Get Your Thrill On.

Various Track Events

Remember when you first took the wheel of your Mercedes-Benz? You crossed the threshold of a new driving experience. It changed how you approached driving altogether. Experience the thrill all over again at StarFest®2018.

Tracks

Tracks

Off Road Track

Off Road Track

Autocross

Autocross

Safe Driver - Safe Families

Safe Drivers - Safe Families

Tracks

Sunday, May 20 | 8 am - 5 pm | Barber Motorsports Park Proving Ground and Offroad Course

Sunday, May 20  |  8:30 am – 4 pm  |  Talladega Superspeedway

Monday, May 21  |  8 am – 5 pm  |  Barber Motorsports Park Road Course

 

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Road course is 2.38 miles, 17 turns and elevation changes of over 600 feet.

Performance Driving at Barber Motorsports Park

Have you ever dreamed about driving on the world famous Barber Motorsports Park? Dream no more. StarFest®2018 can bring your dream to reality.

Whether you’re a novice or experienced driver, StarFest®2018 offers several events that will provide an exhilarating, fun, and easy way to get you and your car on the Barber Motorsports Park track and proving grounds. Experienced instructors will ride with you to help you learn the skills to make this an unforgettably enjoyable experience.

StarFest®2018 wants to get you on the track! The track event is designed to accommodate all types of cars and different levels of driving experience. No matter where you are as a driver, StarFest®2018 will challenge you by meeting you at your skill level. This is educational - it is not a race for trophies.

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Barber Proving Ground

StarFest®2018 provides instruction in both the classroom and on the track, giving you the opportunity to improve your driving skills and increase the enjoyment of driving your Mercedes-Benz.

For those who don't have track experience, don’t fret. You'll be able to push the limits to feel the real performance of your Mercedes-Benz, too. This is not competition. There are no timed laps. Embrace the thrill of feeling how a Mercedes is supposed to be driven, with a skilled instructor at your side.

Your instructor will be rating your technical skills. You will receive an "Urkunde" (certificate) for a beautiful grille badge similar to the Silverstar award stating that you are a member of the "Sportfahrer Verein" (Sport Drivers' Association).


Autobahn Experience at Talladega Superspeedway

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

Time Acceleration Runs at Talladega Superspeedway

Participate in timed acceleration runs on the 3,700 foot back straight at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Autobahn Experience & Time Acceleration Runs are at Talladega Superspeedway | Talladega photos by Ron Swenson

For the Performance Driving Track events above you’ll need to be prepared with the following:

  • Auto Racing Helmet Snell (SA) 2010 or later
  • Long pants
  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • Have your car inspected by a qualified technician prior to the event
  • To experience a driving experience of a lifetime on the famous Barber Motorsports Park
  • High Performance Driver Education Form - Download
  • Liability Waiver Form - Download
  • Pre-Event Tech Inspection Form - Download
  • Final Tech Inspection Form - Download

Performance Driving Experience at Barber Motorsports Park

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

Autocross

Sunday, May 20  |  1 – 4:30 pm  |  Barber Motorsports Park Proving Ground

While speeds are generally no greater than those encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering leaves many drivers with their heart racing and hands trembling from adrenaline after a run.

This will be a shorter, tighter race track with a cool banked turn like the one in Stuttgard. You will also have instructors for this, and you will need your helmet. There is a lot of run-off area. Mercedes-Benz uses this track every Tuesday & Thursday.

StarFest®2018 uses rubber traffic cones to build a course to simulate hazards and barriers.  Autocross will advance your driving skill to a new level and learn how the performance of a Mercedes-Benz is meant to deliver.

There are many ways to autocross and the effort can be as easy or as intense as you want. Do you think you have what it takes to make it through a timed course the fastest?

Safe Drivers - Safe Families

Sunday, May 20  |  8:30 – 11:30 am  |  Barber Motorsports Park Proving Ground Track

Safe Drivers - Safe Families is a fun and easy way to learn how you and your car handle in real driving scenarios. As an educational program, you’ll feel how your car reacts as you learn the techniques to avoid unexpected driving scenarios. Coined as the program that actually saves lives, it will raise your adrenaline as it tests your driving limits at legal driving speeds.

We will also demonstrate the effects of distracted driving. This is a great event for new drivers as well as experienced drivers.

OFF-ROAD TEST TRACK

Sunday, May 20  |  8am – 4:30 pm  |  Barber Motorsports Park

Barber moto - Experience the highlight of maneuverability and handling of the GLE and GL SUVs over rough terrain on Barber's off-road test track. StarFest®2018 has a special treat for those who want to drive their Geländewagen, ML, GL, GLE< GLS< GLK, GLC, or GLA on Barber's new 7.3 mile off-road course. Skilled instructors will help you learn the skills to experience the enjoyment of what your Mercedes-Benz SUV is capable of.

Feel the exquisitely detailed and innovative luxury Mercedes-Benz SUVs that are built to conquer difficult off-road driving situations.

As you exit the off-road track there is a concrete water trough to clean your car before you climb a concrete staircase to dry it. This event continues to the forest roads of Talladega National Forest. Completion will reward you with an "urkunde" (certificate) for a "Geländefahrer Verein" (Off-road Drivers' Association) grille badge.

You don't need a Geländewagen for this: ML, GL, GLE, GLS, GLK & GLC are all very capable. We will have experienced off-road instructors to help you.