MBCA HudMo 2018 Upcoming Events Calendar
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MBCA 2018 Upcoming Event
- May 15~-22 2018 - StarFest 2018 in Alabama
First details are in The Star Jan-Feb 2017 pg 96 quoted here:
"The Alabama section will be hosting StarFest 2018
approximately May 16-22, 2018. We use the term "approximately" because
we know from the StarTech 2013 experience that all 300 participants wanted to have a detailed tour of the magnificent Mercedes-Benz U.S.
International factory near Birmingham. In 2016 we have hosted over 140 of our members on factory tours. This is the ultimate "tech
Even though four Alabama Section members have been trained as tour guides, and MBUSA has graciously agreed to let us use their stretched golf
carts, it still will take three to four days to provide our expected 400-600 participants with the expanded tours that we know our members
We will start placing those who register earliest on Friday tours. Then we will add Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday as necessary.
Don't despair, if you get a Tuesday tour. These take most of the morning or afternoon respectively. Since there is no StarTech for 2017,
we will have technical programs available at the hotel or the factory's training center for the days other than your tour.
The newly expanded Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
on the east side of Birmingham has the largest (1700) motorcycle collection and the largest
(65+) Lotus race car collection in the world. Their restoration facility with its robotic water jet cutting, CNC machining, and 3D printing can
make almost any part that is no longer available. This place is "worth a journey" as the Michelin Green Guide would say.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center
in nearby Huntsville, features the Apollo Missions to the moon which were developed here. Four of Alabama Section's
members were on Werner von Braun's team, and they assist with tours.
We will also have several rallye routes of our favorite mountain roads that start right at the hotel.
There is a very favorable rate of $111/ night for the Birmingham Hilton Perimeter South,
which is in a very nice area. We even get our own private parking area with car washing facilities.
Go to Hotel Registration
for this event.
In future, we will cover the Saturday concours around the Brand Immersion Center
the off-road course at Barber Motorsports Park
and the unimproved forest road drives for the wonderful SUV's.
All the ML, GL, GLE, and GLS in the world are built at MBUSI (YouTube video),
so this will be a homecoming for these vehicles.
There will be historic races featuring Mercedes-Benz on Sat-Sun. You can take your own Mercedes-Benz on the Barber track Monday with a skilled
instructor at your side. There will be no competition, but rather this will be educational. Autocross competition will be staged in part of the
There will also be an "Autobahn Experience" on the 33-degree banking of the Talladega Superspeedway.
Here we will utilize the long back straight for acceleration runs."