- Oct. 13-15
Farberallye XLV in Johnstown NY for all MBCA Members and Guests
Organized this year by HudMo with George Moses and Lew Decker being point people.
Each year, in the Fall, the Northern New England Star, Minuteman, or Hudson_Mohawk sections of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
hosts Farberallye, the annual rally and driving tour through the Great Northeast's and New England's spectacular fall colors.
This year, it's the 45th — a milestone!
(You may have seen a previous announcement where "home base" and the rally's start and finish point were to be the Gideon Putman hotel in Saratoga, however due to unavailability of sufficient rooms at the Gideon or other hotels in Saratoga at a less than exorbitant price the venue has changed.)
The new location of Farberallye XLV will be at the Holiday Inn, 308 N Cormrie Ave, Johnstown NY.
With this revision, the rally course will change, but it will still take you through the beautiful scenery
of the lower Adirondack region which should be in peak color season.
The rally will have both a brain-teasing quiz contest about things you will see along the route and a precision
time and distance contest. The course should take no more than 3 hours including the 1/2 hour allotted break time.
All should be back at the Holiday Inn by 3:30.
On Friday evening, 5-8 PM, we'll have a "meet and greet" reception at an event room at the Holiday with hors d'oeuvres and a private cash bar to kick off the rallye. (Afterwards if a full meal is desired the Holiday has dining facilities or you may head to restaurants nearby.)
A hot breakfast buffet will be available Sat. morning starting at 7 AM at the event room followed by the driver's meeting at 9:00. Then the first car will be off on the course by 10:00 AM - box lunches in hand.
Saturday evening features an awards banquet that will recognize the winners in both categories, and a give everyone a chance to chat about our cars and the day's fun that we had in them. The event room will be set for the dinner with a cash bar opening at 5 PM followed by a hearty buffet dinner at 7 PM after which we'll have raffles and the awards presentations.
Sunday morning is at your leisure. A buffet breakfast will be available 7-9 AM. We'll have an informal car show and group photos at 9:00 in our designated parking area where we'll say our goodbyes and "see ya next year".
New Addition to the event:
For those interested, Lew Decker has arranged a special guided tour for our group at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site on
Sunday Oct 15, 10:30 AM. The Site was the home of Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), his Indian wife Molly Brant and eight children.
Sir William was an Irish pioneer who became the influential British Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Province of New York.
Cost will be $5 pp payable "at the door" and the site is located about 1 1/2 miles from the hotel. It's an opportunity not to be missed for a view of colonial America!
More info is available here.
The Holiday Inn is offering a group rate of $135 + taxes. To book a room, call the hotel direct at (518) 762-4686.
The room block is good until September 15. Mention you are a MBCA member attending the rally event for the $135 rate. See details on the registration form. Book your room soon!
You will also need to sign up for the rallye event itself, and all the other activities and meals.
Download the rallye registration form and instructions here.
The whole idea is to enjoy yourself and have fun while sharing a rally experience with old and new Mercedes enthusiast friends. So, please join us for the 45th running of this outstanding event in the crisp air and the beautiful colors of Autumn.
Join us for an always fun annual event:
Farberallye, our Drive in the Colour!
For answers to any questions please contact:
Lew Decker - Rally Master - Phone: (518) 774-9037 or
George Moses - Phone: (518) 736 2207
There will be many more activities scheduled throughout the year.
All members are asked to give Jim Wright a text suggesting what you would like to have added to the list.
Please check back for 2023 events.