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April - May, 2013 Second Saturday Lunch – Springfield Mo.

In this issue: Columns

Presidents Message

Feature Articles

Springfield Member Lunch Ryan, Midwest Reg. Dir. Tom Strongman, Speaker Loyalty Rew’ds Changes DD/AX Information

By Mark Moody


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Miscellaneous Rants, Raves and Ramblings

For Sale 5 How to Join MBCA 6 Officers and Board 6 Loyalty Rewards Program 8 Logo Shop 8 Club Store Discount 8 NTB Tire Discount 8 Uplift 8 Tire Rack Rebate 8 Advance Auto Rebate 8 Request from NBO 8 New Members 10

We were in Springfield for lunch March 9th with members in the area. There were about sixteen gathered around the table for good food and good conversation. The Springfield Brewing Co. provided us with a great venue, comfy chairs for those who arrived early and sampled the brewery’s several beers. The sun was out and the temps in the 60’s really made it feel like spring. I had the opportunity to meet with members I had seen on previous trips to Springfield and some new faces as well. The highlight of the day had to be the mystery of the “Other W111”. I was seated next to John Olgivy, who with his wife Dee, have a wonderful 1967 W111 convertible which they’ve brought to KC in the past. John asks me, do I know of another W111 in Springfield? He then tells me the story of seeing another one in Springfield, just like his, one day while out driving around. Shortly after this, I made my way around the table to visit with some of the other members, including Steve Nieman. Steve has been a member for many years, however this was his first club event. I asked about his Mercedes, and as he told me about it, I shared Steve Nieman and his son show their John’s story with him. He looked at me and 280SE which has been in the family for said “that’s MY car”. Well, I gave a shout out generations. to John, “hey John, I found the other W111!”. Photo by Mark Moody Before you know it, they’re discussing their cars, and having a great time. So you never know what may happen when we all get together.

Coming Up February - May

Spaßnacht Dates 6 Calendar 12 McPherson Col. CARS May 4, 2013 Art of the Machine, River Market, June 2, 2013 The Springfield members had an time at the Brewery in DD/AX, Metro. Comm. Col. enjoyable Springfield. June 14,15,16, 2013 Photos by Mark Moody Smith Rallye, Aug, 4, 2013

Editors Note.

Page 11-A of this issue of der Benz! is not in the printed version. See the electronic version at for photos and story on the March FirstSunday drive to the Dean Weller Garage in DeSoto, Ks.

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President’s Message Greetings Benz Friends!

Mark Moody, President Photo by Morgan Klepac

by Mark Moody

Spring is here! Time to shine up our favorite machines and hit the road. Once again we’re planning to host a defensive driving and autocross event, in June. This year we’re making the event free to licensed drivers 20 years of age and under. This is a great opportunity to get some practical experience with your vehicle and develop driving skills that may save your life. Keep an eye on the website and this newsletter for additional details. I just got back from Springfield Mo, where I had the chance to get together with several of our section members there. We had a great lunch at the Springfield Brewing Co. and had a great time talking to everyone there, including some long time members who had not attended a club event before. Have you been getting our newsletter and wondered if you would enjoy one of our events? Come see your fellow club members at our next event and get acquainted. I think you’ll be glad you did. Mark Moody President Mercedes-Benz Club of America | Kansas City Section

John Ryan Midwest Regional Director As a self-proclaimed “car guy” for as long as I can remember, and a member of numerous enthusiast organizations throughout the years, it wasn’t until joining Mercedes-Benz Club of America, that I found myself “engaged” as an auto enthusiast. Starting with our first breakfast meeting back in 2000, my wife and I both, cherish the memories, friends and experiences we’ve shared as members of MBCA. While a member of the Kansas City Section the past thirteen years, I’ve had the opportunity to “grow” in my membership experience and have served as Section President, Vice President, Webmaster, and member of our section’s Board of Directors. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in our section’s growth and exposure. Along with other great members of the Kansas City Section, we’ve hosted a national MBCA event, (Mid-America Caravan), two MBCA Midwest Region events, (MBCAKC|DD/AX), and nearly fifty social, technical, driving and concours events each year, earning our section the honor Donna and John Ryan. Our own John Ryan is the of MBCA Section of the Year, while under my leadership. At the national level in the club, I’ve served on the forum new MBCA Midwest Regional Director, serving our moderator team of, attended national board meetings, and Kansas City Section as well as the Iowa Hawkeye, attended national events. I attended the MBCA President’s workshop/ Twin Cities, Wisconsin, Chicagoland and Central Illinois sections. seminar, and the MBCA Concours d’Elegance Judging School. Photo by Bob Smith On a professional level, I’ve spent over thirty years in a custom manufacturing/printing and publishing business, most recently as the plant manager of one of the largest commercial printers in the Midwest. Fiscal responsibility, lean manufacturing principles, and contract negotiating skills are all included in my toolbox. I believe that the combination of these experiences could prove to be a valuable asset to our National Board of Directors. Having been part of the driving force and leadership of one of the stronger and more visible sections of MBCA, I believe that I can share the “secrets” of a great section, to help nurture and grow other sections in the Midwest Region and beyond. At the national level, my business exposure and experience could provide valuable feedback and insight into publishing, distribution, business management, contract negotiation, and more. I’ve enjoyed being part of our organization these past thirteen years. It has been interesting to watch its evolution and change, as outside influences like the economy, world trade, the auto industry, social media and other uncontrollable events shape and shake up our vision. I believe that our organization must continue to offer a product and experience that is equally as diverse as the unique membership that it represents. I am looking forward to being part of the team that insures that it does.

Smith Rallye - Sunday, August 4th Look for details in upcoming issues of der Benz!

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Tom Strongman Guest Speaker at March Breakfast by Bob Smith

Tom Strongman, automotive feature writer for the Kansas City Star, was our guest speaker at the March membership breakfast. Tom told us a story about his adventure on a cross-country trek in an old Lola that was converted to electric motor power. The car had chain drive to one rear wheel. The car was the work of the students of MINDDRIVE. The students come to MINDDRIVE from DeLaSalle Charter School, The University Academy Charter School, Alta Vista Charter School, Center High School and Shawnee Mission East High School. The trek began in San Diego California, continued to San Antonio, Texas and on to Florida. They traveled 75 to 90 miles on one battery charge. They traveled with six support vehicles. At San Antonio they took the car to the Bridgestone tire test track, an 8-mile oval course. They drove 60 miles at 40 mph and achieved equivalent of 225 mpg. Then they switched tires to compare different rolling resistances of tires, but the chain broke during the test and it never was finished. On the tour they made scheduled stops at various schools Tom Strongman, Left, Automotive Feature Writer, along the way and visited with auto tech. students while charging the with Kevin Arburn and Mark Moody at the March batteries. breakfast meeting. The car will be in Kansas City at the Art of the Car Show Photo by Bob Smith June 23 of this year. Famous racecar drivers Sterling Moss and Denise McCluggage will be here to talk about their experiences with the late Masten Gregory, the “KC Flash” as he was known then, a native KC formula car driver who won the 1966 LeMans among other achievements. Tom also told us of his thoughts on the future of the automobile as a result of the government mandate for fuel mileage of 50 mpg by 2025. This will cost a lot of money, with the need for new manufacturing processes, etc. And, Tom predicts there will be many unintended consequences.

MBCA National President Steve Dierks, attended the March breakfast meeting. Here he and his wife Barbara, catch up on the news from Dudley Smith and Bob Del Popolo. Photo by Bob Smith Members listen to Tom Strongman at the March breakfast meeting. Photo by Bob Smith

The Star


Magazine Features Two of Our Own

Your issue of The Star congratulates Bob Del Popolo as one of the four top MBCA membership recruiters. See the article by Lisa A. Juhl, Director of Marketing on page 80. Larry Barnes is featured in a story on page 86 by Gary Anderson, Editor of The Star for driving his 1997 S320 past the 600,000 mile mark. The story compares the car with Larry’s work as district sales manager for the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation that makes guitars that are highly prized by musicians and collectors as are MercedesBenz cars.

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Loyalty Rewards Changes

Beginning April 1, 2013, Mercedes-Benz USA is changing the Loyalty Reward Program for U.S. Members of the MBCA. TM Instead of receiving a (maximum) Loyalty Reward discount of $1,000 off the purchase or lease price of a NEW 2013 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz, Members can now 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 $1,000 when you combine discounts. This new Program takes effect April 1, 2013.  You may apply your $500 discount toward the purchase or lease of any new 2013 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz Butler’s C & D Body Shop vehicle except: Sprinter Vans, smart, SLS AMG Coupes and 47 Kessler • Merriam, KS 66203 • Tel: (913) 262-9109 • Fax: (913) 262-2828 SLS AMG Roadsters. Questions? Call the National Business Office of Web: www.butlerbody,com MBCA at 800.637.2360 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Mountain Time.

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Spaßnacht Find out more: Click on “Club Info”

Note - New Time for Spaßnacht is 6:30 ________________ April 15, 6:30 PM

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The Salty Iguana 8228 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, Ks. ________________ June17, 6:30 PM

Big Q Barbeque 2117 S. 34th St. Kansas City, Ks. ________________ July 15, 6:30 PM

Governor Stumpy’s Grill House 321 E. Gregory Kansas City, Mo. ________________

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!

• 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, • Owner Loyalty Program with a charitable events, concours, and $1,000.00 Discount Certificate good more. on the purchase of certain M-B vehicles. Your membership includes an associate membership for another person • 15% discount on parts, labor and in your household in the Mercedesaccessories at Aristocrat Motors and Benz Club of America and the KanMercedes-Benz of Kansas City. sas City Section. Ownership of a Mercedes-Benz not a prerequisite. • National events with a wide variety 1 year $49, 2 years $95, 3 years of driving and social events, techni- $139. cal information and active discussion forums.


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2013 MBCA Kansas City Section

Officers and Board Members Officers Phone E-mail Mark Moody, president Kevin Arburn, vice president Helen Hull, secretary Joyce Smith, treasurer Jeff Klepac, past president

Board of Directors

Bob Del Popolo Donna Ryan Bob Poduch Rich Carlson Bob Smith Dudley Smith Ian Harns John Ryan Lisle Kauffman Jeff Klepac Steve Chase

Newsletter Editor Bob Smith

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NTB Discount is Confirmed

Complete Garage

Bob Del Popolo advised that he recently purchased tires from NTB for his daughter (non MB) using the club discount and our mentioned number (#913-660-8439) that John Ryan established several years ago. Therefore, the NTB discount notification is being returned to the newsletter beginning this issue. Bob deserves credit for clearing up a misunderstanding because last winter we were told at two different NTB stores that the discount was not in force anymore. But, it is indeed available, but only at the 119th & Metcalf store in Overland Park. The new contact name at the 7333 West 119th St. 66213 store is Corey Ross -  Manager 913.338.5030. Just mention the number above and that you are with the KCMBCA.

MBCA|KC Logo Shop

15209 W. 87th Street Lenexa, KS 66219 913-322-9175

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 Loyalty Rewards Program (U.S.)

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Request from the NBO 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!

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.

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 913-6608439 and your club membership to the salesman/service writer.

There is a link to TireRack on the Kansas City Section’s website, www. 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.

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Star Tech 2013 Be sure to save the dates below!

Monday & Tuesday, May 20-21 (with a possible extension to May 22) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Technical events will officially get under way the Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) facility; the Saturday, May 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Get a rare, up-close view of moon at ONLY U.S. factory that produces every ML, GL and R-Class landers, rockets, lunar capsules and more on a specially- for the entire world. Meet and learn from nationally-recognized guided tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, experts in the art of restoration, modification, maintenance AL, about 100 miles north of Birmingham. Or take an and repair inside MBUSIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-site training center. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t optional tour of the adjacent Marshall Space get any better Flight Center. This indoor/outdoor museum is than this! Â&#x160; impressive and so are the unique adventures Enjoy special youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find here! VIP tours of their massive )PYTPUNOHT(SHIHTHÂ&#x2039;4H` factory; eat Sunday, May 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; See where MLs, GLs and lunch in the R-Class vehicles are meticulously prepared *VTLMVY[OL;LJO *VTLMVY[OL-\U 5 0 0 - s e a t for car shows in Detroit, Paris and around Â&#x2039; -HJ[VY`;V\YZVM4LYJLKLZ)LUa<:0U[LYUH[PVUHS4)<:0 Â&#x2039; =PU[HNL9HJLZH[)HYILY4V[VYZWVY[Z employee the globe during a one-of-a-kind tour of the Â&#x2039; 4)<:(HUK4)<:0:WLHRLYZ Â&#x2039; <::WHJL 9VJRL[*LU[LYHUK5(:(;V\Y Â&#x2039; ;V\YPUN3HWZÂś)HYILY4V[VYZWVY[Z9VHK*V\YZL Â&#x2039; :OVWWPUN dining room. Mercedes-Benz South Central body and paint Â&#x2039; ;LJOUPJHS:LTPUHYZ Â&#x2039; .HYKLU 4\ZL\T;V\YZ Â&#x2039; :VTL[OPUNMVYL]LY`VUL Seminars on the repair facility in Birmingham. Join us at a manufacturing Mercedes-Benz corral then drive laps around process await the challenging Barber Motorsports Park 17-VYPUMVYTH[PVUHUKYLNPZ[YH[PVUWHJRHNLJVU[HJ[3Pa9VILYZVU H[SPaYVILYZVU'NTHPSJVTc you as well as turn road course. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll celebrate your arrival an amusing at StarTech with a special Welcome Reception 4LYJLKLZ)LUa*S\IVM(TLYPJHc(SHIHTH:LJ[PVUc^^^:[HY;LJOVYN session on the at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum from history of the 6pm-10pm. Muse among MBCA friends and the 1,600 motorcycles and 60 Lotus race cars on display Alabama factory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2013 here. A rarely-offered tour of the restoration area is planned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as told by some of the original German team members. Plus plenty of unique, non-technical events everyone will along with presentations by special guests. enjoy! Â

StarTech 2013

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Car Club Network

Jeff Klepac on Star Fest 2012

The Car Club Network is a customized video player that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added to our club website. The network has a variety of channels updated constantly with content designed just for automotive enthusiasts like us. Included in the playlist is our own customized channel, Kansas City MBCA TV, where we can add videos from our events, recaps of our meetings and anything else we want to add.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely free to us with no maintenance or other fees. So check it out on the home page of our site  http://www. And, if you have YouTube videos of our events and happenings, please forward their YouTube addresses for review to

The February breakfast meeting featured a video and slide show by Jeff Klepac describing his and Deniseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to Arizona by way of the classic Route 66. Jeff met MBCA members and other professionals in the auto industry. And he took a lot of really great photos of the cars and scenery. See photos on the website, www.kcmbca. org

Willkommen New Members ! Earle & Louise Brigance Mission, Ks. Elizabeth Inglove Joplin, Mo. Shannon Schultz Overland Park, Ks.

Timothy Tierney James Welch Frank Williams

We look forward to meeting you soon at one of our events.

Overland Park, Ks. Overland Park, Ks. Manhattan, Ks.

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

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An Artist and Craftsman Brings Life to a 1918 Ford Dealership By Bob Smith

Dean Weller of DeSoto, Kansas, and his wife Delores, own an old building in the downtown section of town that beginning in 1918, had been a Ford dealership for many years. The Weller’s bought the place about 30 years ago after Dean retired from his home-building career in and around DeSoto. He uses the building, which still has the Ford Sales and Service signs on its front, as a workshop and garage/museum for his hobby of building and restoring old cars. Inside you will see the results of his genius. The workmanship and craftsmanship of the restored and rebuilt vehicles is incredibly good. Never starting a project without a plan, Dean carefully draws and catalogs each part as he takes it apart so that it can be correctly reassembled. His drawings are exquisitely detailed rivaling the most elaborate draftsman or graphic artists ability. Dean has rebuilt some of the vehicles using his own imagination rather than following a perfect replication of the original. He crafted metal body parts, fenders hood, doors, etc from scratch. He also crafted wooden bodies that have look and feel of fine furniture. But, possibly the most unique and imaginative restoration Dean has made is a Ford Model A with a body made wrought iron rods shaped into the original shape of the body. The white painted iron rods are curled into spirals, hearts, and the cursive letters of “Americas Sweetheart Model A Ford” spelled across the hood and rumble seat closure. The engine is in plain sight under the hood. The fenders in original condition are painted a gleaming black. It is a beautiful artistic creation. And, besides the finished vehicles, he has just about every part he would need stacked in corners, on shelves or hung from the ceiling. At the age of 87, Dean is not slowing down. He completes a car at the rate of about one per year. Photos by Bob Smith

What activities would you like to do with your Benz friends in 2013? Contact a board member and let them know.


Apr. 6 Breakfast Meeting, First Watch, Shawnee, Ks. 9 AM. Apr. 7 First-Sunday Drive. 12 NOON US Bank, 119th & Roe, Leawood, Ks. Apr. 15 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Zio’s Italian Kitchen, 11981 S. Strang Line Rd. Olathe, Ks.


May 4 Breakfast Meeting, First Watch, Shawnee, Ks. 9 AM. New Mercedes 4Class on display courtesy, Aristocrat Motors. May 4 McPherson College C.A.R.S. Getaway May 5 First-Sunday Drive. 12 NOON US Bank, 119th & Roe, Leawood, Ks. May 20 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, The Salty Iguana, 8228 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Ks.


For the latest list of events, visit our Web site at: Smart Phone Users, click this QR Code and our website will magically appear on your phone.

June 1 Breakfast Meeting, First Watch, Shawnee, Ks. 9 AM. Speaker, Dudley Smith, DD/AX preview. June 2 No First-Sunday Drive this month. June 15 DD/AX Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Mo June 17 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Big Q Barbeque 2117 S. 34th St. Kansas City, Ks.


July 6 Breakfast Meeting, First Watch, Shawnee, Ks. 9 AM. Speaker, Jeff Klepac, Route 66 trip to Star Fest. July 7 First-Sunday Drive. 12 NOON US Bank, 119th & Roe, Leawood, Ks. Winery, Bashor, Ks. July 15 Spaßnacht, 6:30 PM, Governor Stumpy’s Grill House, 321 E. Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, Mo.

Breakfast is at 9 AM the first Saturday of each month at the First Watch, Shawnee Mission Pkwy. at Nieman Rd., Shawnee, KS. Order your favorites from the menu. Individual checks.

6532 W 134th St. Overland Park, KS 66209

First-Class Mail U.S. postage paid shawnee mission, ks permit no. 1131

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