Greater Washington

Greater Washington Section

Event Descriptions

Driving


Driver and Car Prerequisites
All cars must be in safe operating condition. For Performance Driving School, Time Trials, and Acceleration events, cars must have passed a pre-event inspection by a professional mechanic. The signed or stamped Pre-Event Technical Inspection form must be presented during the grid-tech inspection held prior to a Performance Driving School.

All cars must have at least $100,000 of liability insurance. All drivers must be at least 18 years of age and posess a valid drivers license.

Sharing a car is discouraged. Participants who want to share a car must coordinate with the event chair prior to the event.

To provide the greatest benefit, beginning and novice drivers participating in autocross or a track event should run on street tires.

With the exception of Defensive Driving, an approved helmet is required for driving events. MBCA recommends that drivers participating in Defensive Driving wear an approved helmet. Helmets must be Snell M2000 or SA2000 or Snell M2005 or SA2005 certified.

Accelleration

This event is normally run only as part of a national event, and particpants must have completed Defensive Driving.

This event consists of a timed run from a standing-start over a one-eighth to one-quarter mile distance. Only only one car...

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Autocross

This is a low-to-moderate-speed driving event. It consists of a course laid out on a parking lot or similar area. The course consists of a start garage, a stop garage, gates, turns, and straightaways marked by traffic cones serving as pylons. The...

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Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving is offered at all national events. Anyone planning to participate in Autocross, Performance Driving School, Acceleration, or Time Trials must complete this course or show proof of having completed the course within the previous...

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Performance Driving School

Conducted on a road course, this event consists of a mandatory classroom session followed by on-track driving sessions. Instructors ride with students during the driving sessions to teach track procedures and awareness; car control, braking, and...

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Time Trials

This event is normally run only as part of a national event, and particpants must have completed Defensive Driving and the Performance Driving School.

This is a timed event run on a road course – typically the same road course used in the...

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Concours & Rally


This event is normally run only as part of a national or regional event.

 

Sometimes called a gimmick rally, this event is run on public roads and participants are expected to obey all traffic laws while running the course.

Concours d'Elegance

This event is a showing of cars prepared and cleaned to appear as close to showroom condition as possible. Cars are classed in accordance with rules established by the National Events Committee. Cars entered in the Show and Street class...

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Rally

This event is normally run only as part of a national or regional event.

Sometimes called a gimmick rally, this event is run on public roads and participants are expected to obey all traffic laws while running the course.

Teams...

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Local Events


All of these events provide opportunities for owners to engage in activities designed to bring them in contact with other members in venues designed to enhance the pleasure of owning a Mercedes-Benz.

Do It Yourself (DIY)

Typically held at a local dealership or independent service facility, a DIY event gives owners a chance to work on their cars in a shop environment. Participants must provide their own tools and parts. In many cases, professional mechanics are on...

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Other Special Events

During the year, GWS hosts other special events such as the Deutsche Marque Concours (May), the Annual Picnic (July/August), a New Members Reception (December) and our Annual Holiday Party (January).

Add in eight autocrosses, teen/...

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Social Events

These range from get togethers like the GWS New Members Reception or Autocross Social to more organized activities. This category also includes tours to local (and sometimes not so local) attractions. Tours can conver multiple days and more than...

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