Winterfahrt 2020

Winterfahrt 2020

Alabama
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 8:30am
Birmingham
Alabama

Winterfahrt 2020

 

It seems like such a short time ago.  In January of 2010 the leadership of the multimark “Polar Bear Run” decided that the light snow earlier in the week and the predicted 23˚ F high discouraged the British cars.  A quick call to our MBCA members who was President of the local chapter of the Porsche Club confirmed that both clubs were still game along with whomever of the other European clubs wanted to join us.

As it turned out, MBUSI’s new President, Markus Schӓfer joined us.  He was replacing Ola Kӓllenius who is now CEO of Daimler, AG.

We encountered only a few small patches of ice or snow.  All 40 cars made the trip, and a new tradition was born.  Over time the Brits opted out, and the event grew to 80+ cars.  This was a bit unwieldy, so the Porsche Club started having a drive on a different date.

This year we had about 30 on a blustery rainy day.  While some of us like to drive any time, we always have several new and first time participants.  This year was no exception as we tackled the sinuous Sicard Hollow “Copperhead”, and the roads through the Cahaba Wildlife Management area.

Along the way we paused at the 1852 Brierfield Furnace.  This was destroyed in March 1865 by Union forces and is now a state park.

We also visited the new $1.6 billion expansion of Mercedes-Benz US International as well as the visitor center of the current factories.  Mercedes-Benz has now invested almost $7 billion in Alabama with 8,400 people working in the MBUSI factory every day and another 15,000 for the suppliers in the area.

The group speed picked up significantly on I-20/59 as we headed for our delicious lunch in a private room of the historic Bright Star restaurant in Bessemer.

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