Friday, November 13, 2009

Mercedes Benz SLS and Laguna Seca

Although I still question the rear design of the car, I can't deny that I am very excited about taking a couple days off next week and being one of the first civilian in the United States to drive this vehicle at the famous Laguna Seca.

The plan is to drive down Monday morning with the girlfriend and enjoy all the beauty Monterey and Carmel have to offer -- minus all the weekend tourists.  After spending most of the day by the ocean, we will eventually drive back to the hotel where I will attend the reception.

What makes it even more special is I was signed up for a special day normally reserved for previous AMG Black Series owners.  My understanding is there will be less individuals during my "day with the SLS" as well as more individualized attention and track time.

Unfortunately, the journalists already got to the car this week before I ever got to set foot in Monterey.  Being an auto journalist does have it's privileges. Here is an interesting review from one of those journalists fortunate enough to experience the vehicle before I do. From the video the first thing I noticed was the intoxicating sound from the exhaust -- no doubt the M-B engineers spent plenty of time tuning the sound from those pipes.

I also won't deny that I am scared of the infamous "corkscrew". Hopefully I won't make a mess of the turn when my time comes.  Pay attention around 1:40 - 2:00 in the video below and you will see what I am talking about!

Below is the itinerary that was sent to me several weeks before the event:

PRE-EVENT RECEPTION: Monday, November 16, 2009
The Technical Briefing & Dinner Reception will include an important pre-program briefing with special guest Tommy Kendall.

We strongly encourage your attendance at the Technical Briefing and Dinner Reception as this is an integral part of the Academy curriculum and foundation for your track activities.

PROGRAM DETAILS: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 - AMG Driving Academy with SLS
Transportation will be arranged as part of your reservation from the Intercontinental Hotel to Laguna Seca Raceway the morning of your event date. A detailed schedule will be presented in your next program reminder a week out of your event date.

Dress in comfortable clothing and shoes that will not hinder you're driving. We recommend flat, thin-soled shoes such as driving shoes or sneakers. Sandals or open-toe shoes are not permitted.
Helmets will be provided; however, if you prefer, you may bring your own open-faced helmet. We do not require racing suits; therefore we do not provide them nor will you have to bring one.

I will be posting more pictures and writing my reviews when return, but until then, have a great weekend everyone!

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