2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Purist "Winter Drive"
December 10, 2014
Thanks to the Purist group, I've been to several great automotive events over the last few years. Most recently it was Tuners and Tea in our SLP Camaro, before that it was 86fest in our long-term Scion FR-S, and a while back it was Supercar Sunday in our SLS AMG.
The Purist group, as you might've guessed, is into cars. They're a community of drivers, tuners, car collectors, and automotive enthusiasts, and they recently hosted their biggest event of the year called the "Winter Drive." Planning to attend, I signed out our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, expecting it would fit right in.
The stars of the show were cars like the new Huracan and Aventador, a wide-body Porsche GT3 and movie car replicas of the R34 Skyline GT-R and the Dodge Charger RT from The Fast and The Furious.
The event, at its core, was a toy drive for less fortunate children and the price of admission was a new, unwrapped toy. Naturally, lots of remote control cars and Hot Wheels cars were donated, but I went with some Nerf footballs and a matching Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head set instead.
While it wasn't exactly a pariah, the unmodified, decade-old CL65 AMG went mostly unnoticed at the show. The bi-turbo V12 may have drawn a crowd in its day, but compared to some of these rides, it was downright plain.
The CL65 got me to and from the show comfortably, quietly and with plenty of room in back for the toys but it just didn't turn heads. Even though it cost close to $200k when it was new and it can still punish a set of tires, the CL65 was never meant for this kind of attention.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 70,850 miles