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February - March, 2014

In this issue:


Presidents Message 2

Feature Articles & Photos

Winter Gala 1,8,9 First-Sunday Drive Changes 7 Barnes’ S320 1,000,000 km 2 Breakfast Place Update 4 Raffle Winner 4 Web Upgrade 4 SCCA Speakers 10 Smith Rallye 14

Miscellaneous Rants, Raves and Ramblings

MBCA Fast Facts 6 Save $500.00 7 Officers and Board 7 Logo Shop 13 NTB Tire Discount 13 Uplift 13 Tire Rack Rebate 13 Advance Auto Rebate 13 Request from NBO 13 Loyalty Rewards Program13 New Members 14 How to Join MBCA 14

Coming Up Feb. - May 1st Sunday to Norm’s 3 Chicago-Key West Trip 3 Spaßnacht Dates 7 Calendar 16

Tentative for June - August

DD/AX August 2, 2014 Smith Rallye June 1, 2014

A Great Winter Gala at Tatsu’s By Bob Smith Tatsu’s Restaurant in Prairie Village was the site of the 2014 Winter Gala on Saturday night, January 11th. The members enjoyed wonderful appetizers and tasty beverages during a good session of mingling and chatting about everything from sports to the weather. Most talk seemed to be about the experiences with the Kansas City Section events during the year of 2013. And, there was a lot to talk about. The Defensive Driving and Autocross, Art of the Machine, Art of the Car, MindDrive, Oktoberfest Concourse d’Elegance, Sunday Drives, Donna Ryan accepts the Member of the Year award from Mark Moody, President of the KC Section. Spaßnacht, just to name a few. Photo by Bob Smith A slide show continued running during the event so that all could catch up on memories of events An Oktoberfest trophy was prethey attended and/or see what others did sented to Dudley Smith for his 2007 E63 that one may have missed. AMG. We were honored with the atten Member of the Year was awarddance of Bill Denton, MBCA Treasurer, ed to a much deserving and hard workand his wife Jeannie who traveled from ing member - Donna Ryan. Donna has their home in Oakbrook, Illinois to be with taken a very active role in almost all of us. the events during the year, including the The food at Tatsu’s was wonderGala, the DD/AX, Spaßnacht nights, and ful. Appetizers were plentiful and tasty. Uplift Organization. The shrimp was especially good, served The door prize, a gift certificate in a delicious sauce that defies descripfor Complete Garage, was won by Joe tion. The dinner was the sit-down-andWeinrich. Complete Garage sells Griot’s be-served style with bread, salad, entree car care products and storage units and of tenderloin of beef with a wrap of pasaccessories for your garage and work try on the edge, baked salmon, mashed room. sweet potato and mixed vegetables. Des And, each person attending the sert was served too. Many of us agreed Gala received a bottle of Yellow Tail wine that the fare was as simply outstanding. or combination beverage-cooler/carry-all Dudley Smith presented a trophy compliments of MBCA|Kansas City. to the winners of the infamous Smith Ral This event easily matched all the lye to Donna and John Ryan. They won others held during 2013 as being a place it because, according to John, Donna into enjoy camaraderie, fun and wonderful sisted that he drive in reverse gear when repasts. “necessary” in order to minimize the miles driven over the actual event mileage. See pages 8 & 9 for more photos of the Gala.

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President’s Message by Mark Moody

Greetings Benz Friends, A new year has arrived, and the board and I are working on plans for this years events. We’re looking forward to seeing you at a Saturday Breakfast, a Sunday Drive, a Spaßnacht or one of our other special events this year. If you haven’t been to an event, come join us. As always, we’re always looking for fresh ideas, and extra hands to help out. Last time I wrote to you about a proposal to host StarFest in 2014, MBCA’s national event. The board and I sat down and worked to try and reconcile our proposal with input from the national board. After a lot of discussion, our board came to the conclusion that our resources are not up to the task in the time given to host a successful event. As a result we formally withdrew our proposal to the national board. Our enthusiasm for this event is not diminished, and hopefully there will be an opportunity in the future that will work for us. Mark Moody, President Photo by Morgan Klepac

Mark Moody, President Mercedes-Benz Club of America | Kansas City Section

March Breakfast Meeting to be at Ariana Restaurant 1130 W. 103rd St. Kansas City, MO

Larry Barnes’ 1997 MercedesBenz S320 Reaches One Million Kilometers.

Larry Barnes shows his MillionKilometer Certificate. Photo by Mark Moody

Another milestone is passed, or, should we say Larry Barnes’ 1997 S320 reaches another “kilometerstone”? One million kilometers is equal to 621,371.19 miles. And Larry’s Mercedes-Benz continues to perform flawlessly. To recognize the achievement, Larry was presented a certificate from the MercedesBenz Classic Center USA proclaiming the million kilometers achieved by his S320.

Tom Strongman - Our Special Guest at February Breakfast Meeting

Tom Strongman, Automotive feature writer for many motorcar publications and the Kansas City Star, was our speaker at the February breakfast meeting. Despite the overnight sleet storm there Tom Strongman makes a point were about 15 members for his slide show of classic cars present to see Tom’s he has photographed. Looking slide show. Besides on is Mark Moody. Photo by Bob Smith motorcars, Tom’s other passion in life is photography, and his skills were evident in his outstanding photos of cars. Tom presented three separate features. The first; classic cars that he has photographed over the years. Tom knows the names and details about all of them, some of which are very rare and relatively unknown to the average car buff. His second presentation was of vintage hot-rod cars. Chrome is a must for nearly every visible component in the engine compartment. Chrome skull-like forms are popular on the gear shift, hood ornament, etc. The third feature was of some of Tom’s favorite non-automotive photos. He showed wonderful landscape photos taken around the country. Tom said his primary job in life is being the family history photographer.

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Defensive Driving / Autocross Saturday, August 2nd The Kansas City Section will sponsor the Midwest Regional Defensive Driving and Autocross School at Metropolitan Community College in Independence, Mo., on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The event will begin with classroom training on vehicle dynamics and driving techniques. We will then move to the MCC drivers training facility a few blocks east of the college for “hands-on” defensive driving followed by the opportunity to sharpen your skills on a low speed autocross course. Experienced instructors will

provide in-car training for drivers on the defensive driving course and on the autocross course. Drivers of all ages, including young drivers age 16 and older with a valid drivers license, are encouraged to attend. Some auto insurance companies will reduce premiums for those drivers who complete this course. A dinner at a location to be determined is planned for the eve of the event on Friday night. Mark your calendar for this event now. More information will be provided at and in upcoming issues of der Benz!

“Not Just a Road Trip But An Adventure” 2015 Chicago to Key West

First-Sunday Drive to Norm’s Place The First-Sunday Drive for May 4th be a drive to Raymore, Missouri to the home of KC Section member Norm Kressmann. This is a special treat for those of us who enjoy seeing classic cars. Norm owns several cars besides his Mercedes-Benz, which are worthy of the best of Concours d’Elegance and classic car museums. Plan to go to this Sunday Drive in May. It will be a good one.

Ehinger Auto Collection Tour March 22 On Saturday morning, March 22nd we are invited to see the private antique automobile and memorabilia collection of Bob Ehinger. Mr. Ehinger is providing complimentary coffee and donuts for our enjoyment, too. The open house is from 9:00 AM to Noon. Photography is allowed, so bring the good camera as well as the cell phone. This is a “must-see / mustdo” KC Section event. The car collection is said to be outstanding. Don’t miss it. The address is 1733 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.

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First Watch Restaurant Ends as Breakfast Meeting Site Meetings to be at Ariana Restaurant 1130 W. 103rd St. Kansas City, MO 64114 We have a new venue to have our monthly Saturday morning breakfast meetings. The First Watch in Shawnee redefined their seating scheme so that the private room is no longer available for our use. The March 2nd breakfast meeting we will be at Ariana Restaurant in Kansas City. Ariana Restaurant is located near I-435 & State Line Road. It is just east of State Line Rd. on the north side of 103rd St.

Upgrade and Makeover is complete for Section Website If you’ve visited our website lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new look and feel to Our Webmaster, John Ryan, has spent the last few weeks updating the site to a new format using “Joomla!”, a popular content management system used by thousands of personal, corporate, and organization websites around the world. Our former site was built using SkyPortal software in the mid-1990’s, and the software’s author now longer supports the product with technical and design updates. With the vast user base of Joomla!, as well as independent third party technicians pledged to Joomla’s success, we should experience ongoing support for the website. You’ll notice when visiting the site that it has a cleaner and more modern look, and more closely resembles the national MBCA and other section websites. This look and feel should help to create a more uniform look and continuity for MBCA communications with its members. And, you should notice that our site now has a live newsfeed from the MBCA with news about everything Mercedes-Benz. There’s also a great calendar to track all the Kansas City section events, and a reminder section of the upcoming events. If you’re a facebook user, you’ll also see the trending topics from MBCA|Kansas City’s facebook pages. You’ll probably notice that the “forums” feature of the website has been removed. Social media has become the new medium for website interaction, and we encourage you interact with fellow members using our facebook pages. While we’re mentioning facebook, we must congratulate Ian Harns for a great job getting us on track with social media. If you are a user of facebook, please visit and like our page,, and keep up to the minute with MBCA|Kansas City news. Keep checking the website regularly as more features are added. If you have contributions, please email John Ryan at

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Butler’s C & D Body Shop 5747 Kessler Merriam, Kansas 66203 Tel: (913) 262-9109 Fax: (913 262-2828 Web:

Monthly, Third Monday 6:30 PM

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2014 MBCA Kansas City Section

Spaßnacht Find out more: Click on “Club Info”


Officers and Board Members Phone E-mail

Mark Moody, president (913) 685-8573 Kevin Arburn, vice president (913) 648-7675 Helen Hull, secretary (913) 568-3310 Kevin Arburn, treasurer (913) 648-7675 Jeff Klepac, past president (913) 782-5865

Board of Directors ________________ February 17, 2014 6:30 PM


323 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, Mo. 64116 _________________

March 17, 6:30 PM

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ 11950 Strang Line Rd. Olathe, Ks. _________________ April 21, 6:30 PM

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1859 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas. _________________ May 19, 6:30 PM,

Talk of the Town, 11922 W. 119th St, Overland Park,Ks. _________________

Bob Del Popolo (913) 888-2617 Donna Ryan (913) 268-1252 Rich Carlson (913) 897-0260 Bob Smith (913) 268-8984 Joyce Smith (913) 338-0766 Dudley Smith (913) 338-0766 Ian Harns (816) 812-9495 John Ryan (913) 543-1252 Lisle Kauffmann (701) 728-6329

Newsletter Editor Bob Smith

(913) 268-8984 Webmeister-Administrator John Ryan (913) 268-1252

Membership Director

Bob Del Popolo (913) 888-2617

Midwest Regional Director John Ryan

(913) 543-1252

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Enjoying the 2014 Winter Gala

Photos by Bob Smith

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Sports Car Club of America Featured at the January Meeting

Joe Tasler of the Sports Car Club of America preJeff Bartz, left, SCCA KC Section Rookie-of-the-Year sented a very interesting description of the Club and and Dudley Smith discuss topics of mutual interest, the various events available to its members who enjoy their favorite race tracks and driving experiences. “pushing the envelope” in their high performanc sports cars. Photos by Bob Smith Joe Tasler, Regional Executive - Kansas City Region of the Sports Car Club of America was our guest speaker at the January meeting of the KC Section. The region covers Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. Activities of club members include wheel to wheel racing, Rally Cross, Auto Cross and performance driving. Many of the drivers in the club 15209 W. 87th Street rank just below Professional in their Lenexa, KS 66219 driving skills. The club owns its own timing and scoring truck. Some events 913-322-9175 adjust time for the type of car and the weight of the driver to even out the For the factors and achieve a result based on pure skill. They will even race in the best in rain using special “rain tires”. Car The club holds 12 autocross events a year at locations such as Care the Lincoln, Nebraska airport, Hallett, Oklahoma and Heartland Park in Topeka. The largest event is the SCCA For all your detailing needs, visit Pro Solo Nationals at Mineral Wells, us at the Complete Garage. We Texas. have Griot’s full line of car care Also representing the SCCA products. Save the shipping and was Jeff Bartz, the rookie-of-the get it today. year in the KC Section. For more information about the organization go to, and

Complete Garage

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Not just your average garage...

Bosch Authorized Service

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Eveland Bros. Collision Repair

Certified Mercedes-Benz Collision Repair Center • Vehicles restored to pre-accident condition • Expert color matching • Foreign and domestic

• Factory trained technicians • State of-the-art equipment • Rental cars available

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• Insurance claims assistance • Environmentally safe • Written limited lifetime warranty


7200 W. Frontage Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203

CoreFirst Bank & Trust was a major sponsor of the Mid-America Caravan in 2009

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MBCA|KC Logo Shop

Our section can now offer the Club Logo and special events graphics to be embroidered onto hundreds of different items ranging from T-Shirts to Polos, Jackets to Jerseys, and everything in between. Item(s) will be delivered to your mailbox or doorstep. And, every item purchased provides additional revenue to the section’s treasury to help fund the great events where you’ll be wearing your new “duds”. Head over to our website, and click on Logo Shop.

2013-14 Loyalty Rewards Program (U.S.)

Advance Auto Parts offers many online-only specials and rebates to our section with 8% of the sale being returned to the KC Section. You can have your order shipped to your home, or pick it up at your neighborhood Advance Auto Parts store. Just click on the Advance Auto Parts banner ad on our website,, and you will be taken to their websites to shop.

Mercedes-Benz, Members can take $500 off a NEW 2013 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz and combine that discount with a second MBUSA Dealer incentive — including guest appreciation certificates, seasonal event discounts like Summer and Winter Clearance sales and other Dealer offers. In some cases, you may actually SAVE MORE THAN $500 when you combine discounts.

Request from the NBO

There is a link to TireRack on the Kansas City Section’s website, Click the link, which is the logo shown above, to enter the TireRack website to buy their products. The K.C. Section receives a small rebate when you purchase their products through our website.

With every email and address update that we receive at the NBO, (either by website, phone, email or snail mail), we will send a 10 % Off Coupon for one item in the Club Store. One coupon per member will be sent electronically (so it must include a valid email address). Please send these updates to Geni at Remember, incorrectly mailed items cost the club money!

NTB Offers Discount to KCMBCA Members

Uplift Organization, Inc. accepts donations of goods and funds. See the Uplift website at for a list of needed items and how to donate them.

NTB National Tire & Battery is offering a discount for KCMBCA members. Offer is only available at the 119th & Metcalf store. The new contact name at the 7333 West 119th St. 66213 store is Corey Ross -  Manager 913.338.5030. Mention account number 9136608439 and your club membership to the salesman/service writer.

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Willkommen New Members ! Brent Boles Tecumseh, KS Bill Copeland Columbia, MO Andy Slagter Branson, MO Brian Welding Olathe, KS We look forward to meeting you soon at one of our events.

March Breakfast Meeting to be at Ariana Restaurant 1130 W. 103rd St. Kansas City, MO

Monthly, Third Monday 6:30 PM

Join Mercedes-Benz Club of America Kansas City Section • Bi-monthly issues of our award-winning, full-color national magazine, The Star, and bi-monthly issues of our award-winning section newsletter, der Benz! • Owner Loyalty Program with a $500.00 Discount Certificate good on the purchase of certain M-B vehicles. • 15% discount on parts, labor and accessories at Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City. • National events with a wide variety of driving and social events, technical information and active discussion forums.

• Local events: Monthly breakfast meetings and pub nights, tech sessions, dining events, historic and driving tours, autocross and driver education events, rallyes, track events, picnics, annual holiday party, charitable events, concours, and more. Your membership includes an associate membership for another person in your household in the MercedesBenz Club of America and the Kansas City Section. Ownership of a MercedesBenz not a prerequisite. 1 year $49, 2 years $95, 3 years $139.


Bob Del Popolo cell 913-269-4498 email bob.d@kcmbca. org or go to 1-800-637-2360

Smith Rallye Sunday, June 1st The infamous Smith Rallye will be held on Sunday, June 1st. It will start at 12 NOON at the U.S. Bank at 119th St. & Roe in Leawood. At that point you will be given instructions for the Rallye course. Joyce and Dudley Smith are mapping out a route to befuddle your best intuition, (and test relationships). There will be a social hour at the Rallyes ending point. Awards will be given. To be eligible for awards only two people over the age of 10 may be in the car. One driver and one navigator. Entry fee is $10.00 per car. Look for more information future issues of der Benz! and on

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6532 W 134th St. Overland Park, KS 66209


Feb. 1 Breakfast Meeting, First Watch, Shawnee, Ks. 9 AM. Speaker, Tom Strongman, Automotive writer and photographer. Feb. 2 No First-Sunday Drive*. Feb. 17 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Chappell’s 323 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, Mo. 64116


Mar. 1 Breakfast Meeting, 9:00 AM Ariana Restaurant, KC,Mo. Speaker, Sgt. Tim Gaughan, K.C. Mo. Police Dept. Mar. 2 No First-Sunday Drive*. Mar. 17 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ 11650 Strang Line Rd. Olathe, Ks. Mar. 22 Ehinger Antique Auto Collection Tour, 9:00 AM to Noon, 1733 Walnut, KC, Mo.


For the latest list of events, visit our Web site at:

* First-Sunday Drives will resume April 6, 2014.

Apr. 5 Breakfast Meeting, 9:00 AM Location to be determined. Auto Motorplex, A residen tial community with a race track. Apr. 6 First-Sunday Drive. Meet, US Bank Parking Lot, 119th & Roe, Leawood. Apr. 12 Auto Tech Car Show, Turner High School, Kansas City, Ks. Apr. 21 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1859 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas.


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May 3 Breakfast Meeting, 9:00 AM Location to be determined. May. 4 First-Sunday Drive, Norm Kressmann’s cars, Raymore. US Bank Parking Lot, 119th & Roe, Leawood. May 3 McPherson College CARS Show. McPherson, Ks. May. 19 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Talk of the Town, 11922 W. 119th St, Overland Park, Ks. What activities would you like to do with your Benz friends in 2014? Contact a board member and let them know.

Breakfast is at 9 AM the first Saturday of each month. Ariana Restaurant, 1130 W. 103rd St. Kansas City, MO

MBCA|KC - der Benz Newsletter February/March 2014  

Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Kansas City Section Bi-Monthly Newsletter

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