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Old 10th June 2004, 22:07   #1
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The AMG vs M Power fire in another board reminded me of my stint in a C32 AMG. Read on for the details

The C Class track day was an excellent marketing exercise by Mercedes benz, inviting people to come and rip apart specially prepared C's, with no sales pressure whatsoever.

I had a total of 12 laps that day. The first three were in a C240 Kompressor, and man I was pushed back to my seat with the sheer acceleration. I spent three laps getting familiarised with the cars behavior, handling and power delivery. The next three were in the mighty C320 and boy, did I burn some rubber all along!! I tried 1.5 laps with the "ESC" switched on and the car just would not lose traction - COME WHAT MAY! Then I put the computers off, and it was fun sliding the rear end out on almost each and every corner!!! My next three laps were in the C32 AMG, but before you dial my number and ask me to explain to you the experience over the phone........I didnt get to drive it :-( The AMG's were only for riding along with Mercedes's own drivers, but hey..........Everytime that guy cornered, I thought I am going to be a part of the wall!! 300 bhp in the hands of a skilled driver are really to be experienced yourself to know the feeling. The part that really amazed me was that even though he was ripping her up since 6 hours, there was still no hint whatsoever of brake fade.

My final three laps were in the wets, where this fool was trying his best to control the enthusiasm of the "budding" race drivers. He was literally banning those guys who drove real fast, so I saved my hot lap in the wets for my final lap of the day.........and man, you should have seen his face when he saw me sliding the C320 all around in the wets (I almost swapped ends on one hairpin). He came up to me to blackmark my C Class pass, but I just gave him some real piece of my mind and tons of attitude before walking away. He must still lose sleep over that....

All in all, one of my best automotive days ever...

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Where was this GTO??
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Old 10th June 2004, 22:39   #3
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Ah!! Old memories from the Formula-India days. Enjoyed reading it again.

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Old 10th June 2004, 22:44   #4
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This was in Boston, Shravan

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some people have all the luk
wow that was great.
wat was the max speed u touched
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Unforgetable experience man GTO
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Nothing like getting my memories refreshed the nth time

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a day full of drving great cars....for free! wow! thats one to remember for sure.
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Great Nostalgia pal . Could see those pics again and again

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looks like you had a ball, can we please have something like this here? manufacturers are you listening?
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Quote[/b] ]All in all, one of my best automotive days ever...
That was amazing experience GTO, I really want to drive an AMG one day... But I can only dream of doing it the way you did man (in the C320).
Anyway "ported_head" I am shouting with you too... ' manufacturers are you listening ' ?
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The highlight was that it was a race weekend, and Mercedes had all these marketing guys (who didnt even know how to spell Formula 1) in their Mclaren - Mercedes caps. You can imagine the look on their faces when a certain enthusiast came in a Schumacher cap to rip their babies on the track!

Speedsatya, the emphasis was more on handling than outright speed (for safety reasons). Thus the max I would have touched woule be 60 - 70 mph. But the AMG ride was faster.

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Old 11th June 2004, 23:10   #13
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GTO ...... DONT HAVE WORDS ..

all i can say is

WISH I CUD'VE BEEN THERE ..

behind the wheels of a beautiful merc AMG ....
ahhhh just thinking gives me heaven

man u sure have done some wheeltime
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