Carolinas Section

Carolinas Section

Carolinas Event Calendar

Carolinas Event Calendar

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

August 7     NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Simulator Ride and gathering at Charlotte Beer Garden (Coordinated by Jane Martinez)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is filled with classic and present-day cars as well as interactive experiences, realistic racing simulators, highlights of your favorite drivers’ most electrifying moments and so much more. The history and passion of NASCAR comes alive through ever-evolving exhibits and stories from legends who embody NASCAR's most memorable moments. Get behind the wheel of an iRacing simulator on your favorite track or see if you have what it takes to make the team in our Pit Crew Challenge.

Our event is designed for the museum aficionado and the history buff. A one hour in depth tour provides a deeper experience at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as we explore the exhibits with our private guide(s). During the tour, you will hear the stories behind the cars, drivers and artifacts immortalized within the galleries. After the tour, you and your guests are encouraged to continue exploring their favorite areas of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

We will meet at 10:00 am at the Hall of Fame. The cost for the guided tour and admittance to the Hall of Fame for the entire day will be $28.  You can add on one racing simulator ride for $5.00 or unlimited simulator rides for the discounted rate of $9.50 when you register.  (The unlimited rides option costs $14.00 at the venue) 

At 1:00 we will gather at The Charlotte Beer Garden for some refreshments and lunch. If you only plan to attend the luncheon gathering, you still need to register to ensure we have sufficient room for all attendees.

If you still need more time to explore the Hall of Fame, you are able to re-enter the museum with your ticket from the morning if you wish.

More information regarding transportation options, parking and directions are provided at the registration link.

 

 

LINK:

You can still join us for lunch and refreshments at the Charlotte Beer Garden.

Email [email protected] to RSVP.

 

August 14   Mercedes-Benz Showcase at Shelton Vineyards (Presented by Tarheel Section)

 

We are excited to be gathering again, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones.  And where better than the Mercedes-Benz Showcase at Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, NC.  https://www.sheltonvineyards.com

There will be a Friday August 13 drive leaving the hotel around 10 AM that will take us up into the Yadkin Valley Wine Country and return us back by mid-afternoon, with a lunch stop-over somewhere along the route.

Friday night there will be an optional dinner at the Coach’s restaurant adjacent to the hotel. When you register your car, please indicate whether you will attend the dinner and how many in your party.

The main event will be the Saturday August 14 showcase of Mercedes on the Shelton Vineyards grounds from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Judging will again be done by the Shelton staff of their favorite 12 cars and a best of show.  Award recognition at 2:00 p.m.

We will also be offering Silver Star Preservation judging for Mercedes over 25 years old.  For information on Silver Star, see https://www.mbca.org/enthusiasts/silverStar

On Sunday August 15, there will be an MBCA Eastern Region Presidents Meeting for Section Presidents and Officials at the Hampton Inn in Dobson, NC.

Register for the event and select your preferred activities for each day at https://motorsportreg.com/

 

                 The Hampton Inn & Suites at 150 Charlestowne Drive, Dobson, North Carolina will be our host hotel. A block of                  rooms at a reduced rate of $133.00 plus taxes and fees has been arranged.  You need to call the hotel directly to get this rate; ask for the Mercedes-Benz Club rate. Phone 336-353-9400

                

 

 Register no later August 11, 2021

                       

Make hotel reservations directly with the Hampton Inn & Suites

at 336-353-9400

 

Fri - Sun     Grand Strand Tour at Litchfield Beach Weekend (Coordinated by John Hameline –

Sep 10-12    Ambassador for Myrtle Beach Area)

 

Our weekend will start with a visit to Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports (PALM) on Friday afternoon.  It is the only motorsports high school in the United States. We will then continue our event at the Litchfield Beach & Resort with a Welcome Reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the Courtyard. 

 

On Saturday, we will caravan with your favorite Mercedes-Benz (other brands will be allowed). We will drive through Pawley’s Island, have lunch in historic Georgetown, ride through the Plantersville Scenic Byway where many plantations existed years ago, and end in Murrell’s Inlet the seafood capital of the southeast. We may even be able to visit a plantation or two! Saturday evening will be on your own – or join some other members – to dine in one of the local restaurants or visit some of the wonderful areas in the Grand Strand.

 

On Sunday, our day starts with a ‘Pop-up Mercedes-Benz Showcase’ event in the renowned Brookgreen Gardens, a tour of the scenic gardens (included in registration fee) and brunch/lunch at the Austin Garden Restaurant (on your own). 

 

 

LINKS:

Register for the event here. Registration fee of $50 per person ends on August 9, 2021

 

Make your reservations now at the Litchfield Beach & Resort by calling (888) 734-8228

and mention the code "MBCA" to get our special rate!

Discounted rates at Litchfield Beach & Resort end on July 31, 2021

                       

Fri - Sun    Charleston Sunset Harbor Cruise and Cars on Kiawah (Coordinated by Michele Stine

Oct 15-17 

On Friday evening, we will go to downtown Charleston to enjoy the historical narrative provided by the Captain of the Charleston Belle on our scenic Sunset Harbor Cruise. The cost is $30.00 per person and will leave Charleston Waterfront at 5:30 pm, for a cruise from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. For those of you who do not want to hassle with parking at the harbor, a van will be available for roundtrip service from the hotel at an additional cost of $20.

On Saturday, October 16th, we will attend the 5th Annual Cars on Kiawah Car Show, at Ocean Park, Kiawah Island. Cars on Kiawah showcases the evolution of the automobile from the early 1900s through present day. Over 250 cars make up the display including everything from eye-catching Concours-level cars and sleek supercars to classic muscle cars and outrageous rat rods. You can also apply to show your car at the link below.

For those that do not wish to attend the Cars on Kiawah Showcase, the city of Charleston awaits you for a day of sightseeing, shopping, eating, or whatever else you would like to do.

We will end our day with dinner held at the Charleston Harbor Fish House, to enjoy a sample of the wonderful Lowcountry delights, as well as an amazing view at Patriots Point.  Please register as reservations are required for our group.

Rooms have been reserved for our group at the Hampton Inn on the water at Patriots Point (255 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, 843.881.330). The cost of the room will be $139.00 per night, ($160.00 including all taxes and fees). Hotel reservations must be made by September 15th.

 

 

If you have questions about the event, please contact Michele Stine at [email protected].

LINKS:

Register for Hotel no later than September 15, 2021

Register for the Activities by October 1, 2021

Application for Cars on Kiawah to show your car

                   

 

Mercedes Freude “ Joy of Everything Mercedes” - Hilton Head Concours and MBCA National Event

Join us at MBCA's newest National Event, Mercedes Freude, as we celebrate “The Joy of Everything Mercedes.” We look forward to safely being with members and attendees as we relish our passion.

Following are details of some of our planned Mercedes Freude activities.

 

Tue, Nov 2  Packet pickup for registrants will open at 9 am.  Attendees will gather in the evening during the

                        Welcome Reception featuring member camaraderie around light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. 

 

Wed, Nov 3 Do you want to attend an array of great Tech and Educational Sessions? A list of speakers is located at the registration website and updated as new speakers and topics are included.  For only $75 more, sign up for Primary Plus Registration (see below).

If attending the great Tech and Educational Sessions isn’t your “thing”, we will be offering activities and tours that you can sign up for soon or arrange on your own. Some of the activities will be Dolphin Watching Cruises, the Coastal Discovery Museum, and boutique shopping.  

 

Thu, Nov 4  The Robert Jepson, Jr. Car Collection tour is full. If you are interested in being put on a waiting list, CLICK HERE.

New Event! Butterfield Plantation Tour: Sixty lucky MBCA Members will be able to travel back in time from the Omni Hotel to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. You will be treated to interesting facts and visit historic locations. On the way to Butterfield Plantation, you will stop at points of interest, narrated by Butterfield’s owner and fellow MBCA member Chuck Campbell and Butterfield’s manager, Keith Smith. Once at Butterfield, Chuck will explain how this 1800 acre estate was established and its unique history from 1929 until the present.

Lunch will be provided at Butterfield as Chuck explains the current use of the estate. A few of his prized Mercedes-Benz Ponton collection will be on the grounds to see as well. Cost $30/person

Not going on the tours? Plan on a scenic drive and spending a day in Savannah, Georgia (special parking location for MBCA members). Or, take the ferry to the Savannah Riverfront. More information about registering for the ferry or signing up for the drive in your vehicle to Savannah will be provided soon.

 

Fri, Nov 5    Friday will be a day for driving around the Lowcountry in your favorite Mercedes-Benz (other marques will also be allowed).  For the competitive driver and navigator that want a challenge, join us at the TSD rally (Time-Speed-Distance).  A catered lunch will be provided to participants in the TSD rally for $15 each. TSD rally awards will be presented to the winners at the Friday evening banquet.

For those who want to enjoy the scenic area, a leisurely cruise will stop at some of the historical locations within the surrounding area.  A local historian will be at one of the stops to give a brief overview of the area’s history.  The caravan tour will culminate at the Fish Camp for lunch (on your own) in the historic waterfront setting.

Later in the day, a Cars & Cocktails will be held to show off our member’s Mercedes.  MBCA members will be voting for the People's Choice awards, which will be presented at the Final Banquet.

Mercedes Freude will conclude on Friday evening with a fabulous Banquet, which will include a Lowcountry Boil. A cash bar will be available and the awards for the TSD rally and Cars & Cocktails People's Choice will be presented.

Sat, Nov 6    Saturday evening’s wonderful BBQ Buffet, including buttermilk fried chicken, smoked brisket (18 hour smoked with Carolina and Kansas City BBQ sauce), and pork ribs (dry rubbed and slow smoked) will be held at the Omni for MBCA attendees and the other car clubs in the Legends of the Autobahn – East.  Enjoy a wonderful meal and mix and mingle with others to discuss the cars seen at the event on Saturday afternoon at the Port Royal Golf Course. Cost $75 per person.

 

 

PRIMARY REGISTRATION includes the Welcome Reception, TSD and Historic Rallies, scenic driving tours, Cars & Cocktails Show, and the Friday evening MBCA Banquet. Cost: $175/person.

PRIMARY PLUS REGISTRATION includes everything noted in the Primary Registration, plus the ability to attend the various Tech & Educational Sessions on Wednesday. Cost $250/person.

SPECIAL FAMILY ADD-ON – you can add on up to 2 additional people for one of the Friday drives, Friday night banquet, and Saturday night BBQ for $180 each – WITH A PRIMARY OR PRIMARY PLUS REGISTRATION. If you have already made your reservation and need to add on this special option for an additional family member, you must call the National Business Office of MBCA at 800-637-2360.

Additional activities around Hilton Head are available for Tuesday through Saturday.  Look for more information coming soon!

 

 

 

LINKS:

Register for Hotel

Register for the Activities

 

 

Fri – Sun     Holiday Weekend and Dinner in Columbia, SC (Coordinated by Jane Martinez)

Dec 3-5       

Join us for this year’s Holiday Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina. All of our activities will be centralized within a couple of blocks of downtown Columbia. Park your car once and you will be able to walk to all of our activities, restaurants, bars, as well as some boutique shopping in the area.

 

When you arrive on Friday, we will have a casual gathering that evening at The Joint @ 1710 Main, a Jazz and Tapas Bar near the hotel.  The Joint is crafted after traditional Jazz halls that were popular in the 1940’s. The venue provides a warm/rustic setting for everyone to enjoy their cuisine, craft cocktails and unequaled live jazz and blues entertainment.

 

On Saturday at 11:00 am, we have arranged a special guided tour of the Columbia Museum of Art. The Museum is rated 4.5 by TripAdvisor and is listed in the top ten things to do in Columbia.  It is described as an intimate museum with temporary exhibits and diverse collections within the permanent collections. After the tour you can enjoy the remainder of the day on your own in Columbia. 

 

We have reserved the entire Hampton Street Vineyard Restaurant for our Saturday evening dinner. Hampton Street Vineyard (HSV) has been Columbia’s premier destination for fine wine, outstanding food, and warm hospitality. The restaurant pays homage to its home in downtown Columbia’s historic Sylvan Building with French-inflected cuisine. HSV is the Recipient of the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.

 

The evening will start with a social hour at 5:30 pm, where we will be served canapes while you catch up with other members.  A cash bar with delicious drinks and wine choices will also be available. When we are seated for dinner, you will be able to select your courses off of the menu.  There will be a choice of two appetizers as starter, followed by your selection of three entrees. We will finish the meal with a choice of two desserts.

 

We were very fortunate to arrange a block of rooms set aside at the unique and highly rated 41 room boutique Hotel Trundle for $149.00 per night, plus taxes and fees.  Included with this rate is a complimentary locally crafted beer or glass of wine at check-in, and a select breakfast served daily. Hotel Trundle has been rated a 5 out of 5 by TripAdvisor. There is a $14 per day valet parking fee in their designated area. However, once you park, you shouldn’t have to go back to your car until you are ready to leave on Sunday morning.  Note: there is a cancellation fee for the hotel.

 

 

 

LINKS: Register for Hotel no later than October 19, 2021

             Register for the Event no later than November 20, 2021

 

The Board is already starting to plan events for 2022.  It’s time to get out and get active again.  Our cars are for driving, so let’s GO and have some FUN!