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NEW G-CLASS BY MERCEDES-BENZ

ARTFUL ACCENTS FOR THE HOME

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SHINING STARS: AUDI’S S5 SPORTBACK & CABRIOLET

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COLUMNS OWNER’S MANUAL | 10 STATEMENTS | 14 HOME | 20 TECH REPORT | 26 WATER | 30 EXPERIENCE | 32 INDULGE | 38 IN THE CIRCLE | 72 IN THE NEWS | 74 IN THE KNOW | 82 NUMBERS | 84 BENZEL-SELECT | 86

FEATURES G-CLASS REDEFINED | 44 Mercedes-Benz revamped its coveted G-Class series with a wider body, a high-powered engine and unsurpassed amenities. The results are sleeker than ever.

TAKE A TRIP TO THE PAST… AND THE FUTURE | 52 If you’re a luxury-auto enthusiast, visiting Germany should be at the top of your bucket list. Tour the Audi museum in Ingolstadt and the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, and you’ll come away with a new appreciation of the past, present and future of each of these beloved marques.

AUDI S5 SPORTBACK AND CABRIOLET | 58 Zip around town in the S5 Sportback or ride top down in the S5 Cabriolet. Our auto expert Dom Miliano gives you an insider’s look into the interior and exterior amenities and the standout specs of each stunning model. Once you’ve been briefed, pick your poison and enjoy the ride!

ICELAND ENCHANTMENT | 66 Be transported to one of today’s most popular travel destinations. From top eateries and premier hotels to pristine landscapes, this all-encompassing travel guide will help you curate your next trip to the Land of Fire and Ice.

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INSIDE SPRING 2018


THE OWNER’S MANUAL

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elcome back to Highways of Benzel-Busch, where we continue to share the very best in luxury living, travel, technology and, of course, automobiles. Change is and always has been the buzzword of the automobile industry. Today, it is being effected by several factors, including advances in technology and progressive consumer tastes. But where will it all lead? In this issue, we take a look at the hottest news from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which was like a mini auto show in itself. You will get to preview some of our best new products incorporating the latest technology and pushing the limits of performance. We offer insights into the Audi S5 Sportback and S5

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Cab as well as the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE inspired by its Mercedes-AMG hypercar counterpart. We also present a feature on the all-new and completely redesigned Mercedes G-Class. Once an icon, always an icon! To know where you’re going, you have to take a look at where you’ve been. Experience the past as we explore and contrast the MercedesBenz Museum in Stuttgart and the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt. These incredible shrines detail the history of the respective brands as well as the industry as a whole. As always, Highways is about more than automobiles: it’s about luxury experiences and lifestyles. We continue to feature great brands, exciting locations and interesting experiences. Look for these in our Statements, Home, Experience and Indulge departments. Finally, in our Benzel-Select close-up, we bring you another of our amazing charitable partners. This month we feature the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. JMSF honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, particularly children of our nation’s fallen and disabled. You will hear directly from JMSF President MaryEllen Picciuto about how the organization is making an incredible impact by supporting the families of our nation’s bravest men and women. We hope you continue to enjoy the journey along the Highways of Benzel-Busch and look forward to your feedback!


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t’s springtime, which means warmer weather. As temperatures start to rise in the tristate area, this is the perfect time to plan a getaway. Take your Benzel-Busch auto to the Hamptons for a wine-inspired weekend or jet-set to a tropical island to soak up some sun. Whatever you have planned, you can’t leave your house without these chic, auto-branded travel necessities. BY NICOLE FONZINO

CORKCICLE CANTEEN Taking a day trip to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore? Make sure to pack the essentials, including this Corkcicle Audi-branded canteen. Whether you’re bottling your favorite rosé to enjoy on the beach or an iced tea to sip while you drive to your destination, it will keep your beverage ice cold for up to 25 hours. Available at AudiMeadowlands.net, $74.95

MORLEY BLUETOOTH SPEAKER Say hello to your new favorite travel accessory: the Morley Bluetooth

tunes no matter where you are. With

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some three hours of power reserve

If you’re

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and more than 30 feet of bluetooth

traveling on a

Mercedes-Benz is helping travelers

range, take the Morley on your next

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identify luggage one bag at a time

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checking a bag is not always necessary.

with its leather tag. Fashioned out

AudiMeadowlands.net, $35.95

Next time, opt for the Maybach leather

speaker. This compact speaker allows you to jam out to your top

of top grain leather, the tags come

duffel bag. This refined calfskin carry-on

in brown or black. Stamped with

has multiple inner and outer compartments

Mercedes-Benz’s classic star logo

for easy packing. The beige inside lining

on the front and with a slot for your

perfectly contrasts with the black exterior. The

information on the back, it will stand

embossed Maybach logo adds the finishing

out whenever you use it. Available at

touch to this dapper accessory. Available at

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Benzel-Busch.com/Boutique, $5,630

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ay homage to Mother Nature this spring by sporting earth-toned clothing and accessories. A top trend for men this season, the subdued shade is the complete opposite of the vibrant-colored hues for women. Every yin needs its yang.

PILOT’S WATCH MARK XVIII HERITAGE BY IWC Every dapper gentleman needs a stunning timepiece that complements his wardrobe.

RACEMASTER JACKET BY BELSTAFF

Since this season calls for neutrals, add the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

When the weather begins to warm up, make this lighter

Heritage by IWC to your rotation.

Racemaster jacket by Belstaff in faded olive what you reach for.

The titanium case, automatic selfwinding capabilities and brown

It’s the ultimate springtime jacket, fashioned with water-resistant waxed cotton. If you get caught in those spring showers, it will help

calfskin strap will tie together

wick away moisture to keep you warm. The jacket is outfitted with

any earth-toned look in no time.

multiple pockets so you can easily carry your belongings, metal

Available at IWC.com, $4,150

underarm vents for breathability and an inner snap pocket for safe keepings. Practical as well as trendy, this is what you need to tie together your springtime looks. Available at Belstaff.com, $650

BERLUTI CARDHOLDER When you don’t want to carry your wallet, transfer your essentials into this debonair slots and one inner pocket, it comes in

ALGY ZIP CHELSEA BOOT BY O’KEEFFE

brown and green Venezia Scritto calf leather.

Whether you’re heading to a meeting or out for

This is the perfect accessory to have in your

drinks, turn heads in the Algy Zip Chelsea Boot

repertoire when you’re on the go.

by O’Keeffe. These Italian-made boots

Available at Berluti.com, $300

are crafted with hand-polished Para-Shine

cardholder by Berluti. Featuring four card

leather and come packed in a dustbag for safe keeping. This is the perfect boot for your everyday business attire. Available at Okeeffe-Shoes.com, $695 16

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MADEMOISELLE LONGCHAMP

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This easy-to-carry hobo bag by Longchamp is just what you need for your belongings this spring. The bold orange coloring and unique

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front detailing are impossible to ignore,

eep your neutral-colored clothes on the hangers. This spring, it’s all about being bold. With vibrant hues dominating the fashion runways, stand out with these effervescent wardrobe must-haves.

putting all eyes on you wherever you sport it. Fashioned with calfskin leather, the bag comes with Longchamp’s signature clasp design and a removable shoulder strap. Available at US.Longchamp.com, $985

LOUBITAG II NAIL COLLECTION BY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Let your nails do the talking this season. With the Loubitag II Collection by Christian Louboutin, they’ll fit right in with this spring’s looks. The collection comes with two vibrantly colored polishes: Miss Loubi (a coral shade) and Bolidonna (a berry violet shade). Wear them with a bold outfit and make your nails a standout will look and feel extra luxurious. Available

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colorful accessory. Either way, your nails

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pink lady. Featuring stunning bright-pink

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THE BENEFITS OF INFUSING YOUR HOME WITH ART ARE BOUNDLESS. For starters, you can add rich, vibrant colors, create conversations with friends and help personalize a room. Instead of just hanging pieces on walls, which is the obvious thing to do, try incorporating daring decor. From Fornasetti tables to Gucci Décor pillows, these dynamic accents require no nail and hammer to achieve artful beauty.


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DON GIOVANNI COLLECTION BY FORNASETTI Inspired by the Italian opera Don Giovanni, Fornasetti brings the beloved theatrical performance to life with this colorful, mesmerizing home-decor collection. Featuring multiple stand-alone pieces and accessories, the Don Giovanni line boasts vibrant red hues and artistic character interpretations. One of the collection’s prominent pieces is the Tamburo (coffee table/ bar cabinet). Fashioned from wood, it boasts a red-and-black swirled hand-lacquered motif that will stand out in any setting as well as a printed hand design around the exterior that pushes its unique aesthetic further. Topped with a pull-out compartment so you can safely store any object, it’s sure to add a quirky element to your decor. To up the drama even more, include Fornasetti’s Don Giovanni chair. The sleek black legs and seat are alluring, but what really captures the eye is the detailed backing. Featuring a red silhouette of Don Giovanni himself, Fornasetti breathes life into the main character. But shh! Don’t abruptly point out this artful seat to guests. Sit back and let the conversational piece work its magic all by itself.

the Tuareg Lamp helps give a feeling of movement within a room. Although a stationary object, its aluminum tubing resembles branches, allowing the peculiar shape to shine anywhere you place it. The matte white coloring makes the Tuareg a universal accessory that can be added to a contemporary-style room or utilized as a quirky accent piece. Wherever you station the Tuareg, it’s sure to light up your decor. VELVET CUSHIONS BY GUCCI DÉCOR Sometimes a space gets its glamour from accessories. If you’re in need of a dash of

TUAREG LAMP BY FOSCARINI This LED lamp by Italian lighting company Foscarini is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Made from varnished aluminum and polycarbonate,

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style, these velvet cushions by Gucci Décor will do the trick. The Italian brand’s recently launched home-decor line exudes color, originality and, most importantly, perfect craftsmanship.


(LEFT TO RIGHT): DON GIOVANNI COLLECTION BY FORNASETTI, WWW.FORNASETTI. COM; TUAREG LAMP BY FOSCARINI, WWW.FOSCARINI. COM; TIGER CUSHION BY GUCCI DÉCOR, $1,250, WWW.GUCCI.COM.

Different animal motifs, which have appeared in past Gucci collections, are embroidered onto the front of each cushion, including a snake, rabbit, dog, cat, tiger and bee. Creating the pillows is no easy feat. From hand-stuffed feather fill to hand-applied braided trimmings, Gucci artisans spend nearly 10 hours crafting every cushion. The backing is just as stylish, boasting a dynamic design to complement the front. Simply throw them onto a couch or chair and see your room

enhanced instantly. POPPIES NIGHT COLLECTION BY MISSONI HOME Add a pop of color with Missoni Home’s newest collection, Poppies Night. The Italian brand, which launched the collection this year, is known throughout the industry for brightly colored decor, and the Poppies Night sofa and bedding take this tradition in a dynamic new direction.


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JONATHAN ADLER AND SHADE STORE COLLABORATION Mirroring the unconventional designs of his collections, the Jonathan Adler and Shade Store collaboration transforms ordinary accessories into extraordinary masterpieces. Say goodbye to neutral-colored window shades and hello to bright-colored designs that will add a luxurious element to any space. Jonathan Adler’s roller shade collection boasts 18 different materials and 70 colors to choose from, including clementine, pewter, amethyst, teal and turmeric, to name only a few. These shades transform a

TOP: JONATHAN ADLER AND SHADE STORE COLLABORATION IN PEPPERCORN, WWW. THESHADESTORE.COM; BOTTOM: POPPIES NIGHT BEDDING BY MISSONI HOME, WWW.MISSONIHOME.COM.

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natural-toned room into an oasis of color. “I see the collection in everything from a modern glass box in the Hollywood Hills to an Upper East Side pied-aterre that needs a pop of pattern,” says Jonathan Adler. What are you waiting for? Let your newly transformed room captivate you and your guests.

THE SHADE STORE

Along with effervescent poppy flowers and butterflies, bold hues of yellow, pink, blue and purple stand out against a neutral black-and-white background. The jacquard fabric gives a textured feel, adding depth to each accent piece. Whether you use both the bedding and sofa or just one, the Poppies Night design will make your room come alive. Place them in a neutral-toned room or add bright-colored pillows to the sofa to make the fabric pop even more. However you utilize them, these Missoni Home pieces double as furniture and art


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CES TREASURES Every year, tech lovers anxiously await the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to witness the debut of savvy gadgets galore. Thousands congregated at this year’s Las Vegas-based convention to experience the latest and greatest hi-tech treasures firsthand. Running the gamut from robots and autonomous driving concepts to appliances that make everyday life easier, here are just a few of the innovations showcased at CES 2018.

U BY MOEN SHOWER What do you get when you mix showering with technology? The U by Moen Shower. This savvy invention allows you to start, stop and pause your shower without being inside it. Controlled through an app on your smartphone, via voice command through an Amazon Alexa or directly on an installed controller, users can warm the water to their preferred temperature so they’ll never have to step into a cold shower again. The U by Moen Shower not only sets an ideal temperature, but also controls duration to save water, notifies you when water has attained the set temperature and has save settings so you can enjoy your perfect shower everyday. Your morning routine just became a lot more effortless. Available at Moen.com, prices vary.

Carrying luggage through an airport terminal is always a hassle. ForwardX aims to make your journey easier with the CX-1 suitcase, a futuristic innovation that promotes hands-free travel. Now you can navigate through terminals without lugging your suitcase along. The CX-1 trails your every move thanks to autofollow technologies that work off of gesture control, a 170-degree exterior camera and real-time recognition and tracing algorithms that help the bag identify you as the owner. In case you stray too far away, you’ll be alerted through a wristband, ensuring luggage is never lost. The CX-1 is comprised of four-wheel drive, smart alarm protection, a mobile power bank, TSA-approved lock system, high-powered removable battery and a speed of about six miles per hour so you never have to slow down. Traveling has never been so easy. For more information, visit ForwardX.com.

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CORAVIN WINE OPENER Wasting wine is a thing of the past with Coravin’s latest innovation, the Model Eleven. The magic lay in its ability to pour a glass of wine without uncorking the bottle (yes, you read that correctly). Wine stays perfectly preserved so you can sip from the same bottle for weeks to a year if you so choose. Simply place the fully automated device atop the bottle, press the button and watch in awe as a needle is lowered inside to extract the wine. Once the button lights up green, pour yourself a glass and enjoy. The Coravin Model Eleven replaces the removed beverage with argon (an “inert gas used in the wine making process”) to preserve the leftover wine. What’s really intriguing are the Bluetooth capabilities that allow you to connect to the device so you can monitor when it needs to be cleaned and check battery life and argon gas usage. For still more efficiency, Apple iOS users can download the Coravin Moments app. This allows you to enjoy a variety of experiences such as discovering new wines, creating pairings and maintaining a “virtual cellar” where you can snap a photo of your preferred spirit and store it for a future get-together. The Coravin Model Eleven and app will be available this September. www.coravin.com, $995.95.

IKEYP BOLT Everyone stores valuable items in their home such as passports, safety deposit box keys, family heirlooms and social security cards. With the iKeyp Bolt, you no longer have to wonder about the safest place to keep these items. Simply screw the iKeyp Bolt to a wall, create a key code, place your items inside and voila!, you have a high-security storage box inside your living space. For efficiency, sync your smartphone directly with the iKeyp Bolt to access remote unlock, reminders, notifications, updates and failed key alerts. Combine this capability with 24/7 security monitoring, backup key access and moisture control and you’ll never second-guess the safety of your valuables. Available at www.iKeyp.com, $149.

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TECHREPORT

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING AT CES 2018

OLA KÄLLENIUS, MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF DAIMLER AG, GROUP RESEARCH AND MERCEDESBENZ CAR DEVELOPMENT, ADDRESSES CROWD.

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r. Dieter Zetsche, the head of MercedesBenz cars and chairman of Daimler AG, was the company’s keynote speaker at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Although he spoke about several exciting innovations currently in the pipeline, he focused mostly on the unveiling of a fully autonomous prototype vehicle. Dr. Zetsche described the autonomous car of the future as a sort of luxury “carriage” that could provide a peaceful, relaxing oasis for riders. The prototype was bedecked with touch screens and featured a space-age floating control panel that would let any rider take control of the car. In a separate interview with Men’s Health magazine, Dr. Michael Hafner, Head of Autonomous Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes-Benz, spoke of the various “levels” of automotive autonomy. A car with no autonomous driving technology would be at Level Zero.

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Level One and Two technology encompass features such as adaptive cruise control and Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot. Dr. Hafner said, “Levels Three, Four and Five would describe systems that let the car do a lot more of the driving.” Based on Mercedes-Benz’s extensive analysis conducted in their Intelligent World Drive — semiautomated test-drives of an S-Class carried out in Germany, China, Australia, South Africa and the USA — vehicles at Level Three on up to fully autonomous cars are closer to reality than you might think. Hafner said, “2020 and 2021 is the timeframe when we hope we’ll bring those systems into markets.” Back in the day, many new safety systems such as air bags and anti-lock braking were met with skepticism. Today, Mercedes-Benz has gathered real-world data to justify the extraordinary effort and cost to develop vehicles


BY DOM MILIANO

at Level Three and higher. Government statistics show that speed are also automatically adjusted in bends and at 90 percent of all accidents are caused, at least in part, by road junctions. On board as well are Active Emergency human error (including impaired driving and texting). Stop Assist and a considerably improved Active Lane Again, quoting Michael Hafner, “If you let the car Change Assist. do the driving, we get rid of those human errors.” In addition to the autonomous driving prototype were He added, “The car keeps the speed limits. The car products and concepts that focused on the four strategic is always attentive, never tired, and never had any pillars of Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services alcohol, so it’s predictable and it knows what to do if and Electric, called CASE. This new corporate strategy it’s adequately programmed and developed, which of combines what Mercedes-Benz considers the four megacourse is what we try to do.” trends that will fundamentally change the concept of On a personal note, Hafner said, “When I drive long mobility in the not-so-distant future. You will learn more distances and use my own autonomous systems, and about CASE in future editions of Highways. I get out of the car after five hours driving without any stops, I’m relaxed.” While the CES presentations were aimed to inform and excite participants about near-future developments, Dr. Hafner also spoke about current products and how far along the company is in its goal to make the demonstrated prototype a marketplace reality. Hafner is quoted as saying that the new S-Class raises MercedesBenz Intelligent Drive to the next level. He added, “We are approaching the goal of automated driving more purposefully and faster than many people suspect. From the autumn of 2017, the new S-Class will be able to support its driver considerably better than all systems which have been available to date.” The new and considerably enhanced driving-assistance functions available in the new S-Class will take the Mercedes-Benz owner closer than ever toward the autonomous driving goal. Currently available enhancements include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist that now support the driver LAS VEGAS WAS THE LAST LEG OF MERCEDES-BENZ’S INTELLIGENT WORLD DRIVE, WHICH TESTED ITS even more effectively in keeping a safe NEWEST TECHNOLOGIES THROUGH FIVE CONTINENTS; INCLUDED WAS A NEW TOUCHSCREEN ASSET FOR THE MARQUE’S TOUCH-CONTROL CONCEPT. distance. Both steering and vehicle

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WATER

THE MERCEDES-AMG

double trouble

Project One was a hypercar with no comparison — until Cigarette Racing unveiled the 515 Project ONE powerboat. From what I could tell, there was nothing wrong with the MercedesAMG Project One. In its debut last year, the F1-inspired concept car had gorgeous bodywork to ogle, including an air intake mounted on the cabin roof that came complete with a fin. Word was that the Project One could summon more than 1,000 horsepower, punching from a standing start to 124 mph in 6 seconds. Let me write that slower. Six. Seconds. A car — sorry, hypercar — like this didn’t need anything to complement it, right? How would you even complement something like this?

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By taking its design to the water, that’s how. There, making its debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show in February, was the 515 Project ONE powerboat by Cigarette Racing. In case you missed the resemblance, a full-scale model of the MercedesAMG Project One was on display on the docks (how they got it there I have no idea). It certainly did its job reminding everyone of the shared design inspiration: both car and boat were outfitted in matching matte black and silver paint. If you think this is the first partnership between the two racing companies, think again. The two have collaborated on a bevy of floating fantasies inspired by AMG-branded autos. Last year witnessed the debut of the GT R-inspired, 50-foot GT R Marauder to celebrate AMG’s 50th


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anniversary. How do you top that? By taking inspiration from what Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG, described as the “most ambitious and awe-inspiring vehicle yet.” While the similarities between the $2.8-million hypercar and the $2-million special-edition powerboat aren’t easily determined — beyond a need for delirious speeds on water and land — trust me, they exist. Namely: carbon fiber. That lightweight but strong material is used liberally in both car and boat. Such technological advancements, even in a year’s time, give the 515 Project ONE — 51’5” in length, with an increased beam of 9’6” — 30 percent greater surface area than that of the 50-foot Marauder, while still providing similar performance and an exhilarating 140-mph top speed.

Kevlar and E-glass are used copiously from stem to stern as well. The Cigarette Racing Team worked closely with Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG, Mercedes-AMG’s parent company, to design the hallmark characteristics of the boat. Such close attention to detail extends inside the cabin, with extensive use of Dinamica upholstery — ultra-light, high-strength microfiber used in the Project One hypercar — and seatbacks constructed of exposed-weave carbon fiber. “Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing both have racing as part of their DNA, which makes us natural partners to work together to continue to push the limits of design and high performance,” says Skip Braver, CEO of Cigarette Racing. Compared to last year’s Marauder,

the beamier 515 Project ONE adds an additional seat, allowing six passengers to be comfortably seated when blasting across the open ocean. Powering the boat is a pair of Mercury Racing 1,550-horsepower engines. Also featured are Cigarette’s signature aggressive shoulders, which rise in the rear of the boat and allow the integration of a large sun cushion on the flat exposed-weave carbonfiber hatch — despite the tall engines beneath — for the person who doesn’t just want to go fast but also wants to catch some sun. That might be the only place to get burned on this boat, because there isn’t much out there that’s keeping up with this water-bound rocket. But on land? The Project One, which has a top speed of 217 mph, can certainly give it a run for its money. What a pair.

THE 515 PROJECT ONE IS THE NINTH COLLABORATION BOAT PRODUCED BY CIGARETTE RACING AND MERCEDES-AMG. INSPIRED BY ITS SUPER CAR COUNTERPART, THE BOAT IS FASHIONED WITH CARBON FIBER AND CAN FIT UP TO SIX PASSENGERS. BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com SPRING 2018

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ROOFTOP RETREATS Nothing beats New York City during the warmer months, especially when it comes to its social scene. Celebrate the changing of the seasons in true New York fashion: on the rooftops. From premier cocktails to gorgeous exteriors to picture-perfect views, there’s no better way to experience the city we all know and love than from the top of its skyscrapers.

MAGIC HOUR ROOFTOP BAR & LOUNGE At the Moxy Times Square, Magic Hour doesn’t indicate the start of happy hour, but is rather the name of the hotel’s 10,000-square-foot urban amusement-park rooftop bar that’s rising to the top of New York’s social scene. Operated by the TAO Group, Magic Hour creates a carnival-like atmosphere for adults to revel in. Topiary animals, elephant light fixtures and a rotating carouselinspired seating area adorn the exotic space. With five designated areas, Magic Hour boasts both an indoor and outdoor presence and is winterized during the colder months, so guests can play all year long. Perhaps the most alluring attraction is Foreplay, a mini golf course that features animal statues in sexy poses. But the party doesn’t stop at the decor. Magic Hour’s menu delivers a

creative take on “fair foods” such as carnival potatoes, corn hush puppies, boozy cupcakes and Cracker Jacks, as well as everything from innovative cocktails to the wines, beers and champagnes. Here, everyone can find something to sip on that’s absolutely magical. Further upping the playfulness, certain drinks are served in popcorn buckets, disco balls and ceramic stiletto heels to share with friends. Mix that with stellar views of the Empire State Building and you’ve got yourself the perfect NYC hotspot for an evening of fun. Need anymore convincing to spend a night at Magic Hour? Last year, Heidi Klum held her popular Halloween bash at the rooftop bar. Who wouldn’t want to party like the supermodel and her slew of celebrity friends? Magic Hour recommends making a reservation before arriving. 485 7th Avenue (at 36th Street), New York, NY, www. moxy-hotels.marriott.com/nyc/timessquare/dining/magichour-rooftop-bar-lounge

ST. CLOUD High above Times Square, St. Cloud is the sophisticated after-work hotspot where you can grab a drink and bask in the city lights. Located on the rooftop of the luxurious Knickerbocker Hotel, St. Cloud’s name pays homage to ST. CLOUD


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the location’s original 19th-century lodge and boasts a refined atmosphere equal to the hotel itself. Take in bird’s-eye views of Times Square as you socialize, listen to music and relax. For extra comfort, reserve one of the bar’s three Sky Pod lounges so you and your friends can sip in a secluded space. Not only does St. Cloud provide an incredible outdoor location, but guests can also retreat to an indoor bar or to the Club Macanudo Cigar Lounge. There, they can read about each cigar on the menu before selecting their poison or even test out the lounge’s curated pairings. Your experience wouldn’t be complete without indulging in St. Cloud’s specialized cocktails. Select the Old King Cole or Espresso Martini (rumor has it that martinis originated at this location), or simply sip on a beverage from the bar’s vast selection of champagnes, wines and beers. St. Cloud, 6 Times Square, New York, NY, www.TheKnickerbocker.com

LE BAIN AT THE STANDARD This chic rooftop bar in the Meatpacking District features a suave discotheque on the inside and cheeky outdoor seating on the outside. With views of the High Line and the Hudson River, Le Bain at the Standard is the perfect spot to dance the night (or day) away. Inside, guests can move and groove beneath the disco ball or lounge on the plush black leather couches, taking in the scenery through floor-to-ceiling windows. During the summer, Le Bain takes the party up a notch by opening its plunge pool on the dance floor, where guests can take a dip if they dare. Then step outside onto the faux grass-covered rooftop, where you’ll be met with quirky, colorful seating and a glass wall that lines the perimeter for optimal views. Select an ice-cold cocktail from Le Bain’s menu, which features beverages such as the Obsession (Mezcal, passionfruit, lime, cucumber and ginger) and the Lost in Music (tequila, watermelon, lime, cranberry and jalapeño). In the summertime, pair your drink with a crepe made in

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Le Bain’s on-site crêperie. Then relax and soak up the fun. Le Bain at the Standard, 444 West 13th Street, New York, NY, www.StandardHotels.com

LOOPY DOOPY ROOFTOP BAR AT THE CONRAD The Conrad New York is known citywide for its contemporary art displays, so it’s only fitting that the rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, is named after one of its most prized installations: Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple) by artist Sol LeWitt. Drawing its inspiration from this work, the bar is outfitted with purple accessories, including lounge pillows, menu covers and outdoor lighting. Loopy Doopy sits 16 stories high and offers stunning panoramic views of Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The seasonal rooftop, which opens in April, is known


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for its signature Loopy Pop drinks. The crafty cocktail features a base of either prosecco or rosé and is topped with a boozy ice pop of your choosing. While Loopy Doopy swaps out flavors regularly, some popular pops include Blackberry Sour (whiskey, blackberries, rhubarb and tarragon) and the Pink Lady Sangria (pink lady 230 FIFTH ROOFTOP RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

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apples, sour cherry and red wine). Loopy Pops are not the only hot items on the menu. Loopy Doopy offers other signature drinks such as the Dark Thymes (Myers’s dark rum, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and thyme simple syrup) and the I Can’t Even (Ketel One, fresh lemonade, raspberries and agave), plus other liquors and wine. Guests can order shared plates to pick at while they enjoy themselves. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, 102 North End Avenue, New York, NY, www.conradnewyork.com

Aptly named for its prime location, 230 Fifth promotes the idea of enjoying a night out on the town no matter what the season may be. Open all year, 230 Fifth offers impressive rooftop scenery. Think unobscured views of the Empire State Building, cheeky cocktails and impressive outdoor decor. No seasonal weather can put a damper on 230 Fifth’s inviting outdoor ambiance. In the summertime, guests can lounge under large umbrellas, which cast away sun and unwanted rainstorms. This means you can enjoy your Empire Sour (a combination of bourbon, lemon juice, simply syrup and red wine float) in total comfort. When colder months sweep in, 230 Fifth converts into a trendy igloo bar. On display from November to late April, the heated transparent vestibules dominate the rooftop, allowing patrons to escape the frigid temps while still being able to take in New York’s iconic skyline. Trade in ice-cold cocktails for a special beverage from the bar’s hot drink menu, such as a mug of Bailey’s Boozy Hot Chocolate or Hot Fireball Cider. When you need an escape from all the elements, head down to the enclosed penthouse where you can still take in the sights through large windows as well as lounge and grab drinks at the bar. 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, www.230fifth.com


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hopped up LOVE IT OR HATE IT, THE WIDELY POPULAR IPA IS HERE TO STAY.

CONGRATULATIONS! IF YOU’RE READING THIS, THEN YOU have officially lived long enough to see a craft beer renaissance in the United States. Or, conversely, you are young enough to have lived your entire life during a period of sustained growth in the craft beer market. If you’re under 21, this article is of limited use to you at this time. You have my sympathies. According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft brewers nationwide has gone from eight (!) in 1980 to 537 in 1994 to more than 6,000 in 2018. The number of new breweries in the planning stages is skyrocketing. This is an unprecedented boom. It’s hard to think of another industry that has undergone such phenomenal growth so fast in a similar 40-year time frame. (That shining star of production, the Model T, comes to mind.) Heady stuff, right? Simply put, there has never been a better time to drink beer in the U.S. than right now. Today, you can go to the nearest liquor store — or bar, restaurant, ramshackle saloon or refined taphouse — and choose among a hundred distinct kinds. But this craft explosion wouldn’t be possible without the venerable IPA, or India Pale Ale. As legend has it, the beer was invented by the British during their efforts to colonize India. Characterized by an abundance of hops — the green, cone-shaped flowers of the female hop plant, also known by its Seussian name Humulus lupulus — today’s IPAs can be strong and bitter, with an aroma of citrus, pine or flowers. And they are as popular as all get out. Here are some of the best IPAs coming out of the East Coast.

CAT’S MEOW EXHIBIT ‘A’ BREWING CO. Brewed: Framingham, MA ABV: 6.5% To try Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co.’s take on the New England-style IPA

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— generally known for a juicy, luscious mouthfeel and opaque, hazy appearance — you may have to travel some distance. Boston is a good bet, as this Framingham, MA-based brewery sells primarily to restaurants and distributors in Massachusetts. Even so, the brewery recommends calling for availability first, as many sell out quickly, including the Cat’s Meow.

New England-style IPA’s usual aromas of fruitiness — in this case, tangerines and ripe stone fruits — greet the nose followed by flavors of grapefruit peel, fresh navel oranges and light malt sweetness. This has a smooth finish with a touch of grapefruit bitterness at the end. Available year round, it’s definitely worth the trip.

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BROOKLYN BREWERY’S DEFENDER IPA; ALLAGASH BREWING CO.’S BRETT IPA; AND EVIL TWIN BREWING’S MODERN IPA.

BRETT IPA ALLAGASH BREWING CO. Brewed: Portland, ME ABV: 7.1% You would have to be a huge beer nerd to know what the Brett stands for. No, it’s not a man; it’s a yeast. During transport overseas, the first India Pale Ales were stored in wooden barrels where, beer experts suppose, some ales naturally acquired brettanomyces, a form of wild yeast. Brett IPA plays off this piece of brewing lore by pairing brettanomyces — a yeast that exhibits itself as ripe fruit rather than strong funk or sourness — with multiple varieties of fruit-forward hops. Allagash Brewing Co.’s take on the Brett style of IPA results in tropical flavors that pair nicely with the beer’s lightly hopped body: a heady bouquet redolent of citrus, pineapple and passion fruit, with a finish that is mostly dry and has a little acidity with moderate, easygoing bitterness. The taste is on the stronger side of IPAs. As of last year, it is available in 12 oz. bottles. According to Allagash, a portion of the proceeds from this beer go to benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, ME, so you can feel good while you sip.

DEFENDER IPA BROOKLYN BREWERY Brewed: Brooklyn, NY ABV: 5.9% Each year, a new Brooklyn Defender emerges to carry the banner of great beer. Past projects have highlighted renowned artists and experimental hops. Now, the sixth Defender is ready to be unveiled in sixpacks and kegs everywhere. Brooklyn Brewery urges us to #DefendBeer with this year’s Defender, a West Coast-style IPA (read: hoppy as hell!). As the official beer of New York Comic Con, Defender IPA is “heroically” hopped featuring strong notes of tropical fruit, well-muscled hop bitterness and

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an incredibly dry finish. According to Brooklyn Brewery, the graphic “springs from the Jack Kirby era of comics, with a striking profile, the astonishing ability to leap tall buildings with an armload of kegs, and a trusty beer can utility belt.” The reddish coloration owes to a dash of roasted malt. Tasting notes are characterized by bold, fruity sharpness and an intensely resinous nose smash. Brooklyn Brewery recommends pairing this beer with grilled vegetables, barbecue, spicy dishes and Gouda. No cape required.

LIL’ HEAVEN SESSION IPA TWO ROADS BREWING CO. Brewed: Stratford, CT ABV: 4.8% Quick history lesson: the most common explanation for Session IPA harkens back to the days of WWI England. Workers were allotted two drinking periods, or sessions, of four hours each workday. (Jealous much?) This called for a lighter beer than your everyday stout or porter. So, the less alcoholic Session IPA was invented to keep Brits from being too sloppy on the job. Session purists demand that the style (or substyle) be defined as any beer no higher than three or four


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percent ABV. However, today most categorize 5% ABV or less a true session. Clocking in at 4.8% ABV, Two Roads Brewing Co.’s take on the Session IPA is the Lil’ Heaven with tastes of tropical fruits — specifically passion fruit, grapefruit and apricots. It finishes with just enough toasted malt character to balance. This is soft and delicate with a malty sweetness mid-palate.

MODERN IPA EVIL TWIN BREWING Brewed: Two Roads Brewing Co., CT ABV: 6% Founded by Danish-born Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø in 2010, Evil Twin Brewing has been called “nomadic” because the beers are brewed not in one location, but in 10 breweries around the world. (Evil Twin says it’s working

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on opening its first physical brewery in Ridgewood, NY later this year.) At this time, these beers are still fairly rare, because of the relatively small batches in which they are brewed. If you can, you should get your hands on the Modern IPA. My sources tell me you can find it on tap at top restaurants in New York such as Eleven Madison and the Nomad. It’s that good. This amalgamation of the West Coast- and New England-style IPAs features piney dankness combined with layers of citrus and tropical fruits, a testament to the state of the IPA in America as we know it. It’s a tasty tribute to a beloved and iconic beer style. A palette of understated hop flavors, fruity and crisp, cuts through the dankness. This is in stark contrast to Evil Twin’s Retro IPA, a 1985-style IPA, that you should also give a try — if you can find it, that is.


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WHEN A CAR COMPANY HAS AN ICONIC MODEL

in its line blessed with an extremely loyal fan base, it approaches making significant changes the way, I assume, porcupines procreate – very carefully. And so it is in 2018 that Mercedes-Benz will offer its growing list of G-Wagen customers (G-Wagen is short for Geländewagen or, “cross-country vehicle”) a slightly bigger, better-handling, more refined but still burly iconic off-roader as a 2019 model.

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brief history The first G-Wagens were envisioned in the early 1970s as military vehicles by the Shah of Iran (he was a significant shareholder at the time). By the late 1970s, Styer-Daimler-Puch, an Austrian manufacturer, started production with a no-nonsense, slab-sided shape, plus three locking differential mechanicals that immediately set the vehicle apart from everything else on the market. Over time, civilian models witnessed the addition of refinements such as an automatic transmission, air conditioning, luxury seating, central door locking and interior wood accents. You might be surprised to learn that by 1986, more than 50,000 G-Wagens had found homes worldwide. Despite their global appeal, the United States market remained officially off limits (only “gray market” vehicles made it across the Pond). That changed in 2002 when the V8-powered G500 was imported. Despite the six-figure price tag, more than 3,000 G-Wagens were sold to American customers. Their phenomenal off-road ability, exclusivity and cachet were seen as market drivers.

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UNVEILED AT THE 2018 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT, THE ALL-NEW MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS FEATURES A WIDER AND LONGER BODY, A 4.0-LITER TWIN-TURBOCHARGED V-8 ENGINE AND DYNAMIC SELECT FOR DRIVING EFFICIENCY.


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change for the better Sometimes change just for the sake of change isn’t a good thing. Think New Coke versus Old Coke. But for 2019, the newly redefined G-Wagen looks to have hit all of the right notes. Car magazines testing these offroaders were universally pleased with the respectful but welcome changes when compared to the prior G-Wagen. A quick glance will tell you that the exterior design has been softened a bit (look carefully and you’ll see a curved windshield), but the majority of the changes were made to the interior and the drivetrain. These changes to the G-Class follow the philosophy Mercedes-Benz calls Sensual Purity: a desire to make exciting improvements that remain true to the character of the original. You see this in details such as the door hinges positioned on the outside and the surfacemounted front hood, both classic design elements carried over to the new generation. Here are the most notable things that Mercedes-Benz has done to improve this brand icon.

size really does matter First, the new G-Class is 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider. Not only does this give the vehicle a more aggressive stance (as if it really needed that), it also provides front and rear passengers with additional space for greater comfort. Front-seat passengers have 1.5 more inches of legroom, 1.5 inches more shoulder room and 2.7 inches extra elbowroom. Rear-seat passengers gained nearly 6 inches of much-appreciated legroom, 1.1 inches of shoulder room and 2.2 inches added at the elbows. Besides greater legroom, entry to the rear was made easier thanks to wider door openings. Another subtle change was the higher positioning of the seats to improve outward visibility.

the strong silent type The design team at Mercedes-Benz admits that making the G-Class better without destroying the elements that

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OFFICIAL BADGE COMMEMORATING THE G-CLASS TEST ON SCHÖCKL, A MOUNTAIN IN GRAZ, AUSTRIA; INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE LEATHER SEATS WITH MEMORY FOAM AND HEATING CAPABILITIES.

make up its appeal was an extremely hard task. “Enhancing an icon such as the G-Class in technological terms was both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. Each part and every bolt came under close scrutiny,” explains Dr. Gunnar Güthenke of the Off-Road Product Group. “With the body, our main focus was on increasing the vehicle rigidity and the connections between the suspension and drivetrain with the ladder-type frame.” Paramount was the desire to redefine the quality of handling both on and off the road. This required a change that some fans of the original G-Wagens might consider heresy: a complete redesign of the front suspension! However, through a close collaboration between Mercedes-Benz GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH, an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle achieved the goal of better overall drivability without affecting off-road prowess. The suspension was reengineered without changing the vehicle’s ground clearance, a measurement that’s vital in extreme off-road situations. The engineers admit that as part of their work on the new G-Wagen they had to fight for every millimeter. The raising of the axles made a crucial contribution in this area. Then they added a strut tower brace in the engine compartment to achieve the ruggedness objectives. These technical and engineering modifications help ensure good drivability when an owner goes beyond the asphalt. Mercedes-Benz proclaims the new G-Class front axle is so robust

that its off-road performance and off-road capabilities are noticeably improved when compared to those of its predecessors. High praise indeed. With this new front-axle design comes electric rack and pinion power steering, replacing the prior model’s recirculating ball design. Besides giving the driver better road feel, it also allowed engineers to add a parking-assist technology feature. Of course, just improving the off-road capabilities wasn’t enough. The new G-Class also had to perform better on the road. Testing by several noted automobile magazines show that the new G-Wagen is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. Their verdict: thanks to its traditional ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction, the new G remains a true G.

have a seat For your utility chores, the rear seats can be folded down 40, 60 or 100 percent. More importantly, as you might imagine in any Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicle, the seats in the G-Class are leather clad and ergonomically designed for superior comfort and lateral support. They also come equipped with lots of convenience features such as the driver’s seat memory function, front- and rear-seat heating elements and front-seat luxury head restraints. Ride comfort can be further enhanced with the optional Active Multicontour Seat Package. This includes massage functions, climate-controlled seats and rapid seat heating. The package also offers electrically

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adjustable lumbar supports for the driver and front passenger. The side bolsters of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multicontour seats include integrated air chambers that fill or empty continually depending on the driving dynamics. This feature provides better support for the seating positions of driver and front passenger and offers more lateral support during hard cornering. As is typical of the engineering in all MercedesBenz vehicles, the Active Multicontour Seat Package is recommended by experts from the German spinal health organization, Aktion Gesunder RĂźcken e.V.

a dash of class While the standard instrument panel (IP) has undergone a redesign for 2019, it still features the classic and timeless

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tube-look analogue round dials found in earlier G-Class models. That means fans of the classic round instruments won’t be presented (disappointed?) with a space-age IP. However, as with the new E-Class and S-Class, an instrument cluster in the form of a large display showing digital instruments in the driver’s direct field of vision and a central display above the middle console can be ordered. With this optional IP are two 12.3-inch displays blended visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a fully bonded glass panel. This design gives drivers the option to choose among three different styles for the displays: Classic, Sport and Progressive. The driver can also select appropriate data and views according to individual driving needs. The touchpad in this optional system gives fingertip impulses and audible feedback so drivers can


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use it through the controller in the center console without taking their eyes off the road. Standard on the new G-Class is 3-zone climate control with vents shaped like the newly restyled headlights. Something never envisioned in the first G-Wagens is the 590-watt Burmester sound system, connected to 16 high-quality speakers. While we’re still talking about the interior, for the first time the G-Wagen has real cup holders. Not earth-shattering, for sure, but a much-needed addition that enhances the day-to-day livability of the vehicle.

under the hood The heart of every Mercedes-Benz is the motor. If you’re not convinced, ask the competitors in Formula

One who have struggled to catch up to the AMG Petronas F1 team’s clear horsepower and reliability advantage, resulting in four consecutive world manufacturer championships. The new G-Class comes standard with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 rated at 416 hp and, crucial for real-world and off-road driving, 450 lb-ft of torque that delivers its full power at a very low 2,000 RPM. While some previous American car buyers have been lured by a model’s horsepower numbers, the true cognoscenti, especially those in the know about off-road driving needs, pay more attention to an engine’s torque figures. High torque values, ones that come on strong at low RPMs (only possible through the magic of turbocharging), translate into more surefooted control and power in difficult, slow and steady off-roading. While the engine for the G 550 is unchanged from the prior model’s, performance is improved thanks to substantial weight reductions (reported to be more than 370 lbs.) achieved by extensive use of aluminum components. Also, an all-new 9-speed gearbox has replaced the prior model’s 7-speed automatic transmission. You can expect the 2019 G 550 G-Class to do the 0-60 sprint in less than 6 seconds. Despite its offroad capabilities, the new G-Class will be no slouch in the stoplight grand prix!

when the going gets tough With the new G-Class, a feature called DYNAMIC SELECT is available with up to five driving modes. This allows the driver to adjust the vehicle’s dynamic characteristics at the touch of a button. Depending on the chosen mode – Comfort, Sport, Eco or Individual

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WANT TO GO OFF-ROADING IN YOUR G-WAGEN? NO PROBLEM. THE G-MODE ASSISTS YOU DURING EXCURSIONS BY ADJUSTING STEERING, ACCELERATORS AND GEARSHIFTS.

— the system modifies the performance of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and other assistance systems as determined by the driver’s needs. For example, in Eco mode, fuel economy is optimized. In Sport mode, the transmission’s shift points, engine’s throttle response and steering system’s responsiveness are changed. The Individual mode allows more exacting drivers to configure their own preferred vehicle settings. The DYNAMIC SELECT system has a host of options available in combination with the new suspension and the optional Adaptive Damping System. With these, the driver is able to modify the vehicle’s damping (i.e., suspension) characteristics in Sport and Comfort modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch. This means the G-Class detects the particular condition of the road and sets the appropriate suspension damping, so that, for example, the response for off-road terrain is stiffer. Conversely, in Sport mode the G-Class yields a more agile response. Because the G-Wagen came to life as a military vehicle designed for the rigors of desert and off-road use, the newer, more posh edition had better deliver. And thanks to its new advanced drive modes, it does. Mercedes-Benz says the improved off-road handling characteristics are due to the model’s new G-Mode. The vehicle changes to G-Mode independent of the chosen driving mode as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear has been engaged. This off-road mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristic, avoids unnecessary gearshifts and thus ensures optimum control and maximum off-road capability. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class celebrated its world premiere at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2018. If that’s not exciting enough, an AMG tuned model is planned!

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take a trip to the past...and the

FUTURE LEFT TO RIGHT: THE MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM IN STUTTGART, GERMANY SHOWCASES MORE THAN 160 VEHICLES THAT CHRONICLE THE PROGRESSION OF THE MARQUE; THE MERCEDES-BENZ 300 S CONVERTIBLE, AS SEEN IN THE LEGENDS EXHIBIT; THE AUDI MUSEUM IN INGOLSTADT, GERMANY FEATURES NOT ONLY CARS, BUT MOTORCYCLES AND BIKES AS WELL; ON A DISCOVERY TOUR GUESTS WILL EXPERIENCE THE FULL HISTORY OF AUDI.

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OUR ONGOING LOVE AFFAIR WITH WHAT originally was called the motorcar got into gear in Germany in the 1880s, when engineers and designers Gottlieb Daimler, Carl Benz and Audi founder August Horch put us on the road with their revolutionary inventions. The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt are two of the best places to learn how cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses forever changed the world. (Stuttgart is also home to MercedesBenz’s headquarters; Ingolstadt is home to Audi’s.) Both buildings are standout examples of engineering and design, as are the distinctive, rare and historic vehicles inside. It’s easy to spend an entire day at either one marveling at the forward march of motorized technology, including the future of driverless vehicles. Add a gourmet lunch or dinner at one of the on-site restaurants and cafes, plus a factory tour.

MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM The Mercedes-Benz Museum displays vehicles in a historic timeline. A glass elevator whisks you to the top exhibit floor, to the three-wheel wood-framed device patented by Gottlieb Daimler in 1889 (not to be


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confused with the similar Benz Patent-Motorwagen from 1885), plus early trucks and farm equipment. Visitors receive a multilingual, multitrack audio guide and choose from historic, social or technical interpretations at each stop. Don’t pass up the track for kids. It’s shorter with fewer details, but offers just as much insight. Daimler and Benz were competitors until shortly after WWI, when the government ordered them to merge to save money. Before that, Daimler renamed his company in honor of one of his largest customers and supporters, the Austrian entrepreneur and race driver Emil Jellinek, whose daughter was named Mercedes. The first combined Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles were produced in 1926. The three-pointed star logo represents air, sea and land, since the company made engines and entire vehicles for all three. They included so-called “lighter than air” dirigibles by Daimler’s longtime engineering associate, Wilhelm Maybach, some of which are displayed at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, on Lake Constance. Follow the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s circular ramp down to floors grouped by era or category, including racecars and special-use vehicles such as ambulances

and fire trucks. Not surprisingly, the iconic 1950s gullwing roadster is one of the most popular models on display. There are several coupes and convertibles. Although vehicles in the collection are never sold, the gullwings are each worth millions. Only two 1955 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe” vehicles were produced. One is on display here, as is the 300 SLR racing legend Stirling Moss drove to victory in the Mille Miglia that year. Additional racecars appear in the display of Silver Arrows. Another rare car is the handsome 1936 500K roadster, here in “copcatcher red” with an elegant buttercream yellow interior. It was the most powerful street vehicle of its time, with 160 horsepower emanating from its supercharged Kompressor engine capable of 100 mph. Fewer than 400 were produced, and only a handful survive. The 500K was one of the most expensive cars of its time, the equivalent of $500,000 today. That’s about double the price of a current model 6.0L V12 biturbo engine AMG S65, one of the priciest in today’s Mercedes-Benz stable. As with most of the world’s museums, in addition to

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A PORTION OF THE LEGENDS EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM PAYS HOMAGE TO MERCEDES-BENZ’S RACECARS. GUESTS CAN MARVEL AT THE SUPERCARS INCLUDING THE W 196 R 2.5-LITER STREAMLINED RACING CAR (#18).

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CARL BENZ DRIVING HIS FIRST MODEL I PATENT MOTOR CAR.

permanent displays are rotating special exhibits. An exhibit of 50 Years of AMG is being replaced this summer by what’s described as “secret stars” of Mercedes-Benz, including the all-terrain Unimog and farm tractors. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open daily, as are the restaurants and gift shops with their large selection of logo clothing, leather goods and model cars. www.mercedes-benz.com/en/ mercedes-benz/classic/museum/

WHILE IN STUTTGART Stuttgart is the capital city of the Baden-Württemberg state, founded by the Romans who were attracted to its mineral springs. The Staatsgalerie (State Gallery) contains one of the finest art collections in Germany, with paintings from the Middle Ages to Modern, including Rembrandts and Picassos. The Altes Schloss (Old Castle),

residence of the former ruling counts and dukes, dates to the 1300s and is now a museum that showcases some of the royal family’s jaw-dropping jewels. Also visit Markthall, with its curved glass ceiling that throws natural light on mouth-watering cheeses, breads, meats, sausages, chocolates and pastries. Each fall, Stuttgart hosts Germany’s second-largest Oktoberfest (Munich is the largest), called the Canstatter Volksfest. An excellent day trip is Ludwigsburg, just 45 minutes away, with one of the finest baroque castles in Europe. Many of the 450 rooms spread over 18 buildings can be toured for displays of opulent 18th- and 19thcentury furnishings, royal clothing and porcelain. A huge garden is the setting for summer concerts.

AUDI FORUM Audi moved here from what became East Germany after World War II in order to be in the Americansupervised sector of Germany, allowing it to market cars more easily in the USA. It was a smart move and a fitting home for a brand whose dedication to purity of technology and design matches Germany’s famous beer purity law, written in 1516 in Ingolstadt and observed to this day. Audi founder August Horch had been a production manager for Carl Benz before splitting off to form

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THE BEAUTY OF SPEED DISCOVERY TOUR AT THE AUDI MUSEUM SHOWCASES THE MARQUE’S DESIGNS THROUGHOUT THE 20TH CENTURY; AUDI RACECAR.

his own company in 1903, making luxury vehicles similar to what Gottlieb Daimler was producing. He sold the company to his partners a few years later to start a new one but lost the rights to use his name. Horch means “hark” (“to listen” in German), so he launched the new company with the Latin equivalent, Audi. Soon after, Audi Automobilwerke merged with DKW and Wanderer Auto Union. During the Depression, Auto Union merged with the orginal Horch company, reviving the Audi name. Audi’s four-ring logo represents the four merged brands. Significant models of each are on display at the Forum. They include several by the ubiquitous engineer/designer Ferdinand Porsche, who freelanced for just about everybody before forming his own company focusing on racing and sports cars. Arranged mostly by brand, a prominent area is devoted to the Quattro, the world’s first massproduced full-time all-wheeldrive vehicle. This is the postwar achievement that put Audi on the automotive map. A 1982 model on display is a five-cylinder in-line 200 hp turbo version. It helped launch Audi into a sporty, highperformance brand. Other significant vehicles include a 1931 DKW Front F1 Roadster, the

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world’s first mass-produced frontwheel-drive vehicle and the least expensive vehicle on the German market at the time, and the 1965 Auto Union 1000 Sp Roadster, with a one-piece wraparound panorama windshield that was revolutionary in its day. Although the exterior was modeled on the Ford Thunderbird’s, the engine wasn’t. The Auto Union’s puny 3-cylinder in-line, 2-stroke engine had a top speed of 87 mph, compared with the T-Bird’s basic and hunky 300 hp V8 powerhouse offered that same year. The star of the exhibit may be the cream-yellow and black 1932 Horch 670 Sport-Cabriolet, the first V12 produced by Horch, featuring sinuous, sweeping fender lines. The hydraulic valve-clearance adjuster was ahead of its time. Only 58 vehicles were produced. Rarer still is the 1938 Horch 855 Special Roadster, in gleaming black, one of only seven produced, with a front end long enough to house an 8-cylinder in-line engine that could kick out 120 hp at 3,600 rpm. It is exhibited near a fascinating cutaway of a 1925 Audi Type M Pullman Limousine, exposing the handcrafted wooden body. The Audi Forum is open daily, as are its restaurants. Factory tours include the paint shop and the A3 assembly line, available weekdays

only. www.audi.com/foren/en/audiforum-ingolstadt/audi-museummobile.html

PICK UP YOUR NEW AUDI IN INGOLSTADT Audi continues to offer European delivery for customers who purchase the vehicle from a U.S. dealer, getting a 5 percent discount off MSRP along


with the opportunity to drive the new car around Europe on a vacation and drop it off in one of 17 cities. From there, Audi will ship it to your U.S. dealer. The program also includes an overnight in a hotel, a factory tour, breakfast and lunch at the Forum, instruction by an Audi specialist on how to make the most of the vehicle’s technical features, and driving tips unique to Germany.

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AUDI S5 SPORTBACK AND CABRIOLET BY DOM MILIANO

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THE S5 SPORTBACK’S PREMIER AMENITIES INCLUDE AUDI VIRTUAL COCKPIT, BANG & OLUFSEN SOUND SYSTEM AND A HEAD-UP DISPLAY THAT CAN PROJECT KEY INFORMATION ONTO THE WINDSHIELD.

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A Audi is one of the fastest-growing premium automobile brands in the United States. In fact, Audi was the only premium manufacturer in the U.S. to grow steadily in 2017. Sales were up 7.8 from 2016 to 226,511 units. December 2017 saw Audi celebrate its 84th record-breaking month in a row. Pundits caution that if you’re standing still, you’re really moving backward. So instead of just popping the champagne corks, Audi got back to work and is presenting what many will see as a daring new car for the American market: the S5 Sportback.

Hatching A Plot Alleged experts forewarn carmakers that America doesn’t like hatchbacks. I can’t tell you why they think this — I have owned several — but for the so-called opinion makers, attaching the word hatchback to a vehicle is like wearing a tuxedo with white socks and brown shoes. So not cool! Maybe they demur because originally hatchbacks were lowpriced, gas-and-go economy cars. Naturally, Audi must have heeded those canards because they have wisely called their new S5 a Sportback. “Sport” sounds much

more appealing than “hatch!” Even so, when you squint at this new model, you will see a wide, useful and beautifully executed, ahem, hatch. No apologies needed, by the way.

Seeing Is Believing The new S5 Sportback is truly striking. The clever way Audi’s designers integrated the innovative rear opening into the A5 design reminds you more of their sexy two-door coupe than the four-door sedan. When I was walking around my local Audi dealer’s lot, I initially mistook the Sportback for the

THE EXTERIOR OF THE S5 SPORTBACK BOASTS A SLEEK DESIGN WITH A SLOPING ROOFLINE, LED HEADLIGHTS AND TAILLIGHTS, 19-INCH WHEELS AND MUCH MORE.

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THE S5 SPORTBACK DELIVERS POWER WITHOUT SACRIFICING FUEL EFFICIENCY

THE INTERIOR OF THE S5 SPORTBACK FEATURES A TECHSAVVY DASHBOARD THAT INCLUDES A 12.3-INCH DISPLAY SO DRIVERS CAN ACCESS NAVIGATION, AUDIO AND DRIVING MODES.

coupe. Only after I learned to look for the distinctive brushed aluminum accent “swoosh” surrounding the small rear windows was I able to spot one from a distance. Of course, Audi didn’t build the S5 Sportback to tweak the noses of hatchback critics. They know that all premium automobile buyers don’t need an SUV such as their Q series vehicles. They realize too that these buyers only occasionally need extra space to carry passengers, tote luggage for a weekend getaway or take trips to the links with their clubs. The S5 Sportback has a generous 22 cubic feet of cargo space behind its backseat. I call that SUV-like practicality in an Armani suit.

When “S” Goes Before “A” The Audi A5 is a dandy: beautiful, safe and comfortable. If you drive

one, I’m betting you’ll love it. The V-6 motor delivers 273 lb-ft of torque and 252 hp. When equipped with a seven-speed S-tronic® dualclutch automatic transmission, it can zip to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The A5 Coupe is available with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. How neat is that? (I’m smiling as I type since my personal Audi daily-drive is so equipped.) As pleasing as the A5 is, though, the S5 tops it. Blessed with an innovative, more powerful motor, the all-new V-6 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, produces 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s 81 hp more than the A5 and 21 more than the supercharged V-6 that drove the previous S5s. While horsepower means just numbers on a page to some, the new motor delivers real-world

benefits that translate into improved performance: 0-60 happens in 4.3 seconds, and the S5 Sportback’s quarter-mile top speed is 108 mph. That’s quite impressive for a four-door luxury car and stronger than many other cars with sporting pretensions. Exciting acceleration is important because, even though this isn’t a car designed for the rigors of the racetrack, getting safely and quickly onto the parkway is an easier, more stress-free jaunt. Thanks to Audi’s remarkable technology designed into the allnew 8-speed tiptronic transmission, precise fuel injection and turbocharging, the S5 Sportback delivers power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Even simplesounding technological tweaks, such as the transmission’s switching to an efficient “freewheeling” mode when the driver lifts off the gas pedal at

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highway speeds, will benefit owners when they visit the gas pump. You might be surprised to learn that the powerful and luxurious S5 Sportback has earned an EPA highway rating of 30-mpg, 21-mpg city and a combined estimate of 24 mpg.

with minimal brake intervention. Also available to buyers looking for the maximum sporty grip is the optional sport differential which distributes torque between the rear wheels during brisk cornering just like world-class racecars.

Get A Grip

Suspend Your Belief

An acquaintance of mine and fellow car geek has a house buried deep in the frosty hills of the lower Hudson Valley. In the winter months, the roads are slick, gravel-covered and snowy. In his garage, you’ll find not one or two Audis, but three. He enthuses that the strength of Audi’s chassis and the sure grip of Quattro technology have made him a confirmed believer. As Philip the Good of Burgundy is alleged to have said about his wines: “None other will I have.” Deep inside, the S5 Sportback, despite luxury accommodations and on-road prowess, is still a Quattro. Audi claims that its allwheel-drive technology makes a major contribution to the car’s sporty handling. Like a racecar, it distributes the power slightly more to the rear wheels in normal driving conditions. Racecar drivers love that. If needed, the majority of the engine’s power can be directed to the axle with the better traction. Audi calls this “wheel-select” torque control and states it optimizes handling and stability in fast corners

A lot of people think that horsepower is the secret to a great car. However, if you ask an experienced racecar driver for an opinion, you’ll hear words such as neutral balance, predictable handling and suspension refinement as often as you hear about the engine. These elusive but extremely important characteristics derive from how well the car’s suspension has been integrated into the overall design. Audi realizes this and has given the S5 Sportback an all-new S sport suspension. This includes monotube shock absorbers (i.e., dampers) and a five-link suspension at both the front and rear. Through the magic of their adaptive Drive Select system, Audi’s continuous damping control (CDC) allows the driver to manage the characteristics of the engine and suspension over a wide variety of driving conditions. Audi knows its customers, so they don’t expect many to take their S5 Sportback to racetrack driving events. In real-world driving, however, the S5 Sportback delivers crisp and entertaining handling.

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GO TOP DOWN IN THE S5 CABRIOLET WITH LUXE FEATURES INCLUDING A 252-HP TURBOCHARGED ENGINE, ALUMINUM TRIMARAN INLAYS AND EXCEPTIONAL HI-TECH EXTRAS.

To add to the fun, if you enjoy the challenges of driving briskly on twisty two-lane blacktop, I recommend you order the $2,500 S Sport package. It includes a technology right from the exotic sports cars called torque vectoring. Having driven cars with and without this technology on a racetrack, I can attest you will want the help of torque vectoring when you’re in a tight corner! Despite the nearly 1.0-g lateral grip possible with the right rubber (i.e., summer performance tires), the S5 Sportback’s ride is firm without being harsh. We all know that’s really important when driving in our metro area’s mean streets!


Safe Not Sorry Too many people equate automotive safety with size, mass and crash strength alone. These are known as passive safety features. As is typical of German cars (because of autobahn high speeds), Audis have always had both world-class passive safety features and significant active safety features as well. The highly responsive handling and powerful brakes, standard on the S5 Sportback, are active safety features owners will use regularly. Being able to react quickly to steer around an incident or stop well before an obstacle means you may never need

any of Audi’s legendary passive safety strengths. Speaking of crash safety, as I write this the S5 Sportback is still too new to be tested by the government or the insurance safety group. However, standard on all S5 Sportbacks are front and rear automatic emergency braking technologies, front-facing collision warnings, rear-end cross-traffic monitoring and alerts, blind-spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors. Desirable safety options such as adaptive cruise control (it applies the brakes if traffic ahead slows), lane-keeping

assist and automatic high-beam headlights are included in the Driver Assistance package but only for the Prestige models. All of that tells me that the S5 Sportback is a typical Audi: safe and secure.

Have A Seat Although the S5 Sportback’s new exterior is the first thing you notice, the inside hasn’t been neglected. Shoulder room for the driver and front-seat passenger has been expanded, as has the all-important knee room for those in the rear seat. There are three climate-control zones, so even your most sensitive

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companions will find a temperature to make them happy. In addition to the heated front seats with massage functions, two optional features I love are the heated steering wheel and cooled front seats. If I were ordering an S5 Sportback, I would tick those boxes on the order form.

Road Ready I managed to snag a test drive in a 2018 Audi S5 Sportback in time for our editorial deadline. Sitting behind the wheel, I took in the stylish, crisp and inviting interior. The seats, complete with the massaging option, were beautiful (love the contrast stitching), supportive and comfortable. A quick press of the START button brought the powerful V-6 to life followed by a neat rumble at idle. I set the mode switch to Dynamic and took off on the twisty back roads of northern New Jersey. Steering was crisp and precise, allowing me easily to place the car in the corner exactly where I wanted it. On an open stretch, I used the paddle shifters to downshift to second and then blasted up through redline. The turbocharged motor responded and I was in “Sorry officer, I won’t do this again” territory! On a more practical side, the rear-seat room was comfortable for normal-sized adults. I was worried that the Sportback roofline would

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be too low, but my six-foot, snackenlarged frame fit nicely. The trunk space, without lowering the back seat, is cavernous. After folding away the panels and backseat, I saw SUV levels of carrying space. After my all-too-short drive, I brought the car back, reluctantly. As I walked to my personal Audi A3,

I glanced over my shoulder a few times admiringly, something I think all owners will do too.

One More Thing Along with the new S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback, Audi is offering a restyled S5 Cabriolet. For 2018, it features an acoustic folding roof that helps


absorb the noise normally associated with other drop-top automobiles. Thanks to its strength and the technology employed, the roof can be raised at up to 31 mph. Like the S5 Sportback, the Cabriolet is powered by a 354-hp turbocharged V-6 motor and offers similar performance figures for 0-60 and quarter-mile times.

One great feature unique to the S5 Cabriolet are small heating vents that blow warm air at the back of your neck when you go top down on a chilly day. When you design a removable top, you have to add back strength to the body that was lost when the roof was taken away. Audi claims that the S5 Cabriolet is 40 percent

more rigid than last year’s model. That means the driver doesn’t have to give up the sure-footed handling of the hardtop to enjoy ragtop refreshment. The Audi S5 Sportback and Cabriolet are sweet rides and welcome additions to the Audi stable.

COUNTERCLOCKWISE: THE S5 SPORTBACK CAN FIT UP TO FOUR PASSENGERS AND IS OUTFITTED WITH PREMIUM LEATHER SEATS; CENTER CONSOLE AND EXPANSIVE WING-DESIGN DASHBOARD; THE EXTERIOR BOASTS A SLEEK DESIGN WITH A FOLDING ROOF, 19-INCH WHEELS AND LED LIGHTS.

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HÚSAVÍK, ICELAND’S MOST POPULATED NORTHEASTERN TOWN, IS KNOWN FOR ITS QUAINT CHURCH AND SUPERB WHALE WATCHING.

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BE CAPTIVATED BY PRISTINE LANDSCAPES, STAGGERING NATURAL BEAUTY, DELICIOUS FOOD AND AN EMERGING ART SCENE. BY EMMA REYNOLDS

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ICELAND HAS BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S coolest travel destinations. There’s never a bad time to visit this Nordic island nation. Contrary to its name, Iceland has a relatively green landscape, albeit full of national parks, volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs. Unlike that of its frigid neighbor Greenland, Iceland’s climate is characterized by damp, cool summers and mild but windy winters. By far the most popular times to travel here are June through August, when there are 24 hours of Arctic sun. September through October is an alluring time too, when tourist traffic has died down. From the Blue Lagoon and Viking history in Reykjavik to the national parks in Skaftafell, here are your must-visits. HALLGRIMSKIRKJA IS REYKJAVIK’S MAIN CHURCH WITH A NATIONALIST ARCHITECTURE DESIGN.

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Reykjavik Iceland’s capital is its largest city and by far the most frequently visited. With a population of 123,000, this is one of the greenest, cleanest and safest cities in the world. Although it’s relatively small, Reykjavik’s culture and eventful celebrations attract people from across the world. STAY When it comes to accommodations, Airbnb is easily the most favored option for travelers, though the city also is home to incredibly luxe hotels. If a hotel experience better suits you, the 101 Hotel aims to impress. This art-focused, 38-room establishment offers a modern stay. Contemporary furnishings and a collection of local artwork are regularly on display. After spending the day touring the city, guests can relax with a basement gym, spa with steam bath, plunge pool and hot tub. In-room spa treatments are available as well. The Reykjavik Marina Residence offers seven plush suites inside two historic refurbished houses. The modern rooms, each named after an Icelandic ship, feature antique and contemporary furnishings complemented by an old-century style. Expect sea views and a minibar with Icelandic snacks and organic


THE FAMOUS BLUE LAGOON IN REYKJAVIK IS KNOWN FOR ITS WARM BLUE WATER AND HEALING MINERALS.

salmon maki and salt cod. If you’re in a rush, the à la carte menu is nothing short of amazing. A local staple, Vid Tjörnina is an old and charming restaurant specializing in, you guessed it, seafood. Opened in 1986, it’s still owned by the family who founded it. Classic Icelandic recipes are served, so if you’re up for the challenge, you can indulge in fermented shark meat, Icelandic lamb fillet or skyr. There’s rarely an empty seat, as this is one of the city’s most frequented dining spots.

toiletries. This stay is for those who appreciate history as much as design. The Alda Hotel, which opened in 2014, is located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Upscale yet modestly priced, this is a hub for locals who gather for drinks in the Barber Bar in the lobby. The minimalist space features a simple design, with a color scheme of white, gray and the occasional pop of red. Because it’s located in the center of the city, there’s much to do within walking distance of the hotel. EAT Although Iceland has become increasingly popular with U.S. travelers, don’t expect the restaurants to be fully Americanized. Mostly on the menu is seafood, including whale and shark dishes, as

well as savory sides washed down with potent shots of hooch. On the pricey side, DILL Restaurant’s Northern European fare delights the senses. Located in Nordic House, one of Reykjavik’s premier cultural venues, here guests can experience Chef Gunnar Karl Gislason’s creative dishes. Classic Nordic ingredients with a twist, such as meatballs and plokkfiskur (a hearty fish stew), are staples, but the menu changes weekly with three, five and seven courses available. If you want the best Icelandic fish, look no further than Fiskmarkaðurinn, or Fish Market, which stays true to Icelandic culinary staples such as seafood, lamb and local dairy, but served with an Asian twist. There’s a nine-course tasting menu available, featuring dishes like scallop sashimi,

DO Reykjavik is home to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa which has taken social media by storm. Located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, the silicaand sulfur-heavy water boasts skin benefits and is ideal for enjoying picturesque scenery. One of the city’s most impressive structures is Hallgrimskirkja, a church situated at the city’s highest point. Built between 1941 and 1986, this is the city’s stab at nationalist architecture. The can’t-miss destination is important, as it is one of Iceland’s more modern designfocused structures. While touring cultural landmarks, don’t forget to stop in the Viking Maritime Museum to learn about Iceland’s rich history. Reykjavik’s Golden Circle provides glimpses of the natural landscape,

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including erupting geysers, sheer glacial cliffs, cascading waterfalls and extinct volcanoes. Travelers will love the culturally rich art and music scene of Reykjavik. Over the years, the city has garnered international recognition as a creative hub for visual artists. Gallerí Fold has earned its reputation since 1990 as Iceland’s leading exhibition and auction house. Art enthusiasts can enjoy works from Iceland’s most talented artists, such as Harry Bilson, whose work was chosen to represent Art Copenhagen in 2013. Kling & Bang is another gallery known for highlighting emerging and established artists with thought-provoking pieces in a variety of media. Started by 10 artists of different backgrounds, the mission of the space is “to introduce emerging and established, national and international artists and their works, that challenge the context and content of creative thinking.” Other galleries recommended for art aficionados include i8 Gallery, Gallerí Bakarí, ASÍ Art Museum and Reykjavik Art Museum.

Skaftafell You’ll feel as if you entered Jurassic Park when you visit Skaftafell, the preservation area in Öræfi in southeast Iceland, part of

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Vatnajökull National Park. Spanning more than 12,000 kilometers, this is home to some of Iceland’s most exquisite landscapes. Skaftafell National Park welcomes travelers of all hiking levels to the expansive terrain, glaciers and volcanoes. The preservation area has geography similar to that of the Alps and has been naturally scarred by both fire and water (volcanoes and glaciers). Campsites are available throughout the national park.

Vik iMirdal This remote seafront village in southernmost Iceland is a far cry from bustling Reykjavik. Located 110 miles south of the capital city, the modest town sits in the shadow of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which lies directly atop the Katla volcano. Vík í Mýrdal has a little more than 300 residents, but it’s a picturesque stop as you travel across the country.


Visitors will love the black basalt sand beaches, one of the wettest places in Iceland, and their most popular inhabitant, the puffin. Vík í Mýrdal is the country’s warmest place with an average annual temperature of 41.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite short, cool summers and cold (but not severe) winters, it has the heaviest rainfall in the country. Besides the breathtaking views, enjoy the city’s football club, historic church and wool factory, open to tours.

Husavik As the largest town in northeast Iceland, Húsavík is a great destination for those seeking a cultural narrative of the country. This is the site of the first settlement in Iceland, when a viking visitor came for a winter and then left behind a man and two slaves who established a farm. The most important structure is the wooden

church, renowned as one of the country’s prime locations for whale watching. Be sure to visit the Húsavík Whale Museum and take in the city’s rich Viking history, just two more reasons why Iceland is a nature and history buff’s paradise. (TOP LEFT) SEAFOOD FROM THE POPULAR FISH MARKET; LOCAL NOSH FROM DILL RESTAURANT; i8 GALLERY IS ONE OF REYKJAVIK’S MOST CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES; (ABOVE) GORGEOUS VIEW FROM REYKJAVIK’S 101 HOTEL.

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IN THE CIRCLE

ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER & AUCTION BERGEN FAMILY CENTER Bergen Family Center, Bergen County’s oldest family service agency, celebrated its Annual Awards Dinner & Auction at the Rockleigh Country Club last November. Hosted by Jen Mayfield of WNBC, the evening honored several people and companies for their continued support to the organization and its affiliate programs. Benzel-Busch was one of the honorees, and President J. Agresta was on site to accept the award on behalf of the dealership. Other honorees included C. Peter Croonquist, Kelly Sacks and Miyako Schwartz.

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SPORT FOR GOOD NYC LAUNCH AT NIKE HQ LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD FOUNDATION USA Laureus USA has teamed up with Nike to launch Sport for Good New York City, their long-term commitment to strengthening youth in the five boroughs of New York City through the power of sport. The foundation hosted the official launch at Nike New York Headquarters, where more then 200 supporters came to learn about the future plans of the initiative and the positive impact it will have on Sport for Good programs citywide. The reception featured networking time as well as an engaging panel discussion “Collective Community Impact Through Sport.”

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IN THE NEWS

RACE TO MOTORSPORT UPDATES Drivers, get ready to gear up and start your engines! Thanks to the latest app, RACE Scout, finding an open spot on a racing team will soon become easier than going from 0 to 60. Developed by Mercedes-AMG in collaboration with innovators at Daimler’s Lab 1886, RACE Scout unofficially launched at this year’s Dubai 24-hour race. How does it work? Drivers sign up to create a profile through the app. Once a profile is registered, users can search various race events, tracks and cars from GT3 and GT4 races to see if there is an open spot (racing teams will also have the capability to view drivers’ profiles). RACE Scout has an in-app messaging system that connects users instantly. “In the process, bringing teams and race drivers together is only

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the first step,” explains Tobias Moers, chairman of the board of management of MercedesAMG GmbH. “At the next levels, the range of functions is to grow continuously. We want to address further target groups such as engineers, mechanics, instructors or sponsors and organizers.

Everywhere in international motorsport where the supply of know-how or services is required, RACE Scout is providing the new central platform.” RACE Scout will officially launch this April and be available for free download on iOS-compatible platforms.


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THE G-CLASS IS “STRONGER THAN TIME” At this year’s Northern American International Auto Show (NAIAS), luxury marques were not the only astounding exhibits. To celebrate its latest launch, Mercedes-Benz installed the “world’s biggest installation of synthetic resin” featuring the 280 GE, released in 1979, on display inside. The

“Stronger Than Time” display weighs in at 44.4 tons and took some 90 days to complete. “The amber cube puts the uniqueness of the G-Class in a nutshell,” explains Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, head of the off-road vehicle product unit at MercedesBenz. “Our cult off-road vehicle has been continuously evolving for nearly 40 years without losing its character of core values. Its DNA is stronger than time and any trend fashion. The cube expresses this to

stunning effect and thus embodies the objective for advancing the G-Class.” The all-new G-Class transforms the beloved vehicle into a contemporary spectacle while retaining aspects customers love. The NAIAS won’t be the only opportunity for customers to view the “Stronger Than Time” display. According to Mercedes-Benz, the exhibit will be appear in other markets where the G-Class is launching.


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AUDI BECOMES “UNITED” WITH D.C. This year marks the exciting sponsorship between Audi and D.C. United, the soccer team of our nation’s capital. After years of being the official vehicle sponsor of Major League Soccer, Audi decided to elevate its involvement and establish its own branded facility. Welcome to Audi Field. “We are excited to work with D.C. United and to continue our support of soccer in America as

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well as the community near our northern Virginia headquarters,” says Loren Angelo, vice president of marketing at Audi of America. “This commitment helps Audi connect with passionate soccer fans of all ages and the greater community through unique experiences that continue to elevate their excitement in America’s fastest-growing sport.” The 500,000-square-foot, state-ofthe-art stadium will have no shortage

of luxurious options. Along with a 20,000 seating capacity, the stadium boasts 31 suites, 2,000 all-inclusive seats, premium food and beverages overseen by famed Chef José Andrés, a rooftop patio with picturesque views of D.C. and an indoor/outdoor patio. Audi Field is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 14, when D.C. United takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps. For more information, visit www.AudiFieldDC.com.


AUDI TAKES HOME THE GOLD The 2018 Audi A4 has been riding in the spotlight ever since being named Luxury Car of the Year by Cars.com. It’s no surprise that the premier automobile has taken home this top spot, as it’s been creating chatter in the industry from the time it landed on the market. Vehicles awarded this honor are assessed in three major categories:

quality, innovation and value. The Audi A4 excels in all of these. “The versatility and competency of the A4 are unshakable, and combined with unwavering interior material quality, the A4 remains an outstanding luxury car,” according to Cars.com. Outfitted with a 252-hp engine and a capability of

0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, the Audi A4 is powerful, to say the least. Mixing superior performance capabilities with technologies such as all-wheel drive, trafficsign recognition, top-view camera angles and active lane assist (to name just a few), the Audi A4 aims to be nothing less than the ultimate driving experience.


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BENZEL-BUSCH IS NUMBER ONE AGAIN Benzel-Busch prides itself on superior customer service, which is why being recognized as the 2018 Dealer of the Year by DealerRater — the world’s leading car-dealer review website — is extraordinarily rewarding. “Benzel-Busch Mercedes-Benz is very proud to be recognized as the U.S. Dealer of the Year by DealerRater,” says J. Agresta, president of Benzel-Busch. “Our business is dedicated to offering unparalleled customer care in all areas and nothing less. To be

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honored based upon customer ratings makes this award especially gratifying. We invite everyone in the region to experience our elevated commitment to our valued clients.” This is the second consecutive year Benzel-Busch has been named Dealer of the Year. The award is based on reviews on DealerRater.com. Other factors such as “customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience” also determine the winner. Even to be considered for Dealer of the Year, dealerships

must have 25 reviews and average a minimum four-star rating. Benzel-Busch offers premier services, including a VIP drive-up valet service, a coffee bar for guests to enjoy beverages as they browse, a tech-based lounge area and, most importantly, a dedicated staff who wants their customers to have the very best driving experience. “This year’s Dealer of the Year Award winners stood out because of their dedication to providing superior customer service,” says Jamie Oldershaw, general manager of DealerRater. “Today, deals are won and lost on experience, and it’s clear from their online reviews that these dealerships understand how to take care of their customers.” To experience the high-level service BenzelBusch offers, visit their flagship location at 28 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631 or call (201) 720-6411.


BENZEL-BUSCH CONNECTS PASSENGERS TO NEW TECH-SAVVY APP Benzel-Busch continues to stand at the forefront of the auto industry with the recent launch of its Parametric Messenger Badge. Developed in conjunction with Single Throw Marketing, a digital agency in Wall Township, NJ, this savvy technology connects drivers to the dealership using the Facebook messenger app and the all-new Parametric Messenger Badge affixed to the back of any Benzel-Busch vehicle. Once in the Facebook messenger app, all customers have to do is hover their smartphones over the badge and they will be instantly connected to the service team, where they can chat, text or leave a message. “The new Parametric Messenger Badge greatly benefits current and next-generation motorists by providing unequaled convenience of direct communication and furthers our mission to provide the absolute best customer service possible,” says Benzel-Busch President J. Agresta. “If there is a way we can stay better connected and provide better service to today’s and tomorrow’s customers, we’re going to do it.” This revolutionary application is one-of-a-kind and will help

streamline the process of connecting customers to the service department as needed. The new badge, which Benzel-Busch will be switching out for customers, has the same circular design as the original badge’s. “We invite everyone, whether you are an existing or future customer, to engage with us using

this exciting new technology provided by Single Throw Marketing,” says Agresta. “We look forward to this being one of the many innovations Benzel-Busch brings to the market with Single Throw Marketing in our continuing efforts to elevate the expectations of our customers and the car-buying public.”


SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

THE FUTURE IS NOW

THE LAUNCH OF FLIPAUTO, BENZEL-BUSCH’S PROPRIETARY SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, REVOLUTIONIZES THE CAR OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE.

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enzel-Busch is renowned for unmatched customer service. With its latest program launch, the dealership sets the bar even higher. Its new luxury subscription service, FlipAuto, transforms car leasing into something altogether new. This program is the future, and Benzel-Busch has helped pave the way for it. FlipAuto, the white-glove concierge automobile service, allows members to lease a car without being locked into a long-term contract. Not only are customers able to select a Benzel-Busch vehicle to drive on a monthly basis, but FlipAuto also grants them the opportunity to “flip” to another vehicle in the fleet. If you want to drive a convertible to the beach or a larger vehicle to go skiing in the mountains with friends, you can do so without any additional costs. “If you lease a car, you’re stuck in the lease for 36 months or whatever the terms of the lease are,” says

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Benzel-Busch President J. Agresta. “There’s really not much you can do about it if you want to try to get out early. You’d have to pay your way out and that could be expensive. With this subscription, you’re just paying for 30 days at a time. There’s no further commitment, and there’s no penalty for dropping out.” Members will have access to the entire fleet of BenzelBusch luxury autos, everything from SUV’s and sedans to convertibles and mini-vans within each selected tier. The service’s flat rate not only includes access to the fleet, but also covers mileage, maintenance and insurance. Best of all is the program’s high-class service. When you flip your car, instead of having to go to the dealership, the new vehicle will be delivered directly to your home — clean, fueled and ready to go, all through your phone. “We’re bringing everything over to you whether you’re at home, at the office or wherever else you may


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be, and switching everything over for you from one car to the other,” says Agresta. “We’re trying to provide concierge-type service with this subscription program.” FlipAuto is operated by a tech-savvy app that allows clients to delegate vehicle preferences, view the fleet inventory, select vehicles to flip to, and schedule pickup or deliveries. Currently, only a handful of dealerships are offering this service, but Agresta enthuses it will likely expand beyond the metropolitan area. In the future, he hopes to partner with other dealerships nationwide offering FlipAuto so clientele can always be connected to Benzel-Busch’s high-quality service anywhere in the U.S. “In essence, anytime you go on vacation — like if you fly to Los Angeles for the week — you wouldn’t have to suspend your subscription program here in New York,” says Agresta. “The dealer that’s responsible for the fleet in California would just bring you a car out

there. Instead of having to rent a car, you’d have access to a car anytime you need it, and that would be built into the all-in price.” FlipAuto will launch at Benzel-Busch this April. Customers interested in signing up can contact the dealership directly at (201) 720-6411 or visit 28 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ.

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IN THE KNOW

THE HUDSON VALLEY A Cup of the Valley April 22, 11 AM-5 PM Marriott Pavilion, Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY Johnny Mac Memorial Golf Tournament June 4, 9:30 AM West Point Golf Course West Point, New York 14th Annual Mountain Jam June 15-17 Hunter Mountain Resort Hunter Mountain, NY Bounty of the Hudson June 16, 12-5 PM Ulster County Fairgrounds New Paltz, NY Putnam County Wine & Food Fest August 25-26 Patterson Fire Department Patterson, NY

Art in Bloom & Gala Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Montclair Art Museum’s biennial event, Art in Bloom. The week-long exhibit, open to the public from May 16-20, will showcase stunning floral designs inspired by the museum’s various art pieces. The exhibit is not the only exciting

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ART IN BLOOM & GALA

aspect of Art in Bloom, however. MAM also will be holding a separate special gala event on Saturday, May 19 that will honor three patrons: philanthropist Rose Cali, president of Montclair State University Dr. Susan Cole and artist Kay WalkingStick. WHEN: May 16-20 (Art in Bloom), May 19 (Gala) WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ VISIT: www.MontclairArt Museum.org/ArtinBloom10 Meadowlands Racetrack’s 3rd Annual Beerfest Say cheers to Meadowlands Racetrack’s 3rd Annual Beerfest! Featuring more than 30 breweries, guests will be able to sample each beer,

receive a testing glass and listen to educational seminars. WHEN: May 19 WHERE: Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ VISIT: www.Meadowlands Racetrack.com Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend Say hello to the perfect springtime weekend event! The Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden showcases the quintessential highlight of spring: flourishing flowers. Guests can view more than 300,000 daffodils on Daffodil Hill while sipping wine from various New York vineyards. As


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they walk about, they also can listen to live tunes, learn about the botany of wine and take in the serene atmosphere. WHEN: April 30, 12-4 PM WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY VISIT: www.NYBG.org/Event/ Daffodil-Celebration-and-WineWeekend Benzel-Busch Concert Series: Tom Jones Take a step back into the ‘60s with a performance by the Grammy Award–winning singer Tom Jones. As part of the Benzel-Busch Concert Series at BergenPAC, Jones will perform live alongside the band Into the Ark. Singing top hits such as It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat? and Delilah, Jones will have you moving and grooving in your seat.

WHEN: May 4, 8 PM WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ VISIT: www.BergenPAC.org/ Events/Detail/Tom-Jones

UPCOMING BENZEL-BUSCH SPONSORED EVENTS Rock the River 2018 May 6 Rubin’s Run/JCC May 14 Corporate Fun Run May 31 Tenafly 5K June 3 Meals on Wheels/ Jewish Family Home June 17

THE HAMPTONS 20th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic June 4, 10 AM-10 PM Atlantic Golf Club Bridgehampton, NY 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball June 23, 6-11 PM Southampton Arts Center Southampton, NY 25th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction July 28, 6 PM Watermill Center Water Mill, NY Summer Gala August 10 Guild Hall East Hampton, NY 2018 Hampton Classic August 26-September 2 Bridgehampton, NY

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NUMBERS

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124

Number of years Mercedes-Benz has been in

Number of city MPGe the 2018 smart fortwo electric drive passion coupe gets

4,741

existence. Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach and Emil Jellinek founded the brand in 1926

THREE Number of models Mercedes-Benz showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The highlighted vehicles were the Concept EQA, smart vision EQ fortwo and the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Height in feet of the Schöckl Mountain in Graz, Austria. According to Mercedes-Benz, this mountain is used as its test track when developing new G-Class vehicles

Number of titles Audi Sport customer racing secured in 2017

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TWENTY THOUSAND Number of fans who could fit into Audi Field

MERCEDES-BENZ TESTED ITS ALL-NEW G-CLASS VEHICLES DRIVING UP SCHÖCKL, A MOUNTAIN OUTSIDE OF GRAZ IN AUSTRIA.


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JOHNNY MAC SOLDIERS FUND

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fter Colonel John “Johnny Mac” McHugh — a 24-year career Army aviator — was killed in action on a routine training mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, his West Point classmates united to ensure his spirit lived on. Education was always of the utmost importance to Colonel McHugh. He was married with five kids and wanted them to have the opportunity to receive a higher education. Friends of McHugh raised money to allow his kids to pursue this dream. In 2014, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund was established, with the stated mission of granting scholarships to military family members and veterans. Since then, the organization has donated more than $7.5 million and helped more than a thousand recipients pave the path to their futures. Highways spoke with MaryEllen Picciuto, a U.S. Army veteran and current president of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, about how the organization has affected the lives of so many and plans to continue to do so well into the future. Tell our readers about the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and how it’s keeping the legacy of Colonel John M. McHugh alive. It began as a small effort to help one fallen classmate’s family; it quickly transformed into a mission to help as many military families as possible. Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund was created in 2014 to give back to those who gave, especially those who gave their all, like Johnny Mac. He was our West Point classmate and friend. Now, he is symbolic of all who have served and sacrificed.

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How does partnering with other nonprofit organizations, like TAPS, help propel Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund to new levels? Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund gets money for all of its scholarships through nonprofit partner organizations that align with our mission and values. We have a thorough vetting process to evaluate other organizations’ leaders, fiscal responsibility and transparency, as well as their record of results. By relying on partners to administer our individual scholarships, we keep our overhead very low and our focus on raising more funds. We’ve found this is a very efficient way to accomplish our mission and quickly deliver meaningful support to those who need it now.

MARYELLEN PICCIUTO, PRESIDENT OF THE JOHNNY MAC SOLDIERS FUND.


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Mercedes-Benz is one of the organization’s national sponsors. How have they supported the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund? Mercedes-Benz began its national sponsorship of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in 2016 with a promise to make a donation to the fund for every Mercedes-Benz vehicle sold in the U.S. In 2017, Mercedes delivered on that promise with $2.8 million in funding for eligible military children. In an extra show of support, Mercedes-Benz donated 100 computers to military children of the fallen for their 2017-18 school year. Countless dealerships have rallied to support military families through the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund as well. With Benzel-Busch now in the area, are there any upcoming events or collaborations planned? Each year, we hold the Johnny Mac Memorial Golf Tournament at the West Point Golf Course. This is very close to Mercedes-Benz of Orange County. We’re also

very excited to participate in the grand opening of this new dealership. Give our readers an insider’s look into this year’s golf tournament at West Point. Our fifth annual Johnny Mac Memorial Golf Tournament is coming up on Monday, June 4. We expect to sell out with 32 foursomes at the beautiful course at historic West Point. Of all our events, this tournament is especially meaningful since most of our board members met Johnny Mac when they were West Point cadets. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the memory of Johnny Mac and celebrate his legacy. You can register on our website, www.johnnymac.org. What’s next on the list for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund? This year, we’ve added two new events to our calendar. The Johnny Mac Golf Classic II takes place at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on September 7, and our inaugural Beverly Hills Gala will be held on November 8. Jimmy Kimmel will serve as our gala host. We are very excited about that!

MARYELLEN PICCIUTO WITH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS AT THE JOHNNY MAC SOLDIERS FUND’S RECENT ATLANTA GALA IN OCTOBER 2017.

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What else would you like our readers to know about the organization? There are so many veteran service organizations out there, yet very few have achieved the results of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in such a short span of time. I credit our caring supporters, compelling mission and, indeed, our inspiration, Johnny Mac. As Johnny Mac’s West Point classmates, we will continue to answer the call to serve.


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