AMG® Thousand Oaks Grand Opening
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 will be recalled as a momentous day in the history of the AMG® brand in North America. No, it wasn’t the day that an all-new AMG® model was released, nor was there a major announcement about the continued success of the world-beating Mercedes-AMG® Petronas F1 team. Rather, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 was the official launch of the first all-AMG® showroom in North America – at AMG® Thousand Oaks.
Joining the destination cities of Sydney and Tokyo as global ambassadors of the brand, Thousand Oaks, California, celebrated their grand opening in a way that not only did justice to their tireless pursuit of the opportunity, but also in a way that thoroughly magnified the local environment and its benefits to automotive enthusiasts throughout North America. You see, Thousand Oaks is surrounded by over 100 miles of driving roads that traverse an extensive range of geological features, from beaches to canyons, to mountains to valleys – it is, quite literally, a driver’s paradise.
To commemorate the occasion, guests were greeted by a red carpet entry followed by the all-new, unreleased 2019 Mercedes-AMG® G 63 presiding over the festivities. Arrayed against the setting sun was an indoor-outdoor fete that highlighted the natural flow and museum-quality presentation of the first all-AMG® showroom in the United States. Inside the showroom were three of Mercedes-AMG®’s top dogs, including a 2018 Mercedes-AMG® GT R finished by ONE13INDUSTRIES in a stunning Petronas-themed livery paying homage to the GT4 racecar.
World-class food and beverage from My World on a Plate and entertainment from renowned saxophonist, Mark Allen Felton, set the mood for over 400 guests. Attendees included City Thousand Oaks and Ventura County officials, celebrities, CEOs and, of course, representatives from Mercedes-Benz USA and AMG®.
There were numerous high points of the evening. Thousand Oaks City Planner, Haider Alawami, presented AMG® Thousand Oaks General Manager, Scott Stanley, with an award of achievement for bringing the cornerstone of the AMG® brand to Thousand Oaks. Immediately thereafter, Mercedes-Benz USA’s executive team joined Vice President of Sales, Adam Chamberlain, in recognizing the the efforts of the local management team in steering a vision towards successful completion over the course of three years.
The true apex of the celebration, however, was a special video greeting from Mercedes-AMG® Petronas Formula One team driver, Valtteri Bottas. Fresh of his second-place podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, Bottas congratulated the AMG® Thousand Oaks team for their achievement in launching the first-ever AMG® showroom in North America, but he didn’t stop there. The AMG® SoCal Lounge is one of the largest and most active AMG® enthusiast groups in the country – if not the world – and turned out in large numbers for the event. It’s a good thing they were there as Valtteri Bottas delivered a special shoutout to the group thanking them for their commitment to the AMG® brand. Naturally, there were audible cheers from the crowd.
Enjoy this gallery for a full look at the AMG® Thousand Oaks Grand Opening celebration. June 19, 2018.
AMG® Thousand Oaks is located at 3905 Auto Mall Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA. Keep up with their news, announcements, and special events at www.fb.com/amgthousandoaks or www.instagram.com/amgthousandoaks.