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Hudson-Mohawk Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
  • Sat. Mar. 10 - 1:00 PM Canceled Mar. 2 due to a lack of RSVP responses
    - 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. Lunch format is separate lunch tabs, with selections chosen from the lunch menu. View the flier.
    RSVP by March 1.

  • Sun Mar. 25 - 1:00 PM - Cabin Fever II Luncheon (Albany) at:
    Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar,
    1620 Western Ave, Albany NY 12203.

    Come out for the cure to the winter blues!!! All HudMo Members, friends, and family are invited!
    RSVP by March 21 via email or call. View the flier.

  • 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 session."
    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 want.
    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. In future, we will cover the Saturday concours around the Brand Immersion Center (YouTube video), 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 large paddock.
    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."
    MBUSI GOAL - "Alabama's best, building nothing but the best".
    "The best or nothing at all." - Gottlieb Daimler - automobile engineer and inventor

    Brett & Debra Kropf attended. Their report "StarFest 2018 and beyond" is here.

  • Sun. Jul. 15 - 3:15 PM - 8ish Polo Event at Saratoga Race Track
    2 Bloomfield Rd, Greenfield Center NY 12833.
    Enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation with your fellow MBCA members and friends at the beautiful Polo Grounds of Saratoga.
    3:15 PM: Meet at Northway exit 15 McDonald's parking lot. Gather to cavalcade to the Polo Grounds together as a line of Mercedes-Benz. The gates open at 4:00, but to assure that we are parked together, we should arrive together. We will display our banner as a group.
    Cost: $30 per car - cost for the unreserved tailgating
    Details: It is a tailgating event. Bring chairs, food, beverages, anything you wish, and maybe some to share.
    Polo starts at 5:30, but the ponies and players are available to meet and greet before the match.
    RSVP by 5:00 P.M.Saturday, Please call Vickie Parker 518-456-3379 or email her at vparker2@nycap.rr.com to let her know if you are coming to will wait for you to join the cavalcade leaving from McDonald's.
    There is a Tailgating Contest sponsored by the Polo Grounds. Use your imagination and see if one of us can win. In previous years, cars have had Christmas themes where everyone was dressed as Santa, Baseball Themes, Horseracing Themes, etc. Let's see if we can come up with something fun and creative.
    HudMo will also be awarding our own prizes to our members.

  • 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! RSVP by 8/1/18 View the flier.

  • Wed. Aug. 15 - 6:00 PM Leadfoot Lucy gathering at Kohl's Plaza, Central Ave, Colonie NY
    It's time to spiff up those beautiful Mercedes and show them off at Lead Foot Lucy's car meet this Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00 till 8:00 at Kohl's Plaza, Central Avenue, Colonie. The weather is supposed to be warm and sunny, (no rain) and the display of cars is amazing from vintage to hot rods to new coupes. There have been over 100 cars at each meet with lots of car talk, raffles, and new and old friends. Come relax and show off your "ride." Look for the Mercedes sign for our club and bring a comfortable chair. Rain date, will be the following Wednesday, August 22.
    Contact Vickie Parker at Vparker2@nycap.rr.com to save a space for your car.

  • Labor Day Weekend Aug 30 - Sep 3 Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park
    Historic Festival 36 & Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, 2018 Now in its 36th year, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park has been a time-honored tradition since 1982. Enjoy vintage car racing at its best. Visit their web site for details. If you're planning on attending or have questions relating to this event, please contact our Director Herb Sodher at (518) 584-1878 or via email who is planning on attending.

  • Fri. Sep  7 Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen
    The featured highlight of the Festival is a tribute to the original Grand Prix races using the original 6.6 mile road course. The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute is designed to recreate the ambiance of the 1948-52 Watkins Glen street races. Visit their web site for details. If you're planning on attending or have questions relating to this event, please contact our Director Herb Sodher at (518) 584-1878 or via email who is planning on attending.

  • Sun. Sep. 9 Family Picnic and Car Meet at John Boyd Thacher State Park RSVP via Evite!
    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.
    A few photos from last year's event: (click any photo to open in a new window)
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  • 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!!
    More details are at the 1903AutoRun.com web site here. View the flier here, and print & mail to register.

  • Oct. 19-21 Fall Car Rally - Farberallye XLI (41st)
    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 XLI, organized by the MBCA-Minuteman Section, is held on the weekend of October 19 at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock MA. Also at Jiminy Peak are Hiking trails, Alpine super slide, and The Mountain Coaster to name a few. Come early and enjoy the resort. This year's rallye is a tri section event with our Hudson-Mohawk Section, Northern New England Stars, and hosted by the Minuteman Section. They are happy to have our Hudson-Mohawk section joining this year and at future Farberallyes. There will be a time and distance rallye, and quiz rallye. Prizes will be awarded for both. Plan which rallye you would like to participate in.
    Friday's reception (6 PM-9 PM) is hosted by Mercedes Benz of Springfield, served Hors d'oeuvre, Carving station, and Jimminy Peak's Welcome Special. You don't want to miss the reception, so arrive in time for it.
    Saturday is the rallye and banquet.
    Sunday at 10 AM will be a guided tour of Hancock Shaker Village.
    Rallye fee $110 per person. Includes two full breakfast, Banquet meal, and rallye cost. The Buffet includes Hendricks Stuffed Chicken and Sliced Top Round Beef. Resort reservations can be made individually with the hotel reservations department on or before Sep 19 2018. In order to receive the contracted group rate, telephone callers must request their reservation be made in the MBCA Farberallye XLI room block. King bed rooms and Condos are available.
    View the flier and registration form.

  • Sat. Dec. 1 Holiday Party at: Treviso Restaurant by Mallozzi's at the Italian American Community Center,
    257 Washington Ave Ext, Albany NY 12205

    Photos, Awards, Raffles!
    Cash Bar Cocktail Hour commencing at 6:00, Dinner at 7:00 - $50 per person
    Appetizers: cheese and fruit display, italian cured meats, italian relishes and specialties, garden crudite, breads and crackers.
    Entree: selection from Chicken Caprese, Fresh Salmon Filet, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Eggplant Parmigiana. Served with Chef Inspired Accompaniments.
    Dessert: Apple Crisp with Vanilla Gelato
    Cafe Station: Coffee with flavored Syrups, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Shavings, Rock Candy & Pirouline Cookies
    RSVP and Register by Nov 20.
    Those wishing to avoid a late night return trip in possibly inclement weather can stay the night nearby. Affordable nearby rooms are available at $99.00 at the Tru Hotel by Hilton on the Western Ave side of Crossgates Mall parking lot. A hotel shuttle to and from party can be arranged.
    Contact Emily Cuda at Emily.Cuda@Hilton.com or (518) 704-4041 by November 13.
    You can download the HudMo Holiday Dinner 2018 Flyer & Registration Form here.

This page last updated at 02:21:50 EDT on April 21, 2019.
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