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MARCH 2013

‘ROUND THE BENZ Welcome new members!

Newsletter of the PIKES PEAK SECTION

New Member Party

Saturday, 16 March 2013 5:30 p.m.

Joseph Cipriani 1987 560 SL

Karen Mitchell Jack & Norma Pasalevich 1999 SL 500

Inside this issue: View From the Peak

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Mercedes News

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Membership Meeting 3 D-I-Y Tech Session Sunday Brunch Another Delivery

March 16 is arriving soon and you have

just two weeks to make your reservations for the New Member Party. Let’s greet the Pikes Peak Section members who joined 4 us in 2012 and then enjoy a meal prepared 4 by Mimi’s Cafe on N. Academy.

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StarTech 2013

As in the past there will be a substantial three-course offering including soup or 5 salad, a choice among six entrees and dessert, soda, tea or coffee. Among the 5 entrees you can select Chicken Madeira, 6 Oven Pot Roast, Pasta Jambalaya, a pe-

VLA Tour

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Der Marktplatz

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Your Car Is the Star

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Tech Tips

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Congrats MB-CS

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Wine Ctry Weekend VMCCA Car Show Mile High Events

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Winter Driving Class 9 Breakfast Recap

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Baby G-Wagen

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2013 Formula 1

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tite filet or one of two new selections Filet of Sole, or Salmon Florentine. The price of this event is $23.25 per person including tax and tip. As our gift to the new 2012 members, we offer one complimentary meal per new membership. This event is open to all members of the Pikes Peak Section, not just the new members. Please join us for the social at 5:30 p.m., when wait staff will be available for drink orders. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Please make your reservation no later than Wednesday, March 14, as per restaurant request. We look forward to sharing the evening with our new and current members. See you at Mimi’s at 7133 N. Academy Blvd on Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. And remember - the new member gets a free meal! For more information, contact Mary Bixler at 719-597-1281 or at mebixler@comcast. net.

Member Name _______________________________________________ Guest Name ____________________________________________ _______ _____ Dinners at $23.25 = $__________ One New Member’s Meal Is Free! Contact information: Phone __________________________________ Email __________________________________ Make check payable to MBCA Pikes Peak Section and mail to Mary Bixler, 3650 Hayman Ct., Colorado Springs 80910


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Section Officers President: Andrew Nelson ottobahn2@gmail.com 719-464-7018 Vice President: Judy Bennett bennett912@comcast.net 719-576-9737 Secretary: Mary Bixler mebixler@comcast.net 719-597-1281 Treasurer: Julie Nelson ottobahn2@gmail.com 719-634-7522

View From the Peak by Andrew Nelson

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he end of the world is nigh! Mercedes-Benz will offer a front drive car for sale in the U.S. The new CLA is front wheel drive, but most likely U.S. cars will arrive with 4-matic as standard.

Actually, MBZ has been producing front Directors: drive vehicles for some time available to markets other than the U.S. Front-wheel Stan Bixler drive does make logical sense in that the sebixler@comcast.net 719-597-1281 original horse-powered vehicles literally had the horse in front, pulling the wagon Gary Gagnon gary.gagnon@linquest.com or carriage along behind it. But when the 719-282-9313 first horseless carriages developed, the Glenn Hamill relatively heavy, crude, vibrating lumps ghamill@benzcoloradoof engines of the day were stabilized by springs.com locating them at the rear over the drive 719-575-7931 wheels, with the fronts handling the steerBill Kasper ing chores. bkas1945@msn.com 719-495-9867

Dan Kerbs dankerbs00@yahoo.com 719-594-6017

Where was the gas tank? You literally sat on it. Because the carbs were gravity fed, the vehicle’s bench seat was located on

Henry Russell kc0naj@gmail.com 719-599-5503

Mercedes News

Dave Williamson dwilliamson@benzcoloradosprings.com 719-575-7976

Webmaster:

Robert Boren r_i_boren@hotmail.com

Editor:

Judy Bennett bennett912@comcast.net 719-576-9737

Regional Director:

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When “A Good Day To Die Hard,” star-

ring Bruce Willis, hit theaters last month, some 14 different vehicles from Mercedes were center stage alongside Willis. The C-Class gets plenty of screen time, along with the G-Class, the Unimog, the Sprinter, and the heavy-duty Zetros truck, meant for off-road applications (and likely unfamiliar to moviegoers in the U.S.). The Mercedes Vito makes an appearance, as do the new E-Class sedan, the G63

top of the tank. Though there were variations, this was the basic design standard until the debut of the first Mercedesbadged vehicle in 1901. The 1901 Mercedes is considered the first modern car, and all other manufacturers have copied its basic design architecture still to this day, i.e., radiator/ water-cooled stroke gasoline engine in front driving the rear wheels; people, cargo, luggage in the middle; the front wheels turned by a steering wheel. This vehicle’s signature honeycomb radiator became the iconic Mercedes-Benz front grill design architecture that can still (barely) be seen in the front styling of today’s vehicles. So has Mercedes-Benz come full circle with more offerings of front-wheel drive? I don’t know, but into the future whatever wheels are driven and power plants utilized, the Mercedes-Benz Star will lead the way. As always, drive safe, and I will see you down the road.

Andrew

AMG, a GL-Class and a Maybach 57. Wonder why Mercedes didn’t find a way to incorporate its latest car, the CLA, into the movie, even if it meant dubbing it in from a green screen background? It’s equally shocking that Willis’ character, John McClane, doesn’t combat evil behind the wheel of a Smart ForTwo, since that would certainly raise brand awareness! Can you spot all 14 Mercedes?

‘Round the BENZ is published monthly by the Pikes Peak Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA), Inc. Articles and ideas are the opinions of the writers and no authentication is implied as to the validity of any information contained therein. Explicit permission to republish any article with proper attribution is given to all sections of MBCA, Inc. Articles for publication consideration should be mailed to Pikes Peak Section, MBCA, Attn: Editor, 4335 Penhurst Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or, whenever possible, emailed to: bennett912@comcast.net. Deadline for receipt is the 18th of the month prior to the month of issue.

Pikes Peak Section members are encouraged to support the advertisers in our newsletter. They help to make this publication possible.


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- Membership

Meeting

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 6:00 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Section Board of Direc-

tors has completed a periodic review of the Section Bylaws in accordance with the MBCA Standard Operating Procedures and has voted to amend the Bylaws. The Bylaws are written rules for conduct, established by the Pikes Peak Section to regulate itself, as allowed by MBCA. In effect, these bylaws are a contract among members and must be formally amended. In addition, the Board of Directors has created a Section constitution as required by the National Bylaws. The constitution prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of the Section. This document must be approved by the membership. Both the new Bylaws and constitution are available

for review on the Section website at http:// mbca.org/pikes_peak There will be a vote of our membership on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs, 730 Automotive Drive, Colorado Springs at 6:00 p.m. during our regular monthly meeting. At that time, revisions to the Bylaws will be approved and the constitution adopted by a two-thirds majority of all Active members present at the meeting. All members are invited to attend. If you plan to attend, please bring a folding chair, as seats are limited in our meeting room. Those who are unable to attend may mail completed original ballots to the address indicated. Please direct any questions to Judy Bennett at 719-576-9737 or bennett912@comcast.net

Official Pikes Peak Section Ballot

“If you plan

Member Name:_________________________________________________ _______ Approve Bylaws _______ Approve Constitution

to attend,

______ Disapprove Bylaws

bring a folding chair....”

______ Disapprove Constitution

Mail ballot to Charlie Bennett, Rocky Mountain Regional Director 4335 Penhurst Place, Colorado Springs 80906 Ballots must be received not later than Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Electronic Newsletter

TO OUR MEMBERS - this will be the last hard copy newsletter for many of you. On 1 April, we will stop delivery of the hard copy to members with e-mail addresses. If you would like to continue receiving the hard copy newsletter, please notify the editor that you wish to receive it. In addition, please make sure the MBCA NBO has your current e-mail address. Update via the MBCA website, so that you can guarantee continued delivery of ‘Round the Benz. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Bennett, 719-576-9737 or bennett912@comcast.net. ‘ROUND

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D-I-Y Tech Session -

Sunday, 14 April 2013

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“...they enjoy tinkering with their beautiful Benzes and saving some significant money....”

Dave Williamson has scheduled another Do-It-Yourself Tech Session at MercedesBenz of Colorado Springs. It will be held on Sunday, 14 April at 10:00 a.m. This is becoming a very popular event as our members have discovered that they enjoy tinkering with their beautiful Benzes and saving some significant money in the

Sunday Brunch -

palate and biggest appetite, combined with the best view....”

As usual, Dave, Andy, and Tim will be on hand to walk us through whatever repair or procedure we choose. Replacing brake pads? Changing oil? It’s all much easier with access to the lifts and equipment at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs. The parts department will be open and extend the usual 20 percent discount to Pikes Peak Section members. The cost for this session is $10. Last time we filled all the bays, so get your reservation in early. Call Dave at 719-575-7976. Put this date on your calendar, folks; you and your Mercedes-Benz will be glad you did.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

“..the most discerning

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he Pikes Peak Section will gather at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort for their sumptuous Sunday Brunch. We’ll have an area reserved for the section in the dining area. If you’ve not had an opportunity to experience the resort’s brunch you are in for a treat. The Sunday Brunch is fit for the most discerning palate and biggest appetite, combined with the best view in Colorado Springs. You’ll enjoy waffles and omelets on the hearth made to order from their chefs. The cheese and salad bar is filled

Another Delivery

with delectable flavors from around the world. Several main dishes such as eggs benedict, crepes and much more are included, as well as a very well-rounded dessert bar with their special recipe vanilla ice cream. After brunch, a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, weather permitting, will be organized as an ad-hoc event so we can walk off the great meal. RSVP to Gary Gagnon not later than 14 April 2013, (719) 332-7501, gagnong4@ msn.com. Attendees should plan on meeting at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 11:00 a.m. Currently, the cost per person for the Brunch is $30, taxes and gratuity not included.

Dan & Cheryl Kerbs took delivery of a pretty white

ML350 on Saturday, 2 February. They had waited a long time to find the right vehicle and sure got a great one. It was a whirlwind buying experience and we didn’t have time to set up our normal dealership champagne toast. So President Steve made the executive decision to move the celebration to Dan & Cheryl’s house, much to their surprise! We happily joined with former toast-ees to welcome their new ML into our Pikes Peak Section Mercedes-Benz family.

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PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS! Wine Country Weekend

We plan to kick off the Spring and Summer driving season with a bang - well not really. But we are planning an overnight trip to Grand Junction, CO, located in the heart of Colorado’s wine country.

The Grand Junction area is home to some of Colorado’s best wineries and vineyards. Try out Desert Sun, Whitewater Hill, Two Rivers, or Ptarmigan Vineyards. If you prefer hops to grapes, be sure to check out local brewpubs like Kannah Creek or Rockslide, where each serves up a selection of its own special beers. If you prefer other activities, check out the colorful red rock formations, gravity-defying boulders and sheer-walled canyons

- 10-12 May 2013

that define the Colorado National Monument. Or try guided whitewater rafting trips through the magnificent canyons in the area. Golf, biking, and hiking are other outdoor activities available. We’ll be staying at the Fairfield Inn, where our hospitality suite will be up and running. We have reserved deluxe queen rooms and king suites for $99.95 and $125.95, respectively. Contact Cheryl Kerbs to reserve your room today - these rooms will be held until 10 April. Contact her at cheryl.kerbs@frosch.com or call 800-878-2929 x 177. Other questions? Give Judy Bennett a call at 719-576-9737.

VMCCA Car Show and Fun Run

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he Pikes Peak Section plans to make our presence known at the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) Car Show in Canon City on 18 May. We’re looking to get together a contingent of beautiful Benzes to show those muscle cars and classics that we can compete on any field. We’ve done this car show in the past and had a great time, relaxing and talking to anybody who will listen about our babies - not our grandbabies, but our cars! So bring a cooler of frosty drinks and some camp chairs and kick back with us. You can also check out the car corral, flea

- 18 May 2013

market, swap meet, or craft show. We will pre-register so we can be parked together on the grass. Pre-registration is $20 and includes admission for the driver and a passenger. After the show, we’ll get together for a scenic drive and a celebratory meal. Let’s blow the winter dust off the grille, break out the California dusters, and head south for the first Fun Run of the Spring. If you would like to join us, call Charlie Bennett at 719-576-9737.

Mile High Section Events

For more information, visit the MHS website at http: www.milehighmbca.org

Tech Session at Autoweave Upholstery Date: 9 March 2013; 10:00 a.m. Location: 2613 W. 64th Ave., #A Cost: $5 per person Contact: Norm Franklin, 303-789-3915 Anschutz Medical Campus Tour Date: 6 April 2013; 10:00 a.m. Location: Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora Cost: $5 per person plus cost of lunch at

the Islamorada Restaurant Contact: Michael Davidson at mhd1654@ gmail.com Money Museum Tour Date: 4 May 2013; 10:00 a.m. Location: 818 N. Cascade Ave, Colo Spgs Cost: $10 per person plus cost of lunch Contact: Michael Davidson, mhd1654@ gmail.com ‘ROUND

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Page 6 MBUSI Welcome Center

Title TBD

Barber Motorsports Park

Aldridge Gardens

U.S Space & Rocket Center

Come for the Tech! ® Come for the Fun!

StarTech 2013 • Factory Tours of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) • MBUSA and MBUSI Speakers • Touring Laps – Barber Motorsports Road Course • Technical Seminars

Birmingham, Alabama Maintenance May –18-22, 2013– Modification – –

Repairs Restoration

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Vintage Races at Barber Motorsports U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA Tour Shopping Garden & Museum Tours Something for everyone...

Manufacturing

For information and registration package contact Liz Roberson at lizroberson2013@gmail.com | 205.822.8460 Mercedes-Benz Club of America | Alabama Section www.StarTech2013.org

VLA Tour

by Jo Chase, President, NM Section pricing at a local Albuquerque hotel for those requirSaturday, 15 June 2013 ing overnight accommodations.

If the photo looks familiar, it is the filming site for the movie “Contact” starring Jody Foster, and written by MBUSI Welcome Center Title TBD Barber Motorsports Park Aldridge Gardens U.S Space & Rocket Center Carl Sagan. You can check out the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at their website: www.nrao. edu/index.php/learn/vlavc. Contact Jo Chase for more information at 505-717-1270 or 505-220-3267 • Factory Tours of Mercedes-Benz (cell) or• email Vintage Races at Barber Motorsports her at Farmgal229@aol.com. U.S. International (MBUSI) • U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA Tour [Editor’s For Pikes Peak Section members • MBUSA and MBUSI Speakers • Note: Shopping who wish to attend this great • Touring Laps – Barber • Garden & Museum Toursevent, but only want to spend one night, you can make reservations in SoMotorsports Road Course • Something for everyone... he NM Section would like to invite you to join us corro, NM and meet up with the NM Section there. • Technical Seminars for a tour of the VLA (Very Large Array) in the Plains Socorro is about 2 hours from Albuquerque.] – NM Maintenance – Modification of San Agustin near Socorro, on Saturday, June – Repairs – Manufacturing 15, 2013. The telescope array consists of twenty– Restoration seven, 230-ton, 25-meter diameter dish antennas that together comprise a single radio telescope system that is among the most productive research tools in astronomy. For information and registration package contact Liz Roberson

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lizroberson2013@gmail.com | 205.822.8460 We will depart from Albuquerque at 8:00ata.m. and drive to the VLA where we will enjoy a gourmet box Mercedes-Benz lunch prior to beginning the tour mid-day. The tour Club of America | Alabama Section www.StarTech2013.org will last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. We will then have time to visit the gift shop prior to departing for the drive back to Albuquerque. Maps will be provided in your welcome package. Arrangements will be made for group ‘ROUND

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Der Marktplatz

1981 Mercedes 300 SD. Single owner, 80,000 miles, Chinese red with tan leather upholstery. Excellent condition. Runs like new. $8500 OBO. Contact Tom: (719) 633-5185 or rtradcliffe26@ gmail.com

2000 SL-500 hardtop (black and perfect) with storage stand for $1,000. Plus I’m interested in purchasing a ‘04 or ‘05 SL-500, black-on-black or blackon-gray, the usual stuff perfect and low mileage for around $20,000 - $25,000. Rick Palmer 597-5241. Mercedes Benz 300 CD, 5-cylinder Turbo Diesel. Sun roof, dark blue/beige interior. New tires, hoses, belts and Bilstein shocks. Mercedes serviced with abundant mechanical records. Third owner, with 236,000 miles. It was displayed at concours/charity shows. Needs nothing. $5,300 OBO. David Hester 303-933-7610

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his just in from the latest edition of the MBCA enewsletter, Click, a quick wrap-up of news, discounts & special events: Want to win a Mercedes-Benz SL550 valued at $105,500? Plus $26,000 cash? Look for MBCA’s Spring Raffle ad in the March/April Star® and in an upcoming email from the NBO. A Raffle ticket order form will arrive in Member mailboxes in early March. Don’t miss it! MBCA’s mobile app is now compatible with MORE devices. In addition to using it on Apple’s i-devices, you can now download the App on the following Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S III; Samsung Galaxy S II; Google Nexus 4; Google Nexus; HTC One X; HTC EVO 4G LTE; LG Optimus G; Sony Ericsson Xperia T; Sony. The deadline for submitting 2013 Election Petitions is May 15. MBCA will conduct a national election this year to select three Directors at Large (DALs) and six Regional Directors (RDs). The DALs whose terms expire in 2013 are: Mary Alice Cozza, Jim Luikens and Terry Kiwala. Affected Regions include:

Northeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Northwest, Central and Western.
 
Ready to run for one of these top leadership positions? Go to www.mbca.org to find the printable petition forms or call 800.637.2360 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm MST, for assistance.

Your Car is the Star! Immortalize yourself and your Mercedes with a framed poster, created by the Pikes Peak Section. Send us a high quality photo of you and your car in jpg format. We will create a framed mock-up of the cover of the Star Magazine, featuring your photo with a suitable caption. Various sizes are available, costing up to $35. Contact Charlie Bennett at 719-576-9737 or charlesibennett@ comcast.net for more information. ‘ROUND

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Tech Tips

by Ken Sheehan

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eep That New Mercedes Looking Good!

“Waxing the headlight lenses will

[Editor’s Note: Ken Sheehan has volunteered to provide a monthly series of articles on all things Mercedes. This is the first of his articles.] As many of you know, the time when car

keep them from manufacturers used glass in their headlight solarizing....”

systems is long gone. Modern cars use a clear plastic over the bulbs in the headlight system. With time, the lenses begin to become cloudy. This is called solarizing, and it’s caused by infrared rays from the sun. There are numerous products on the market that claim to return your clear lenses. But before that becomes an issue I would like to pass on a tip. For the past 20+ years when I wax my car

or cars, I use a good quality wax to protect the paint work, and I also wax the headlight lenses. Waxing the headlight lenses will keep them from solarizing by putting a protective coat of wax over the plastic. It’s that simple - spending a couple of minutes waxing the headlight lenses will save you time and money in the long run. Prior to winter I always apply a good coat of wax followed by a sealer to the paint, bright work and headlights. Doing so will help protect the finish from harsh road chemicals. I have recently started using a new Meguiar’s car wax. Meguiar’s NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 can be found at most car parts stores. So far I am very pleased with this product; it goes on easy and it’s easy to polish. If anyone has an idea for a TechTip, please send it along to me and I will be happy to include it in a future Tech Tips column. Contact me at ac0nj@hotmail.com.

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he Pikes Peak Section would like to congratulate our very own dealership, Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs, for winning the 2012 Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award. This is the 4th year in

“2012 Best of the Best....”

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a row they have won this award. They also won the prestigious President’s Award, given to only 10 of the Best of the Best Dealerships nationwide. This recognition was no surprise to us. Well done!


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Winter Skills Driving but MasterDrive is offering it to us for only $99, if you mention you’re a member of MBCA.

MasterDrive, a local driving education

center of excellence, is offering a special price for Pikes Peak Section members for their three-hour Winter Driving Course. This training will be in your vehicle and work primarily with smoothness & skid prevention & skid recovery exercises. This will help you to become much more comfortable with winter weather & other slippery roads! See http://www.masterdrive.com/ winter-driving-skills for more information. The price for this course is normally $149,

“...we have our

Current class dates and times are:

worst winter

March 6, Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

weather still to

March 16, Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

come.”

March 16, Saturday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This is a really good deal - and don’t forget we have our worst winter weather still to come. Contact Judy Bennett for the registration materials (information sheet, application, and release of liability forms) at bennett912@comcast.net or give her a call at 719-576-9737.

Mining Exchange Breakfast Recap

Mercedes aficionados were in for a real

treat on Saturday, 16 Feb. We ventured downtown for breakfast at the Springs Orleans Restaurant and a tour of the new Mining Exchange Hotel. Breakfast was a great sampling of Creole treats from Eggs Étouffée to French Toast Bananas Foster. It was all delicious. After a leisurely meal where we got to know some of our new members a little better, we toured the public spaces of the hotel, including the original copper staircases

discovered during the massive renovation of this historic landmark building. It was a beautiful day so rather than let it end, several members decided to head up to Cripple Creek to see the ice sculptures. Unfortunately, they had melted by the time we arrived so we headed off for a scenic drive through Deckers and a short cut to Sedalia before ending up in Monument for a quick snack before heading home. Check

The Breakfast Bunch

out all the pictures at www. mbca.org/pikes_ peak.

MLs In The Mountains

All in all, it was a great day. Thanks to Dan & Cheryl Kerbs for putting it together.

Hosts Dan & Cheryl

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Baby G-Wagen?

by Zach Bowman

Car reports Mercedes-Benz may be con-

sidering expanding its G-Class line to include a new, smaller model. The so-called GLG would serve as a competitor for the upcoming, next-generation Land Rover Defender. Internally, the smaller G wears the code name X156 and will be based on the A-Class architecture. Expect to see styling lifted straight from the larger G, complete with a horizontal roof line and near-vertical back hatch. Car insists Mercedes-Benz will retain the A-Class front-wheel drive layout for two-wheel drive models, while 4MATIC models will also be

2013 Formula 1, W04

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Under the hood, the company plans to serve up a range of engines, including a 1.6-liter gasoline mill good for 122 horsepower as well as a 2.0-liter unit with anywhere from 156 to 211 hp on hand. Four diesel variants will also show up in the EU, the most powerful of which will displace 2.1 liters and pump out 204 hp. Car suggests AMG will get its hands on the pintsized bruiser. The product of that union should serve up 345 hp, a seven-speed automatic gearbox and beefier brakes. That seems like an awful lot of detail for a model Mercedes-Benz executives haven’t even signed off on yet, though the report says the vehicle could get the green light at any moment.

by Viknesh Vijayenthiran

ercedes AMG took the wraps off its new W04 Formula One race car that former world champion Lewis Hamilton will be driving in his first year with the team, and his first away from McLaren, which he has been linked with since the age of 13.

Rosberg, a close friend of Hamilton, is also looking forward to the new arrangement. “It’s his first time in the Silver Arrow and I look forward to working together and pushing each other hard, to make this the best team in F1,” the German said.

Driving alongside Hamilton will be Nico Rosberg, who was first to drive the W04 during its debut at the Jerez race track in Spain. An electrical fire in the W04’s wiring harness sent Nico Rosberg to the garage on his first day. Unfortunately, Hamilton lost rear brake pressure in the W04, causing him to hit the gravel trap and tire barrier at the end of the straight during his first test run.

With the technical regulations remaining stable in 2013, ahead of major changes for 2014, the basic vehicle concept of the W04 is an evolution of last year’s car. Designers focused on the aerodynamics and the exhaust system.

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The W04 also does away with the stepped-nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small vanity panel, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. As with the rest of the cars competing in the 2013 F1 season, the W04 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V-8 engine and features a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), just like last year. The car also retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimizing tire life and performance.


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‘Round the Benz Editor 4335 Penhurst Place Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Return Service Requested

To:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Calendar of Upcoming Events On the Web at www.mbca. org/pikes_ peak/

MBCA Pikes Peak Section

5 March 2013 Monthly Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-464-7018 16 March 2013* New Member Party - 5:30 p.m. Mary Bixler 719-597-1281 *No monthly breakfast in March

21 April 2013* Sunday Brunch - 11:00 a.m. 719-282-9313 Gary Gagnon *Monthly breakfast moved to Sunday 7 May 2013 Monthly Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-464-7018

2 April 2013 Membership Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-464-7018

10-12 May 2013 Wine Country Weekend Judy Bennett

14 April 2013 D-I-Y Tech Session - 10:00 a.m. Dave Williamson 719-575-7976

18 May 2013 Monthly Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. VMCCA Car Show & Fun Run Charlie Bennett 719-576-9737

719-576-9737

The Pikes Peak Section Board of Directors meets the First Tuesday of Each Month at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs, 730 Automotive Drive. Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. All Section members are welcome and encouraged to attend. ‘ROUND

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