MBCA HudMo 2018 Upcoming Events Calendar
Here's what we're working on for our 2018 events: (check back soon for confirmed dates)
- Mar. 10 - 1:00 PM
- Cabin Fever Luncheon (Poughkeepsie) at:
Shadows On The Hudson,
176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie NY 12601.
Join us for a delightful lunch and comradery on Saturday March 10th at 1:00 PM.
We will be gathering at Shadows
On The Hudson for what has become our annual lunch get together.
Werner Stiegler is our host.Please
send Werner an email or call him at (845) 227-7426 and let him
know how many you plan to bring so Shadows can reserve your seats.
This again will be a great event to bring your fellow Benz owners who are not
yet MBCA-HudMo members.
Lunch format is separate lunch tabs, with selections chosen from the lunch menu.
- Mar. __
- Cabin Fever Luncheon (Albany)
- Sat. Apr. __
- Mercedes-Benz Club Tech Session at:
Keeler Motor Car
1111 Troy-Schenectady Rd - Latham
- 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."
- Jun. 16
Albany Firefighters Museum
Bring the children/grandchildren!
- Jul. __
Polo Event at Saratoga Race Track
- Jul/Aug. __
Leadfoot Lucy gathering likely at
Kohl's Plaza, Central Ave, Albany NY
It will be a beautiful night to shine up your Benz to show it off, talk to other car enthusiasts,
and see 50 to 150 classic cars at the weekly event. HUDMO members will gather at 5:30 - 6:00 PM or later by our MBCA banner
to enjoy a relaxing summer evening of cars and camaraderie. Meet new friends or bring some of your own. It's all good.
- Wed. Aug. 8
Breakfast at Saratoga Race Track
We are done by 10 AM, so you can still get to work after a great breakfast at Saratoga!
- Sep. __
Family Picnic and Car Meet at John Boyd Thacher State Park
Please join us in September at beautiful Thacher Park outside of Albany for a family picnic and car meet. Bring family and friends!
The 2017 Picnic here may well have been our best event ever!
The area features spectacular views of the Capital District!
- Oct. __
Fall Car Rally
The Rally is a friendly competition where participating cars leave a starting point individually being directed to follow a
specific route (respecting all Speed Limits, and representing our club well) to a predetermined finish point.... At which point everyone "Rallies".
Everyone is encouraged to drive slowly since the rally will be a nice drive through the country, over scenic back roads while
searching for answers to a number of questions along the way. Bring your camera!
Each participating car should have at minimum of a driver and a navigator. Friends and family are welcome to participate,
and 2 or 3 navigators have been known to make an even more fun adventure!
A Rain or Shine event during the colorful Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Season!
- Sat. Dec. 1
Holiday Party at:
Century House Conference Center,
997 New Loudon Road, Latham NY
Those wishing to avoid a late night return trip in possibly inclement weather can stay the night.