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Winterfahrt (Winter Drive)

Saturday, January 23, 2021 -
8:30am to 6:00pm
Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham - Irondale Campus
750 Mercedes Way
Jim Roberts

Winterfahrt (Winter Drive)

Saturday, 23 January


Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham – Irondale Campus

This is our traditional challenge to ol’ man winter

All Mercedes-Benz vehicles are designed to handle all types of weather.  We have been successfully doing this for 10 years.  This year we will take the scenic challenging routes to Cheaha State Park.  The roads are more challenging and fun than any in North Carolina.


On Saturday, 23 January at 8:30 am we will meet at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham to set off on our 12th consecutive challenge to the grip of winter which we have never had to cancel or postpone.

Our route will take us down Alabama 25 (The Copperhead), across Logan Martin Dam and up the serpentine Cheaha Road (unnumbered) through Talladega National Forest.  I count 187 turns in this 14 mile stretch vs. 216 in 12 miles for the famous “Tail of the Dragon” in TN/NC.  I get the same 180-190 turns for that run, so there must be some difference in opinion about what constitutes a turn.

The nice thing about Cheaha in winter is that your sight lines of the road are not obstructed as much by foliage.  The traffic is light, so the drive is exhilarating.

The state park extends from the base of the mountain over the summit.  In the park we begin the “Talladega Scenic Drive” which is built out similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway with multiple vistas of the forest below as it follows the crest of Horseblock Mountain.

We should have multiple places to have our picnic lunch.  Just bring warm clothes or eat in your car.

In case of snow on the mountain, there is an alternate route.

For safety, we recommend picnic lunches.  You should have only members of your household in the car with you.