SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

StarFest©2018

There is something for everyone. Browse below to find a number of events that is sure to provide an experience of a lifetime.

General Schedule

Event Date Day
     

HOTEL - Hilton Perimeter Park South ($111/day)

Note: you must call the hotel directly at 205-967-2700 to get this rate.

May 14-21, 2018 Monday-Monday
     
RALLYE - Scenic Roads, museums, and restaurants May 14-21, 2018 Monday-Monday

Technical Seminars/Sessions

Note: all these seminars will take place at the MBUSI Alabama Training Center where all tours originate. All of the A-V equipment there is at no charge. Morning seminars are 9-11 am CDT. Afternoon sessions are 1-4 pm.

May 16-19

Wednesday - Friday

TOUR - MBUSI (6 Tours - 3 morning /3 afternoon)

150 participants / Day

May 14-18, 2018 Monday-Thursday
     
Welcome Reception - Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum May 17, 2018 Thursday - 6 to 10
Mercedes-Benz Birmingham Reception May 18, 2018 Friday - 6:30 to 8:30
Concours Awards Reception - Hotel May 19, 2018 Saturday - 6 to 10
     
CONCOURS - MBUSI Brand Immersion Center May 19, 2018 Saturday - 8 to 3
Box Lunch (1/Car - Others $20 Purchase) May 19, 2018 Saturday - 11:00
Concours Banquet - Hotel May 19, 2018 Saturday - 6 to 10
     
AUTOBAHN Experience - Talladega May 20, 2018 Sunday - AM
ACCELERATION Runs - Talladega May 20, 2018 Sunday - PM
Safe Driver/Families (DD) - Talladega May 20, 2018 Sunday - AM
AUTOCROSS - Talladega Forest Roads - Talladega National Forest May 20, 2018 Sunday - PM
OFF-ROAD Event - Talladega Superspeedway (continuing into Talladega National Forrest) May 20, 2018 Sunday - AM/PM - 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Driving Awards Reception - Hotel May 20, 2018 Sunday - 6 to 9
     
PERFORMANCE Driving - Barber Road Course May 21, 2018 Monday - 7 to 4
PERFORMANCE Driving Experience - Barber Road Course May 21, 2018 Monday - 7 to 4
Farewell / Sport Fagrer (Sports Driver) & Gelände Fahrer (Offroad Driver)  - Hotel May 21, 2018 Monday - 6 to 9

Web Registration Address: msreg.com/starfest2018

Note: All registration questions should be directed to Donna Kalinkiewicz at dmktimes2@att.net

See StarFest®2018 Venues

Click through the days of the week directly above to see a full schedule per day and more information for various events.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Time Event
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6:30 pm Registration
Note: Tech sessions are in the MBUSI Training Center adjacent to the Brand Immersion Center
8:15 - 11 am

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 8am for the morning tours.

11 am - 1 pm

Lunch (Attendees will pay for their own lunch)

12 pm - 3:45

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 12 noon for the afternoon tours.

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time Event
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6:30 pm Registration
8:15 - 11 am

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 8am for the morning tours.

11 am - 1 pm

Lunch at MBUSI (Attendees will pay for their own lunch)

12 pm - 4:15

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 12 noon for the afternoon tours.

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time Event
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6:30 pm Registration
8:15 - 11 am

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 8am for the morning tours.

9 - 11 am

Tech Session One

Graham Robson - You have read Graham’s current and continuing series on Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facilities in The Star. While researching the Mercedes-Benz International Factory in Alabama he has graciously agreed to conduct seminars on the history of the company back to and before 1886 as well as another on Mercedes-Benz racing history which goes back to the first formally organized automobile race in 1894. Benz started on the pole and Daimler powered cars won the race. It gets better from there.

11 am - 1 pm Lunch at MBUSI (Attendees will pay for their own lunch)
12 pm - 4:15

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 12 noon for the afternoon tours.

1 - 4 pm

Tech Session Two

Graham Robson - You have read Graham’s current and continuing series on Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facilities in The Star. While researching the Mercedes-Benz International Factory in Alabama he has graciously agreed to conduct seminars on the history of the company back to and before 1886 as well as another on Mercedes-Benz racing history which goes back to the first formally organized automobile race in 1894. Benz started on the pole and Daimler powered cars won the race. It gets better from there.

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes

Thursday, May 17, 2018

TimeEvent
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6:30 pm Registration
8:15 - 11 am

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 8am for the morning tours.

9 - 11 amTech Session Three

One of MBCA’s tech gurus, Pierre Hedary and perennial road warrior and concours winner Keith Morgan have volunteered to fill in for MBCA concours chair Pete Lesler in teaching the MBCA Judging School through the entire day on Thursday. Afternoon sessions will include practical examinations of cars in the training center’s climate-controlled garage. Attendance will certify you as an MBCA concours judge.

Note: We will need you to register for this, since we will be supplying lunch.

11 am - 1 pm Lunch (Attendees will pay for their own lunch)
12 pm - 4:15

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 12 noon for the afternoon tours.

8 am - 4:30 pmRallyes
1 - 4 pm

Tech Session Four

Hagerty Insurance will be presenting a program on Collector Car Insurance. You may be surprised on how this can help you retain your treasured Mercedes-Benz should it be damaged.

6 pm - 10:00 pmWelcome Reception - Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Speakers from MBUSI, MBUSA, or Daimler, AG.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Time Event
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6:30 pm Registration
8-11 am

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 8am for the morning tours.

9 - 11 am

Tech Session Five

Danny Brewer from My Mercedes Place in Atlanta will present a lady’s (and gentleman’s) guide on how cars work using the beautiful full-size cutaways in the Training Center’s climate controlled garage. This will allow you to see the mysterious things under the hood and under the bodywork. Danny is great at making the things move, stop, and control the car understandable to owners, so they can communicate more accurately with the skilled technicians who service, repair, or modify your treasured Mercedes-Benz.

In another seminar Pierre Hedary will go over what you need to look for when you see a car you would like on E-Bay©, Bring-a-trailer©. etc

12pm – 4pm

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) Factory Tours

MBUSI is the world production location of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, GLS SUV, & the C-Class for the North American market. StarFest®2018 attendees will receive an exclusive factory tour to witness the process that contributes to the quality manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz products in a way that is safe, efficient, and predictable.

Note: participants need to be at the Brand Immersion Center at the factory at 12 noon for the afternoon tours.

1 - 4 pm

Tech Session Six

Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham’s diagnostic technician, David “Klink” Kalinkiewicz will give an outline of Mercedes-Benz design and areas you need to be concerned about or not. David is very patient and respectful of those who are not “gearheads” or “techies”, but he can also go into detail with those who are. He has a total recall of every M-B from the 70’s to the present. His presentations are always informative, interesting, and humerous.

6 - 10 pm

Reception - Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham (dealership)

Champion Coach Nick Saban, owner

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time Event
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6 pm Registration
9 am - 2 pm

Concours d’Elegance and Silver Star Certification at the Brand Immersion Center at Mercedes-Benz US International Factory

Blending the history, heritage, and splendor from Mercedes-Benz Club of America proudest traditions – Mercedes-Benz, motorsports, and camaraderie. Take in the beauty of classic cars nestled in the perfect setting of the Brand Immersion Center.

11:30 am - 1 pm Lunch (Lunch can be purchased when registering for StarFest®2018)
6 – 10 pm

Dinner Banquet and Concours Awards Program

Speakers from MBUSI, MBUSA, or Daimler, AG

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TimeEvent
8 - 9 am & 5 - 6 pm Registration
8 am Autobahn Experience – Laps of Talladega Superspeedways 33 degree banking
1pm - 4 pm

Safe Drivers - Safe Families at Barber Motorsports Park Proving Ground

A defensive driver safety course can reduce risk and keep you safer on the road. You will learn the techniques, in real-time, that will keep you safe. Autocross (through traffic cones) helps you learn car control skills. This is a prerequisite for Performance Driving.

8:30 am – 12 pm

Autobahn Experience at Talladega Superspeedway

Experience paced laps on a 2.66 mile 33 degree banked oval track at Talladega Superspeedway.

1 pm – 4 pm

Autocross at Talladega Superspeedway

Take your driving skills to the next level and test your concentration and precision maneuvering through a heart racing autocross course.

11 am - 1 pm Lunch (Attendees will pay for their own lunch)
1 pm - 4 pm

Timed Acceleration Runs at Talladega Superspeedway

Participate in timed acceleration runs on the 3,700 foot pit road at Talladega Superspeedway. 

8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Off-Road Event at Talladega Superspeedway

Starfest 2018 has a special treat for those who want to drive their Geländewagen, ML, GL, GLE and GLS off-road. Skilled instructors will help you learn the skills to experience the enjoyment of what your Mercedes-Benz SUV is capable of.

This event is only for M, GL, GLE, GLS, and G-Class. Experience the highlight of maneuverability and handling of these vehicles with experienced off-road instructors over rough terrain on extreme tracks in the Talladega National Forest. Feel the exquisitely detailed and innovative luxury Mercedes-Benz SUVs that are built to conquer difficult off-road driving situations.

We will start at the Hilton Perimeter Hotel in Birmingham to the Talladega Superspeedway. The participants can drive 5 laps on the Superspeedway with their own vehicles. This event continues to the forest roads of Talladega National Forest where you will drive your own vehicles. This off-road activity is partially very extreme and challenging. For these parts, we provide 4 vehicles (1 GLE and 1 GLS with off-road package and 2 G-Class) driven by experienced instructors. These instructors will explain to you how to use the off-road package of the GLE/GLS and the low gear and 3 differential locks of the G-Class. The event will end at the beautiful Cheaha State Park with the highest elevation in Alabama.

At the evening reception, drivers completing the activity will earn an "Urkunde" (certificate) for the "Geländefahrer Verein" (Off-road Drivers' Association) grille badge similar to the MBCA Silver Star badges.

8 am - 4:30 pm

Rallyes

5 - 6 pm Cocktail Hour
6 - 10 pm

Dinner Banquet and Awards Program

Speakers: David Kalinkiewicz & Ed Boyles fastest NY to LA drive ever (28 hrs). See the CL55 & S55 they used and learn how they did it.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TimeEvent
8 am – 9 amRegistration
8 am - 5 pm

Performance Driving at Barber Motorsports Park - Indy car / F-1 track

Put your car on the Barber Motorsports Park and experience the 17 turns and elevation changes like a shorter Nürburgring. When you master Barber, you can drive any track well.

8 am - 5 pm

Performance Driving Experience at Barber Motorsports Park - Indy car / F-1 track

Have you ever thought about how much fun it would be to drive your Mercedes-Benz on a race course, but not at its maximum performance? Perhaps like you would want to drive your favorite twisty roads without fear of oncoming traffic, side roads, or police.

You like the idea of this, but you are hesitant to take the first step. We know there are many people like you, so we have developed a new program that we are calling " Performance Driving Experience ".

You will have the same required didactic 2 classroom sessions that the novice and intermediate full Performance Driving students have. The difference is the on-track experience: you will still drive your car and have an instructor, but in one session you will ride with the instructor in his/her car or yours at US highway speeds (i.e. about 70 mph on the straight) with cornering limited to about 7/10ths of the cars’ capability. In the second track session, you drive and the instructor coaches you. This is quick enough to be fun, but leaves a large safety margin without stressing the tires, brakes, or suspension.

The cost is only $100, and you don’t need a comprehensive technical inspection or even a helmet, as we are only going highway speeds.

A bit of advice:

  1. Increase tire pressures at least 5psi over what M-B recommends.
  2. This experience may be habit forming! In fact, most who participant in PDEX will want to participate in the next full performance driving school. Don’t worry we are already scheduling next years.

For more information contact:
Jim Roberts - jertoothsaver@besllouth.net
Or Mason Beale - masonbeale@msn.com

8 am - 4:30 pm Rallyes
5 - 6 pm Cocktail Hour
6 - 10 pm

Farewell Dinner Banquet and Awards Program

MBCA Speakers