MBCA HudMo 2018 Upcoming Events Calendar
Here's what we're working on for our 2018 events: (check back for more confirmed dates)
- Sat. May 12, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Mercedes-Benz Club Tech Session at:
Keeler Motor Car
1111 Troy-Schenectady Rd - Latham
Rick Walker, Keeler's Mercedes-Benz service shop foreman, and his staff will answer your
questions and demonstrate the latest advances in Mercedes technology.
There will also be questions and answers to questions that you submit.
The sessions are always very informative and great fun!
Please send our President,
James Wright your questions ASAP, and if you will be attending.
- 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."
If planning or interested in attending, please contact Brett Kropf
and he and Debra are registered to attend the full event!
- Sat. Jun. 16 - 11:00 AM Rain or Shine
FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson NY
Bring the children/grandchildren!
There are several interactive and virtual displays for the youngsters, however this is not just an event geared to the young
as most visitors are adults unaccompanied by children. If you visit their web site at FASNYFireMuseum.com, you will find a wealth of information about the museum.
This event is organized by our Past President Ron Tanner. RSVP to Saundra Griffin by June 10 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are our plans for the visit:
- Meeting place: Golden Harvest Farm, Niverville NY (may also be listed as Kinderhook)
- Caravan to Fire Museum at 117 Henry Howard Ave, Hudson NY 12534
- One and half to two hour visit
- Brunch in downtown Hudson at the Red Dot on Warren St. (weather permitting we will do brunch in the garden)
- Child friendly activity and restaurant
- Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult
Admission for adult is $10.00, children between ages of 4 and 17 is $5.00 (children 3 or younger can not participate in all youth activities)
- Sun. Jul. 15 - 4:30 PM - 8ish
Polo Event at Saratoga Race Track
2 Bloomfield Rd, Greenfield Center NY 12833. More info to follow.
- Jul/Aug. __ - 5:30 PM
Leadfoot Lucy gathering likely at Kohl's Plaza, Central Ave, Colonie NY
Some sunny Wednesday in July or August will be announced via email on Monday of that week, weather dependent.
We've done it for the last 2 years and had a fun evening.
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 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at Saratoga Race Track
We are done by 10 AM, so you can still get to work after a great breakfast at Saratoga!
- Sun. Sep. 9
Family Picnic and Car Meet at John Boyd Thacher State Park
Please join us in September at beautiful John Boyd 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!
Here is a Wikipedia page on the Park
and some quoted content follows:
John Boyd Thacher State Park is a state park located 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Albany NY,
near Voorheesville, in Albany County on State Route 157. Located mostly atop the Helderberg Escarpment
[one of the best fossil-bearing formations in the US],
the park has several hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the Green Mountains in Vermont and the
Taconic Mountains of the Hudson Valley. The Indian Ladder Trail
[was used by the Mohawk Iroquois Indians to reach the trading post run by Henry Hudson].
There are over 12 miles of trails in the park including the famous Indian Ladder Trail.
- Sat. Sep. 22 - Starts 9:00 AM, with early evening dinner
2nd Annual Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally
Commemorating the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run following the historic 1903 route over the Catskill Mountains
to the Susquehanna River along a 75 mile course with six host/checkpoints, festivals and attractions.
We travel from the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper to Unadilla,
following one of the most beautiful drives in New York State.
The route follows the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway along the historic Ulster and
Delaware Turnpike and then finishes along the Catskill and Susquehanna Turnpike.
The road crests four hills over 2000 feet elevation along the way.
Your car should have good brakes and good power to run the Catskill Conquest.
As a MBCA-HudMo member, the entry fee is only $20 per car (non-refundable - rather than the individual car rate of $50)!
Numerous corporate sponsors including Hagerty Insurance, who has offered free roadside and flatbed towing coverage for all entrants,
so this is a great event to take your rarily driven classic Mercedes-Benz for a historic drive and to show your fellow club members!!
View the flier here,
and print & mail to register.
- Oct. 19-21
Fall Car Rally - Farberallye XCI
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!
This year's is Farberallye XCI, organized by the MBCA-Minuteman Section, and
starts with a Welcome Reception Friday night at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
in Hancock MA. They're planning a stop at Hemmings Motor News
as one of the weekend highlights. Extra special this year, is that the rallye will be a tri-section event including the
Northern New England Stars,
our Hudson-Mohawk Section, and the Minuteman Section!
Mark your calendar now, start practicing your rallye faces and they'll be communicating more details later!
- Sat. Dec. 1