Our “Driven” series highlights the several cars I was able to sample at IMPA’s Spring Brake 2009 event. These short takes are summaries of my driving impressions of the cars on the roads surrounding Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County, New York.Ã‚Â
Prior to Spring Brake, I knew this car was going to be present, but I was doubtful I would get a turn behind the wheel. With so many other cars available, I did not want to lose a lot of time standing in line for any particular car. Before the driving began, I was able to snap a few shots of the SLR. As the morning wore on, I could hear the bellow of the SLR’s V-8 as drivers accelerated hard on exiting a tight left turn after the park entrance. The car was always on the go. Always a wait.
Shortly after noon, I rolled into the lot driving an Infiniti G37S convertible. It was lunch time, and everyone had taken a break to eat. I grabbed a hot dog, and noticed the SLR was sitting alone, no one around it. Mercedes-Benz had about a half dozen young PR staff on site to help out and answer questions. They too were taking a breather. I, however, saw my opportunity to be first in line to get in the SLR.Ã‚Â