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Mercedes-Benz M-Class Road Rally (Baltimore, MD)
Posted By Jim On 06/11/2005 @ 3:49 pm In Cars | 3 Comments
A week ago I signed up for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class Road Rally that took place this morning and I must say, it was a lot of fun. It was like many “test-drive without salespeople” showcases where you get to drive around a bunch of their cars, unsupervised, without the pressure of buying a car on their test track. I don’t know if the rally was simply under-advertised or if the interest was simply not very high, but the number of people attending was pretty low. If you’re interested, they’re still taking signups at their website and there is an extensive list of cities which they will visit.
My girlfriend and I took turns driving each of the cars except the ML500 (the showcase car) and hardly waited in any of the lines. It was fun jamming down the petal on the straight away and then slamming on the brakes to “test the ABS” and we found that screeching the tires was hard on SUVs and the C230, but easy as pie on the E500. There was a brief slalom course, a fake deer in headlights turn, some curves, and a bumpy road surface. The E500 handled like a dream and I put all three hundred and two horses to work on the straight away. It’s not every day you get to abuse a $58,000 luxury “European performance sedan” and not have someone flip out and scream at you. All in all, it was a ton of fun…
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