Kentucky Driving Adventure October 13-16, 2017

The Western Reserve Section of the Mercedes Benz Club of America cordially invites you to join us in a MBCA Regional Event taking place Friday, October 13th through Monday, October 16th.  Come enjoy many interesting venues and witness the turning of the leaves and a final drive before the snow flies. 

This event will kick off with a party and tour at Bernie Moreno’s Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. The Kentucky Driving Adventure will also feature tours of the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Manufacturing Plant, two distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Frozen Niagara Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park, and will end with a tour of the National Corvette Museum and a hot buffet and awards celebration at the Corvette Café.  We have special rates available at each of our host hotels.

Kentucky Driving Adventure Info Page

If you would like additional information or if you have questions please contact Tour Director Allan B. Pintner at or 1.216.548.9077. 

Here’s a detailed look at the tour schedule:

Friday October 13th

The Kentucky Driving Adventure will officially start with a party and tour at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, KY beginning at 4:00 PM. This dealership has won the coveted Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Award three separate times. For those tour participants with the ability to arrive earlier in the afternoon there will be a special opportunity to visit the Vent Haven Museum, also in Fort Mitchell, KY

Saturday October 14th

The Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory are a combined group tour.  At the Slugger facility you may roam the museum at your own pace and you are given a timed ticket for the tour which is guided.  You are given a token souvenir at the Slugger facility and you can buy bats and other items at the gift shop


The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisvilleregion, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby.  At the Derby Museum we will start with a curator/docent talk and explanation and a short movie and then you are permitted to roam on your own time with no time limit.  The tour at the Derby Museum includes a timed ticket for the group to go out to the walk in between the rail and the grandstand–this is also guided. If you love horse racing and in particular the Kentucky Derby you will enjoy this experience. 

You can enjoy watching the movies of the past races.  What could be better than to see a significant historical part of the Nation’s Pastime and see up close the Sport of Kings?  And of course you can find a great souvenir at the gift shop.

Saturday’s activities will conclude with a gourmet plated dinner at the Marriott Louisville East

Sunday October 15th

Our Sunday activities feature tours of 2 famous distilleries.  We will begin by visiting the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY.  where we will get an up close and intimate look at Jim Beam® Bourbon and how it’s made. Guided tours will take you through the entire process, starting with our natural limestone water well and all the way through the mashing, distilling, barreling, aging, and bottling.  And what tour would be complete without a little taste at the end?


After a short drive to Loretto, KY we will tour the Maker’s Mark distillery.  The tour takes about an hour, is mostly outside, and includes quite a bit of walking as well as climbing some stairs. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Guests over 21 will have the opportunity to join in the sampling after the tour.



Monday October 16th

Monday we start with the Frozen Niagara Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park.  This tour is rated easy, and has 18 steps.  It tours the most-photographed area of the park, so be sure to bring your camera.


In the afternoon, we will tour the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.  The museum was established in 1994 with a mission of celebrating the invention of the America’s sports car; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about Corvette. The Museum opened in 1994 and is a 115,000 square foot facility located on a 55 acre campus.  After having toured Mammoth Cave you will find the displays about the Sink Hole at the Corvette Museum particularly interesting.  Again, be sure to bring your camera. 


The Kentucky Driving Adventure will conclude with a buffet dinner at the Corvette Cafe. And look for a surprise at the Holiday Inn Express on Monday night!

Hotel Information

Tour participants will make their own hotel reservations at the hotels noted with the special rates available until September 1, 2017.  Participants should request the Kentucky Driving Adventure room rate at each hotel. 


   All rates include tax

Friday night–Hilton Cincinnati Airport 1.800.445.8667 Ref: Mercedes Benz Club; $132.09

Saturday night–Marriott – Louisville East (502) 318-1707 Ref: Kentucky Driving Adventure; $172.49

August 1st update–A dedicated website is now available to book hotel rooms at this Marriott online. Reservations can be made starting Jul 25, 2017 at this web address:

Sunday night–Fairfield Inn & Suites Elizabethtown 1.270.769.1440 Ref: Kentucky Driving Adventure; $132.09

Monday night–Holiday Inn Express Bowling Green 1.270.843.3200 Ref: Kentucky Driving Adventure; $132.09

Note Please:  Bowling Green is on Central Time; all other hotels are on Eastern Time.


The per-person Entry Fee for the Kentucky Driving Adventure is $225.

The Entry Fee includes participant admissions to the museums and tours; and dinners Friday in Fort Mitchell, Saturday night in Louisville and Monday in Bowling Green. Hotel charges and other meals are not included.

Register and pay online here or by mailing your check payable to Western Reserve Section MBCA to:

Allan B. Pintner, 6543 Mill Road, Brecksville, Ohio   44141.

Note:  participants must sign and return the signature page of this waiver prior to the event.  Print and mail the signature page(s) to Allan at the address above.

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