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serves New York's Mohawk/Hudson Valley. A bit of our history.



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(Return to upcoming Events)   2019 Events Archive

Hudson-Mohawk Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
  • Sun. Mar. 3 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM Cabin Fever Party at O'Toole's Restaurant Pub,
    1814 Central Ave, Albany NY 12205.

  • Sun. Mar. 17 - 6:30 - 9:30 PM Temptations and the Four Tops at Proctors theater,
    432 State St, Schenectady NY 12305.
    Join the Mercedes Benz Club Fund Raiser Event
    7:00 PM performance - Ticket price $55 per person Orchestra Seating.

  • Sat. Apr. 6, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Mercedes-Benz Club Tech Session at:
    Keeler Motor Car 1111 Troy-Schenectady Rd - Latham

    Come join other members and see the new technologies for the care and maintainance of your car.
    Friends, family, and non members are welcome.
    Keeler's Rick Walker wrote: "We will have access to some new vehicles to explore. We will attempt to have some interesting components and processes to go over. We can also talk about new features and functions on the horizon."

  • Sat Apr. 27 - 10:00 AM - 3~ PM - Jim Taylor's Garage and Lunch at Lanzi on the Lake
    1751 State Hwy 30, Mayfield NY 12117.

    The Hudson-Mohawk section of the MBCA has planned a fantastic spring event in the foothills of the Adirondack Park. The main feature is tour of Jim Taylor's "Garage". This is a tour of one of the premier private collections of classic automobiles in the Americas. It rivals that of Mr. J. Leno. Many of the cars having an interesting provenance such as Les Mans racers, an Aston Martin purchased from Eric Clapton and Evel Knievel's Harley road bike. In addition to the 80 plus cars on display, there is plenty of automobile and rock and roll memorabilia to view.
    Following the tour we'll gather for lunch at Lanzi's on the Lake in Mayfield, NY, We have reserved a private lake view dining room for the group and we'll order separately off their menu. After lunch we'll have an optional drive around Sacandaga Lake. This will be a good chance for those who have just pulled their MB's out of hibernation for a warm up exercise for this year's Rally. Participants need not circle the entire lake since there are several cut offs to the Northway, Saratoga, and NY 30.
    Cost: Cost for the tour is a $10 per person as a donation to the Saratoga Auto Museum - SAM. Mr. Taylor is an avid supporter of SAM and often lends them cars for display.
    Starting Location: Jim Taylor's garage is located in Gloversville NY, just off route 30A. To respect Mr. Taylor's privacy and garage security, the exact address will be given only to those who register.
    Attendance is limited: Garage capacity is limited to 32 persons; therefore attendance is limited to MBCA members with spouse or 1 guest. Reservations will be made on a 1st come 1st served basis. Pre-payment of the SAM donation is required to cement your reservation.
    Basic Schedule:
    - 10:00 AM - Meet in Gloversville, NY at the garage parking lot 10:00 AM.
    - 10:30 AM - The two hour tour starts 10:30 sharp.
    -  1:00 PM we're off to Lanzi's for lunch, a 6.5 mile drive north.
    -  3:30 PM - assemble in Lanzi's parking lot for the optional 'round the Lake drive ending at Russo's Adirondack Grill at the intersection of NY Routes 29 and 30. There'll be points of interest to see on the way and early turn off back home is permitted, but only with a note from your parents, kids, doctor or mechanic.
    George will track attendance limit, collect SAM donations, provide exact location of Jim Taylor's Garage or simply provide additional information on the day's activities. George can also provide local inexpensive hotel info to those coming from afar.
    Summary: Jim Taylor's Garage is a must see for car aficionados even though he has only one Mercedes — what else but a 300SL roadster! There are cars to see that you probably have only read about like a Jag D type, or perhaps only remember like the 21 window VW bus. Ever Seen a 1931 Cadillac V 12? Ever seen a Bugatti, or a real 429 AC Cobra?
    This event will also be a good time for our section to get together and discuss this year's events during lunch and a great opportunity to exercise our cars coming out of winter storage. It may be even warm enough for tops down! View the flier.
    P.S. Well, it wasn't warm enough for tops down, in fact it snow flurried! But a few of us did drive around Great Sacandaga Lake, and we all had a fantastic time with our host Jim, and even enjoyed a great lunch with him at Lanzi's!

  • Sun Aug. 4 - 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Summer Picnic at Lanzi on the Lake
    1751 State Hwy 30, Mayfield NY 12117

    Bring your family and friends to Lanzi's on the Lake on Sunday, August 4, 2019 (Lunch at 12:30 PM)
    Buffet Lunch offered at $20 per person
    Includes veg's, dip, and cheese with crackers. Followed by Salad with Bread Sticks, Grilled Chicken Breast, Vodka Rigatoni, Sausage, Peppers, Onions, Italian Potatoes, and Mixed Vegetables. Coffee included. Includes tax and gratuity.
    View the details and registration form here.
    A few photos from Summer Picnic at Lanzi on the Lake: (click any photo to open in a new window)

  • Wed. Aug. 14 - 6:00 PM Leadfoot Lucy gathering at Kohl's Plaza, Central Ave, Colonie NY
    Rescheduled due to forecast of rain
    Bring your ride, a chair or two, and look for our MBCA banner. Park with us and visit with other car enthusiasts of all makes and models. There are usually about 100 cars, both vintage and new. It's free and there is a drawing for prizes plus a 5/50 raffle. IF showers are predicted for the evening of the 7th, watch the weather. We may make it before it rains. Cruise-in ends about 8:30
    View the flier.

  • Sat Aug. 24 - Newburgh Air Show with the Blue Angels AND the 9 jet Royal Air Force Red Arrows on their US Tour!
    We watched the Soaring Jets and Aerial Feats at NY International Air Show at NY Stewart Int'l Airport

    View the flier. We were treated like VIP Royalty by the Airport's Operations Manager... our MBCA-HudMo member Oscar H.!
    (standing with a phone - far left in the first photo by SUV #1. THANK YOU Oscar!!!)
    Photos from the Newburgh Air Show: (click any photo to open in a separate window)




  • Fri-Mon Aug 23-26 - August Track Event In Our Region – Northeast Region Event
    An event is planned for the weekend of August 23-26 (Friday through Monday) at Thompson Motor Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut by the safety and performance driving committees that will include safety instruction (The Club's Safe Drivers/Safe Families program). Both slow and fast speed track time for members and their invited guests, including some autocross driving competition for all at lower speeds.
    Come for one day or all 4.
    Connecticut is a 'short' drive for most of our region.
    This is a joint effort with the Lotus Club, and should make for an interesting weekend with lots to see and do in the nearby area as well. The Autocross, Performance Driving Experience and the Performance Driving are all done on the track, shared with Lotus Club and other cars. Other performance cars are welcome to attend.
    Our hotel base is the Publick House, in Sturbridge MA, a historic inn with great modern accommodations. Make your reservations early, as this is the high season for Sturbridge, MA.
    The event is being organized by two Directors at Large, Ernie Fancy and Jim Roberts, with help and support from both Bill Fisher (Mid Atlantic Regional Director) and Drew Webb (Northeast Regional Director).
    They plan to have several non-driving activities as well, an awards banquet, and there will be a call for a few volunteers to help run the event.
    Initial fees are:
    • Performance Driving: $300 for one day
    • Performance Driving Experience: $100 (Drive track at highway speeds)
    • Autocross: about $60
    • Safe Driver - Safe Family Program: $20
    Link to the event web site http://www.neregion-mbca.com/
    Bill Fisher, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
    The best or nothing

  • Labor Day Weekend Aug 29 - Sep 2 Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park
    Historic Festival 37 & Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, 2019 Now in its 37th 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  6 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.

  • Sat Sep. 21 - 2019 Catskill Conquest
    3rd Annual Rally! - View updates at 1903autorun.com/

    A few photos from 2019 Catskill Conquest rally: (click any photo to open in a new window)

  • Fri-Sun Oct. 4-6 Fall Car Rally - Farberallye XLII (42st)
    Lake George NY and the Adirondacks

    Annual weekend and driving tour in the fall colors, with competitions (Time/Distance and Quiz categories), Awards and Banquet.
    Joint event with MBCA-Minuteman Section and Northern New England Stars.
    This year marks the 42nd annual Farberallye, and our Fall event loosely translated in German as "rally in the color" will be a little different than usual. The Hudson-Mohawk section is proud to host this year's event. We hope this opens up some new areas for the New England and Minuteman sections to enjoy. The rally will be based in beautiful Lake George NY at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center on the lake front. This spectacular resort has many amenities including a Olympic size outdoor pool, exercise and sauna facilities, whirlpool spa, and of course close to downtown and near the famous store outlets. Also Fort William Henry is located next door if you enjoy early history of the French and Indian wars.
    Friday evening will be the arrival reception in the Veranda room with appetizers. Saturday morning after breakfast the fun begins with a drivers meeting. There will be handouts of the routes with two types of competition that day, time and distance and, the rally quiz type (looking for clues). You will travel through some of the best scenery that the Adirondacks have to offer. Saturday evening there will be the dinner and awards banquet for all to enjoy. We can share the day's adventure while we present the trophies. Sunday morning is up to your leisure. With an informal car show and group photos as a mementos, we say our goodbyes', there are many interesting sites locally to visit, if interested, while others may simply start for home. For those so inclined, there are always the shopping outlets at Lake George, which make a good stop on the way home!
    The whole idea is to enjoy yourself and have fun while sharing the rally weekend experience with our Mercedes friends.
    Rooms have been set aside for our members. When you call the hotel make sure you mention you are reserving as a MBCA member for the rally. The phone number is (518) 668-3081 or toll free 800-234-0267. The package price for the rooms is based on what room type you prefer. Each reservation package includes service charges and tips. There are three room types at various levels of costs, so it should fit any budget.
    Double occupancy (per person): Grand Hotel - $334.70 / Premium Bldg - $254.90 / and Standard West $243.80. Further details of the room choices and hotel amenities and spa can be seen on the hotel website: www.FortWilliamHenry.com/
    All these rates include the Saturday morning breakfast, and the Awards Banquet dinner Saturday. There will be a cash bar at the arrival reception and at the Awards Banquet.
    Download the registration and information form below, and send it in with your check to register for the event. Then, call the hotel at the numbers above to reserve your room package, mention the Mercedes Benz Club to get our special rate, and you're set! But, don't wait too long - this is a popular event in a popular area, and the hotel will fill up fast!
    Be sure not to miss this one-of-a-kind event in the Adirondacks, complete with touring, contests, awards and banquet, all in one of the most beautiful areas of the country!
    Full details and Registration form are on the official web page here.
    A few photos from Farberallye XLII: (click any photo to open in a new window)

    The first Farberallye was conducted by the then named Granite State Section and its Farberallye was coined from the German word Farbe, meaning color, to reflect the fall foliage. Participation was fantastic with at least 60 attending from 7 states plus Ontario. 27 cars entered the 110.9 mile rally along Lake George and into the Adirondack Mtns. A wide variety of M-B models were represented, from a 1953 220 sedan (pictured) to a 2019 SL 450.

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