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Old 08-24-2009, 06:19 PM
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AMG Driving Academy

Mercedes-Benz is hosting an AMG Driving Academy that will be held in Palm Beach (FL), Lime Rock (CT), and Laguna Seca (CA). For more information including registration, an online brochure, FAQ, course details, the vehicles, and pricing information visit https://www.amgacademy.com or call Academy Hotline at 1-800-217-9868.

What is this event all about?
The U.S. expansion of the international AMG Driving Academy, founded by AMG in Affalterbach, begins this fall. Get behind the wheel of several of the latest AMG vehicles and experience a pulse-pounding, fast paced driver training program. Learn from professional racers and driving instructors on the country's premier racetracks and gain memories that you'll cherish and skills that will serve you for a lifetime.
You can choose from one-day Stage I program, a two-day advanced Stage II program, and an exclusive SLS program, offering the chance for track time in the all-new 2011 SLS AMG. The AMG Driving Academy is offered at three premier racetracks: Laguna Seca Raceway(CA), Lime Rock Park (CT) and Palm Beach International Raceway (FL).
When and where will these events take place?
Lime Rock Park (Lime Rock, CT)
Stage I Program: September 10, 11, 12
Stage II Program: September 14-15

Palm Beach International Raceway (Jupiter, FL)
Stage I Program: September 23, 24, 25
Stage II Program: September 26 - 27

Laguna SECA Raceway (Monterey Peninsula, CA)
Stage I Program: November 13
Stage I SLS Program: November 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Stage II Program: November 7-8

For more details check out their webpage!
http://www.amgacademy.com/

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Hopefully, many will take advntage of this great opportunity.
I just got back from Lime Rock this past weekend - what a beautiful place!!!!! If you live in the Northeast, you would be crazy to miss this event.
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Just signed up for 1 day program. Anyone else? We should make a list of ppl on this board who's going.
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2k for a one day event is a little overboard... I go to limerock with a club for 300 bucks a day.
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Just signed up for 1 day program. Anyone else? We should make a list of ppl on this board who's going.
Hey i just signed up for the 1 day program on Sept 10th. What day are you going on. Anyone else doing the Sept 10th 1 day program? Maybe we could caravan up there
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2k for a one day event is a little overboard... I go to limerock with a club for 300 bucks a day.
I did the Skip Barber "Advanced car control" program at Limerock. That was $1000 for 1/2 day. Car stuff is expensive!
As the saying goes, "gotta pay to play"!!!!
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Hey i just signed up for the 1 day program on Sept 10th. What day are you going on. Anyone else doing the Sept 10th 1 day program? Maybe we could caravan up there
Sorry I'm going on the 12th...it's the only day I can do it. I was thinking about caravan up as well but havn't had much luck
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I've driven Lime Rock and been around the track with the Skip Barber folks as well. It's a sweet, curvy course. Last year they added an addition bend on the backside of the track.

The challenge is to see if you can break 120 mph on the front straight.
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I wish I could afford to go to CT for one day, but damn $1800 is a bit too much to burn that fast
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Just got back from amg academy. Awesome time. Cars are incredible.
They had a 2010 E63 and itis alot better than the 04 thru 09 amg e class. I couldnt believe how different it felt. totally different car.
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Just got back from a very wet track day. Overall very well run, we were treated like VIPs from beginning to end, people were extremely friendly. Got to drive 4 cars: C63, SLK 63, SL 63, and the new E 63. Thought the C63 had the best balance in power and handling, E63 is surprisingly good, but you certainly feel its weight. Didn't care much for the SL...kinda softly sprung and small (with a helmet), and the SLK 63 is VERY snappy requiring a lot of skills to drive fast. Of course, the track monster easily belongs to the CLK BS, simply effortless as a lead instructor car. Probably only used half its potential all day.

Thought the instructors were very nice, but felt that they were treating us like VIP clients instead of students...could've used more detailed teaching/advice. Standing outside watching us practice rather than sitting next to us didn't help.

So a lot of fun, over-the-top service (gift bags, helmet loaners, awesome tech support), but still a bit lacking in down-to-earth driving advice, especially for a newbie like me who desperately need some.
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Just got back from a very wet track day. Overall very well run, we were treated like VIPs from beginning to end, people were extremely friendly. Got to drive 4 cars: C63, SLK 63, SL 63, and the new E 63. Thought the C63 had the best balance in power and handling, E63 is surprisingly good, but you certainly feel its weight. Didn't care much for the SL...kinda softly sprung and small (with a helmet), and the SLK 63 is VERY snappy requiring a lot of skills to drive fast. Of course, the track monster easily belongs to the CLK BS, simply effortless as a lead instructor car. Probably only used half its potential all day.

Thought the instructors were very nice, but felt that they were treating us like VIP clients instead of students...could've used more detailed teaching/advice. Standing outside watching us practice rather than sitting next to us didn't help.

So a lot of fun, over-the-top service (gift bags, helmet loaners, awesome tech support), but still a bit lacking in down-to-earth driving advice, especially for a newbie like me who desperately need some.
I agree with your above opinion. It was dry the day i went. Alot of fun.,
By the way we got a chance to drive the black series
it wasnt faster in a strait line but the grip on that car and the brakes are beyond comparison to any other amg model. Car is amazing on a race track.

Last thing. The SLK is a 55 not a 63. huge difference. Almost 150hp difference.
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I agree with your above opinion. It was dry the day i went. Alot of fun.,
By the way we got a chance to drive the black series
it wasnt faster in a strait line but the grip on that car and the brakes are beyond comparison to any other amg model. Car is amazing on a race track.

Last thing. The SLK is a 55 not a 63. huge difference. Almost 150hp difference.
Sorry...you're right, it's 55. I stand corrected. Still quite a snappy one though.

And no pics from me...it was raining pretty much the whole day, and I was too busy getting tossed up like a potato in the passenger seat half the time
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Did they have the IWC special edition AMG watch as a trophy to the fastest driver at autocross or they don't do it any more?
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They had a helmet as a 1st price. very nice actually.
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They had a helmet as a 1st price. very nice actually.
What kind of helmet, Mercedes AMG?
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Hopefully, many will take advntage of this great opportunity.
I just got back from Lime Rock this past weekend - what a beautiful place!!!!! If you live in the Northeast, you would be crazy to miss this event.
What is the cost breakdown? I'm dying to go. I called the 1-800 number, and they said my call can't be completed at this time. What's up with that?

Anyway, I just bought a 2007 CLK63 AMG, and I havent even gotten it yet, but would love to attend. I'n in Mass, so I'd hit it up at Limerock. Please shoot me some price info, and a number I can call to get in on this. I'd love to meet some of my fellow New England AMG owners. This is WAY COOL!!!
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