So we got a Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG
We got handed this car two months after every frigging magazine in the country has already published their review on it. So there isn’t any real urgency on my part to review this rocketship quickly, and it goes to the back of the line among my pending reviews.
I figured we could do our very first video review using this car. The setup was great, as I even own an old 1990 AMG-touched Mercedes-Benz, and could’ve used that for an interesting story.
Nothing worked out however. The morning heat was horrible, and we were fasting. There was only so many shot adjustments we could do before we started sweating like dogs, thereby taking me out of the picture. I wasn’t doing too well having a conversation with a camera anyway, and realised I should’ve written down what to say.
On top of that, I used my brother as the camera man, and he was horrible at framing shots, being his first time handling video.
I skip to the action shots, and do even worse trying to drift this monster, giving up after a few tries because I didn’t want to waste the tyres on the first day itself. It takes a lot of practice to drift a grippy car on dry tarmac, and half-an-hour is not enough time to familiarise myself with the car. I can’t drift in the first place anyway, but I was somewhat managing fine the last time I tried it, with the more-responsive BMW 335i.
We quit the day, as all this heat and no water was a killer. We got home and see that the video quality wasn’t that great either. I guess blowing Dhs 2200 on a crappy Sony Handycam and Dhs 1000 on accessories was a waste of money. We need better equipment and a real camera man. It is also too much being a script-writer, host, director and stunt driver in the summer. I didn’t even get to the editing and sound-mixing part.
I’ll see later what footage I can salvage from this. Maybe I’ll try adding a voiceover and do a mini-review. Any more real attempts will have to wait until winter. The C 63 AMG is an amazing car in many respects, and the written review will reveal all, including the good and the bad.