A road test of the renowned racing track showcased the venue’s exhilarating USP

Words: Lizzie Frainier

Event review The Summer Showcase at Mercedes Benz World 2017

Some people say that dog owners tend to look like their pets. And after a day at Mercedes-Benz World, I’d suggest the same holds for drivers, who reflect the characteristics of their cars.

The day was centred around driving experiences suited to teambuilding, or which can be added on to a day of meetings.

Event review The Summer Showcase at Mercedes Benz World 2017

First up was a super-sleek and speedy C63 with our driver, Elliot. He lost no time in informing my two colleagues and I that this wasn’t his usual day job – his main gig is as a stunt driver for films such as the Fast & Furious series. Elliot gave us a cheeky wink before whizzing us round the track. Much hydroplaning and many fast turns.

Next we went for an off-road ride with an ex-army chap in a GLE 250. ‘This could be a little bit bumpy,’ he warned. It certainly was, but his level-headed explanations about what we were doing kept us calm. 

Event review The Summer Showcase at Mercedes Benz World 2017

Then it was time for individual spins in a 300 SL, a racing car from the 1950s with gullwing doors where you can really smell the leather, petrol and horsepower. The driver fitted right in with this classy car, proclaiming, in a suitably posh accent, that he felt as if we were driving down to Goodwood.

Event review The Summer Showcase at Mercedes Benz World 2017

Elsewhere we were entertained by stilt-walkers wackily adorned in flowers and greenery, clever AstroTurf decorations and live string music courtesy of the Ember Trio. We lingered in the exhibition area with canapés and champers to watch a stunt display from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Sundowners on the AMG Suite’s terrace rounded things off nicely.

Copy this Bags of sweets clipped on to a washing line made a fun take-home dessert option

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This article was first published in SquareMeal Beyond 2017