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Mercedes AMG GT Black Series Prototype Sounds Vicious At The 'Ring

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When a Mercedes-AMG representative revealed the brand had a special guest for the car parade that precedes the 2016 Nurburgring 24 Hours race, I figured we’d soon see a legendary Mercedes racer or other automotive celebrity, but the reality was more fun, as was watching the AMG folks cram the huge guest into the passenger seat of a 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63. In my first trip to the Nurburgring, I’ve been delighted and surprised, learning about why the 24-hour race is so famous, attracting an estimated 200,000 spectators with many barbecuing and camping out above many turns on the track. So if you’re interested in Mercedes-AMG, the Haribo bear, or the Nurburgring, keep reading for first-hand impressions from Germany.


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The Haribo Surprise

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As AMG-badged cars participating in the pre-race car parade waited for the go-ahead to drive at same speeds on the track, out from behind an Mercedes-Benz Vito (Metris in the U.S.) appeared the Haribo bear, a mascot of the maker of popular gummy bears. Fitting the bear into the passenger seat of a bright red,  refreshed 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63 proved quite difficult, but eventually, members of the “Haribo Racing Team-AMG” managed. Even though the bear’s head peeked well over the from windshield, a safety belt was fastened, and throughout the entire experience the bear never stopped smiling.

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