The ideal soundtrack for the desert.
The sound system of our support vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz GL 450, is playing Jerry Butler’s R&B classic, “Only the Strong Survive”. It’s an appropriate soundtrack for our team that has assembled in the chilly, pre-dawn darkness of the California desert where the harsh conditions range from sub-freezing temperatures to a sweltering, record-breaking 52 degrees Celsius – and water is nowhere to be seen. Survival here is only for the durable, resourceful and fast. The Mercedes-Benz Museum has brought a rare rally car with exactly those attributes to this foreboding, remote spot in the California desert: the ingenious 1980 R107 500 SL Rallye.