2017 Chicago Auto Show

2017 Chicago Auto Show

Three Rivers
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
Chicago
Illinois

Welcome to the Chicago Auto Show! Marked an enormous globe hanging in the front entry of McCormick Place. New car smell was in the air and so was the excitement of thousands of spectators. Manufacturers of foreign and domestic shined up their models to have them on display for the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto show. Three Rivers Section was there to take it all in. We had to start with the best of the best! We headed to the Mercedes Benz area. We checked out all the new models, features, & tried a few on for size. It was fun sitting in all the parked Mercedes Benz, but it was more fun to ride in them. Mercedes Benz had an interactive display set up for the G Wagen. They had several G550’s that were displaying its capabilities. The G550 powered by a 416 HP 4.0 Liter Biturbo V8 engine. They start the climb on the steel rack and the front right tire actually comes off the ground but the G550 is able to continue on its way. They drive up to a 42 degree angle and they stop to show that the brakes are able to hold the G550 safely in place. The driver resumes the ride explaining that 450lb feet of torque which will “launch” us to the top! The G550 is now at the very top and the track starts to tip to a downward position of 42 degrees to continue our ride back down. On the way back down the driver cranks up the Harmon Kardon sound system & releases the brakes for a quick drop & a little more excitement. The G550 was originally designed as a military vehicle and needed to be able to accomplish all these feats without the use of extra computers and sensors. The G550 has become a more popular and pricey SUV for the main stream public. I wore one of my club shirts and the man at registration table called us V.I.P.’s Little did he know how right he was. National Treasurer, Three Rivers Section President & Treasurer. He did a great job interacting with the riders and made it an enjoyable wait to get our chance to ride the MBMOUNTAIN!

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