“All aboard”, called the blond gentleman at the wheel with the Finnish accent. The journalist he had just asked on board could barely conceal his excitement. Having the chance to sit in a C 63 AMG Performance Car at the Pista di Nardò, the fastest test track in the world, is something to excite the heart of every car lover. But being driven by world-famous racing driver Mika Häkkinen himself is an experience not even seasoned top journalists can enjoy every day. Unless, of course, as this year, Mercedes-Benz has invited them to a really special birthday party: in Apulia in southern Italy, the long-established manufacturer celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the record drive by the “Baby Benz”.
The compact car broke three world and nine class records in August 1983, thus heralding in a new era in motoring history: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was born.