Where I grew up, it basically snowed everyday all winter. Cleveland gets its fair share of Lake Effect snow and after a while it all just becomes routine. Eventually, you figure out how to drive in bad weather. We would get two feet of snow and no one would care, it would just be a bit of a hassle. Being in New York City for the past twelve years has meant that my hard-earned Northeast Ohio winter driving skills have languished in a world with mass transit and very little snow. It’s disappointing because I actually came to enjoy driving in bad weather.
Then one day Mercedes-Benz called and said that they wanted me to go out to Wyoming and test out 4MATIC, their all-wheel drive system on a really nice CLS550. Really? Me? Umm yeah, oaky, I can help you guys out.
Part of me wondered if they knew I grew up in a place where driving around in crappy weather was one of the only fun things to do? Maybe that is why they needed my help? No, none of this was true, it was just a media thing. Not a problem though, I can head out to Jackson Hole thereby taking driving around in inclement weather to new heights. Then it hit me, I had become a person that flies across the country to drive expensive cars in the snow. Life had become very odd, and also very awesome.
Upon arrival in snowy Wyoming I learned very quickly that Mercedes-Benz’s four wheel drive system is that it is unlike anything I grew up driving. There’s actually no need for winter driving skills with 4MATIC. It was sort of a disappointing realization until I came to the conclusion that Mercs are a helluva lot of fun to regardless, especially in Wyoming. Though the overwhelming skill of 4MATIC was still defeating in a way because there’s virtually nothing you can do (within reason) to get this car to lose control. That’s not to say it can’t lose control, you still have to be careful because it can certainly happen, but the Mercedes 4Matic system is by far the most advanced all wheel drive system I have ever piloted. It was difficult assignment, but someone had to do it. Pictures from the adventure below.
While I don’t have a 4MATIC to drive everyday, I still need those winter driving skills. Though one day, maybe I will hang them up in exchange for one of these fine German automobiles.
Below, the Amangani resort. That place is not terrible. To repeat, it is not at all terrible. Unlike any hotel I have ever been to in fact.