The Adventurous Reno Road Trip

The Adventurous Reno Road Trip

San Francisco Bay Area
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 6:00pm

On a beautiful March weekend, members of three Northern California Mercedes-Benz Clubs embarked upon a historic spectacular excursion to Reno Nevada; historic, because we are the first to have a joint meeting combining the three sections, spectacular, because of the special events! The theme as devised by John Goode was 4-Matics, since it is still snow season; but the weather was fabulous, and the members brought out not only SUVs but sedans and even one AMG GTR supercar!

The groups began on Friday in three venues, M-B of Walnut Creek, M-B of Sacramento, and a few M-B locals from Truckee. The main Bay Area groups rendezvoused for lunch in Sacto., then pit-stopped at the Donner Summit (including a photo-op at Donner Lake vista point.) The Reno El Dorado Resort & Casino was the final destination, where thirsts were quenched at the Brew Brothers Pub. And some brave souls went down to the slots and gaming tables … no reports of the results! After a hearty Saturday breakfast at Millies in the El Dorado, we met at the National Automobile Museum of Ren (Harrah's Collection), one of the top auto museums in the USA, where we enjoyed self-guided audio tours and plenty of selfies and photo ops. Everyone had a favorite car!

Our next excursion was the most awesome, a guided tour of the Nevada Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility. (Incidentally just adjacent to where the Reno Air Races are held annually). We were welcomed by Captain Zackary Taylor-Warren, who then gave us an exciting inside look at their operations, including close-ups of the Chinook helicopters (huge) which Cap't Taylor-Warren flies, and the mean-looking Blackhawks. (He had just returned from deployment in Iraq). His Reno National Guard outfit supports both the military, and Nevada and California fire-fighting efforts.

The Bay Area and Sacto. groups then met up with the Sierra Nevada M-B section for a wonderful Saturday evening Mexican dinner at Mi Casa Too, it was so great to get all three sections together! On Sunday morning some members met for a spectacular brunch at the Atlantis Casino Oyster Bar, while others returned home with great memories of the weekend. Heartfelt thanks to John Goode the SFBA president for conceiving, organizing, and leading this amazing event. Also, thanks to our Western Regional director, Lance Taylor-Warren for letting us “borrow” his son for the National Guard Tour. And to the Sierra-Nevada section for help arranging the Saturday night Mexican dinner. Stay tuned, there will be more wonderful M-B Northern California-Nevada adventures in 2021!