedes-AMG E63 was used in an ABS stopping exercise that will really make you appreciate how well the cars stop. A small autocross course used the CLA45 for a timed lap.

C63 AMG

There was also a huge stable of AMG vehicles on display! The GT-R, GT C roadster and the GLC63 were all at the track, despite being weeks from a US release date. That was very exciting for me! It’s a track day and a car show!

GTR Hell Green

I was able to do hot laps around Road Atlanta in the GTS coupe, E63 sedan, C43 sedan, C63 coupe and the SL63. Top speed on the back stretch was just north of 120 mph, which felt fast until I rode with the professionals. I did a few taxi rides in the GTS and a very fast lap in the SLS black series and I know we were a little over 140 mph!

Driving Academy

The AMG Driving Academy Instructors are awesome! They are both very skilled and very patient with my lack of skill. They can coach you to be being a better driver while still keeping the race line and gong 120 mph!

The AMG Driving Academy still has 2017 dates remaining at Leguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and Circuit of the Americas. If you purchased an AMG vehicle in the last 12 months you are entitled to a free BASIC training session. I highly recommend you take advantage of this perk! If you are thinking about an AMG or are a motorsports enthusiast, this event is for you! It is an incredible amount of driving time in a lot of very expensive AMG vehicles.

 

FAQs:

  • What car do I drive?

All of them! In 8 hours I drove 10 different cars ranging from the 4-cylinder CLA45 up to the new 603 horsepower E63. You will rotate out of all of the vehicles for the skills sections and for track laps.

  • Can I drive my car?

No! And you don’t want to! Track conditions are hard on your brakes and tires. Use the ones that AMG provides and feel good that your car stays safe on the sidelines!

  • Is it worth it?

Uh, yeah. Even as a dealership employee I never get a chance to drive these cars the way they are meant to be driven. Experiencing the acceleration, braking, cornering and poise of the AMG vehicles can only be done on the track. The combined value of the vehicles and the instruction is a value at twice the price!

  • How do I sign up?

Website. New AMG owners provide their VIN to use the credit.

Next year, I’m thinking Advanced Class at COTA!

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