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Made To Drive | S03 E02

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing At Bonneville Gives Us Salt Fever

There are many ways to enjoy your toys, from driving, to racing, to keeping them in a collection, there are various avenues to gaining pleasure from what you own. For Bob Sirna, this comes from racing at the salt flats of Bonneville. Many different types of cars run at Bonneville, but Bob chooses a car that you wouldn't ever expect to be racing, let alone down a strip of metal-eating salt: a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Now fetching over a million dollars, the 300SL is a car that you mainly see at a concourse or in a museum—not trying to break land speed records at Speed Week. For the last 12 years Bob has been bringing his Gullwing to the salt in an effort to break records and cure his "salt fever." Bob likes to say, "Enjoy your toys," and this is a motto we can stand behind.
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[…] Icon and their reengineered Land Cruisers, and that special breed of guys who turn Ferrari F40s and Mercedes 300SL Gullwings into salt flat racers are especially adept at raising the blood pressure of the purists, and long may they continue. We […]

Brian Gillespie
Brian Gillespie

We pitted next to him at Bonneville. It was fun talking to him. The video doesn’t do justice to car. It is absolutely georgeous in every tiny detail.

Ric Johnson
Ric Johnson

This is the Gullwing John Fitch drove at Bonneville when he was 87! There is an even more beautiful video than the one above that chronicles that attempt , “A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch”. It’s a gorgeous, poignant DVD that is one of my all time favorites. If you enjoyed the clip above you’ll be blown away by the documentary, and if you don’t know who John Fitch was this will fill that gap in your petrol head knowledge. Suffice it to say that he was a true American hero as a WWII fighter pilot,… Read more »

David P
David P

Great vid – great car.

Can someone tell me what the music is please?

Thanks,

SB

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Bob you are so right, I’ve watched this video so many times over, the most profound statement ever “your only hear once and you can’t take it with you” followed by the ultimate “put it away wet and wear it out”, fantastic well done !!

Michael Squeo
Michael Squeo

Didn’t John Fitch also run a Gullwing at Bonneville?

Adam Holter
Adam Holter

Lovely video! What a great car, and a great relationship to his car. Hats off for beating the piss out of it!

Rodney Wren
Rodney Wren

Great video as always. Would love to see and hear this car at full song on the flats.

Nuno Relha Vaz
Nuno Relha Vaz

To have fun, drive or even race with it, couldn’t agree more! Now, if you are talking about opening holes in that car – that is a crime! drive tastefully, is that tastefully??? No it’s not

Son of stig
Son of stig

how about some more details about the car itself

Brian Fowler
Brian Fowler

Inspirational. Will be driving the fun car to work tomorrow now:)

Adam
Adam

I couldn’t agree more. All the collectors that just buy all those cars that the true petrolhead worships just to speculate with money they should all just go and f themselves. Go buy some painted red squares for millions and leave cars to those who love them.

Brian Cohen
Brian Cohen

I agree. Drive it!

Niklaus Gingro
Niklaus Gingro

Love the car & love that he’s driving it. But it’s a bit too bad that it’s a landspeed car rather than an autox or pro touring sort of car because he can’t drive this on the road, in fact he can’t even start the car without a push. Still, more power to him!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Brilliant, cool car, cool owner. In the banner picture the car is shown with red wheel covers which don’t appear in the video. I assume the are for aerodynamics? Do they make much difference?

Ben Lamboeuf
Ben Lamboeuf

Couldn’t agree more. I’ve enjoyed driving my ’67 Mustang Fastback since 1996; I should know what playing with your toys means. Nothing beats this man’s view on life.

Future Doc
Future Doc

Another great video petrolicious

kevin doleshal
kevin doleshal

Smart man….Great car….

Flyinglotus
Flyinglotus

ahh that sound 😮

Could you guys please make a video, with only engine sounds, just like that last shot? 🙂

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar

AMEN!!

Denis Markus
Denis Markus

I love this man’s philosophy. Great car too.