CHRIS HARRIS VIDEO: HAMMER TIME
Chris celebrates AMG's birthday with a run in the car that made its name: the Hammer
It was so unlike anything else on sale that American journalists simply called it The Hammer, and the name stuck, because it's a very cool name.
Mercedes bought 51 per cent of AMG in 1999 and completed the purchase in 2005. Given the close rivalry with BMW M, it's amusing to note that both companies are celebrating birthdays this year, M its 40th, AMG its 45th.
This day was something of a celebration and general shindig, but a sniff of a Hammer (can you say that in polite company?) was enough to get myself and Neil there.
If anyone is ever on a a European jaunt, I'd recommend phoning ahead and visiting Affalterbach: it's a cracking little hub of motoring hedonism.
Enjoy the vid, and then can someone go to Bulgaria and buy this.