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Planning

Planning for StarFest 2012

StarFest 2012, the premier national event for members of the  Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) will be September 28th through October 3rd, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Accommodations

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa will be the center of activity for StarFest 2012.  Attractive rates and packages will be available for MBCA members to this 39-acre Hilton Waldorf Astoria Collection property.  Additionally, the same guaranteed reduced rate will be available for the days preceding and following the StarFest activities for those who wish to extend their stay in the Valley of the Sun.  “The Jewel of the Desert” also features lush gardens and eight glistening swimming pools, seven tennis courts, and a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center.  Adjacent to the grounds are two 18-hole PGA golf courses.  The StarFest 2012 promotional code for reservations will be activated soon.

Also see: Arizona Biltmore Resort

Activities

The Arizona Biltmore will play host to all StarFest activities, excepting Track Events.  Banquets, luncheons, and all ceremonies will be held in the resort’s ballroom.  The conference center will host technical sessions and seminars, as well as a Sponsor Expo. The StarFest Road Rallye will start and end at the resort, and will explore hidden and interesting gems throughout the Valley of the Sun.  Monday will feature the StarFest Golf Outing on the Arizona Biltmore’s championship course. A series of daily activities will also be available, including self-guided scenic tours; on-site spa, golf, tennis, and swimming; as well as local museum and shopping excursions. And don’t forget the resort’s croquet, bocce, and life-size lawn chess!


Concours d’Elegance

The two-day Mercedes-Benz Concours d’Elegance will be held on the Squaw Peak Lawn and Cottage Court of the Arizona Biltmore Resort, certain to be the most beautiful Concours venue in the history of the MBCA. Saturday morning features a full assortment of classic and contemporary Mercedes-Benz vehicles on display for judging in  fifteen categories. Sunday features the StarFest 2012 Media Day, with the Concours vehicles remaining on the lawn.  The venue will be open to the public with celebrity guests and interviewers, and there will be a series of seminars and exhibits on Concours presentation, vehicle restoration and preservation. Additional secured parking, detailing areas and on-site security will be available.

Track Activities

Firebird International Raceway will host our StarFest 2012 track events. Located just 25 minutes south of the Arizona Biltmore, Firebird is the home of the NHRA Arizona Nationals, powerboat racing, and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series. Three days of activities start with technical inspections, Defensive Driving clinics, and Auto-Cross events. Days two and three feature time trials on Firebird’s 1.6 mile main track, and acceleration runs using the same 1/4 mile drag-strip, Christmas Tree starter lights and electronic timing scoreboard that the NHRA events use – under the lights! There will be plenty of room for spectators in the stands, so be sure to include everyone.

Also see: Firebird International Raceway