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Submitted by Goode4me on Mon, 2021-09-06 11:09
Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 - 09:00am to Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 - 02:00pm

Der 5. September war ein herrlicher Tag für die Mercedes-Fahrt, obwohl es etwas heiß war.  Since we are driving German Mercedes cars, I thought I would begin in German.  However, for those who are language challenged, here it is in English: “The 5th of September was a splendid day for the Mercedes drive, although it was rather hot.”  The drive was superbly organized by Philippe Do Carmo, who drove his magnificent 1967 250S Mercedes, similar to the one I once owned.  Forty persons and four dogs came in thirty automobiles, most of which were Mercedes, ranging from the 250 S to a C63S AMG Twin Turbo and lots in between including my CLK55 AMG.  Even so, we were joined by several non-Mercedes autos, which included a beautifully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a couple of hot Corvettes, and, lo and behold, a Lamborghini Gallardo.  Philippe’s tour took us through Danville and the backcountry of the East Bay to Pleasanton over some very hilly and windy bucolic roads, before making a stop midpoint at Las Positas College for a group photo.  Fortunately, we were all provided with driving instructions complete with mileage.  This was very important as many of us were stopped by red lights on the way and the leaders were no longer visible.  From the college, we proceeded to Pleasanton where Philippe introduced us to an excellent Japanese restaurant for lunch and a marvelous patisserie for coffee and their special pastries afterward.  It was a fun day with great participation. -by David Meinhardt