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‘ROUND THE BENZ Welcome new F members! Zahra Harrison

VMCCA Fun Run Saturday, 17 May 2014 9:00 a.m.

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Marvin & David Hart 2014 GLK250 Blue Tech 2014 CLA250 AMG

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Inside this issue: View From the Peak

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Mercedes News

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South Park Weekend 3 Star Party

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Charity Car Show

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M-B Low Recall Rate 4 Jt Section Picnic

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Drive to the Clouds

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MHS Events

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North to Alaska!

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Der Marktplatz

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History CO Recap

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2016 M-Class

Newsletter of the PIKES PEAK SECTION

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G63 in Jurassic Park 10

Calling all cars! It’s time once again for

the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) Car Show at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City. We are planning our annual pilgrimage to MOPAR after our monthly breakfast in May. Let’s go and see all the classic and muscle cars turned out in their nostalgic finery. Plan to meet at The Egg & I Restaurant (in the Citadel Crossing Shopping Center) for our monthly breakfast. We will then caravan down to Canon City for the show. We will park in the lot to the west of the Abbey and show grounds. After a suitable interval to gawk at all the beautiful cars, we will stop by Fred Daams’ house

to check on the progress of his Spitfire fighter - you remember, the one he’s building in his garage? Then we’ll drive off on our first organized Paved Peaks & Passes Drive. First off, we’ll head for Skyline Drive in Canon City. If you haven’t driven this little gem, don’t miss it. Then we’ll head south to a local Colorado landmark, Bishop’s Castle and we get to bag 2 passes while we’re getting there - Hardscrabble Pass and Bigelow Divide. Lunch will be at the quaint Lodge at San Isabel, famous for its burgers and burritos, before heading home via I-25. It’lll be a full day of driving, and appreciating a lot of hot cars (ours included!) If you have any questions, please contact Judy Bennett at bennett912@comcast.net or give her a call at 719-576-9737.

Paved Peaks & Passes

It’s official. The Paved Peaks & Passes

program has launched and our first passport holders have bagged their first passes. We now have eight passport holders with more applicants waiting in the wings. It’s easy to get with this fun program. All you have to do is come to breakfast or one of our events. Give us a check for $75. In return you will get a beautiful, commemorative passport that contains 36 paved peaks and passes within a day’s drive of Colorado Springs. You will also receive a map of Colorado and a set of instructions for completing your passport.

We will place the order for your jacket, which will be presented upon completion of your first pass. Join us for breakfast this month as we drive the beautiful (and paved) scenic byways of our beautiful state.

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View From the Peak by Andrew Nelson

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he Silver Arrows are definitely back and so far, dominating the 2014 Formula 1 season. The Mercedes AMG F1 team is a perfect four for four, winning the pole position and first four races of the 19-race F1 campaign. They have also finished first and second in the last three races, with Lewis Hamilton winning and Nico Rosberg bringing home second place. The first race in Australia likely would have finished in that order, but Hamilton had to retire because of mechanical issues, with Rosberg taking the win. With a three-week break before the Spanish Grand Prix kicks off the European races on the schedule, it will be interesting to see if the Ferrari or Red Bull teams (or any other team, for that

matter) can close the performance gap to the Silver Arrows. It will be a daunting task because the Mercedes-Benz power unit clearly produces the most power and is the most fuel efficient as well! The Mercedes chassis is better balanced with superior handling and is friendly to its tires so the cars can run a longer stint between pit stops on each set of tires, which provides more race strategy options. It looks like the only thing that could stop the Silver Arrows is a mechanical breakdown, but apart from Hamilton’s DNF in the opening race, both cars have appeared bulletproof. The rest of the F1 world has its work cut out to try to reduce the performance gap. I don’t think they will be able to do it, but I will enjoy watching the return to dominance of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows the rest of this year. As always, drive safe, and I will see you down the road.

Andrew

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he name of Mercedes-Benz’s new sports car to fill the void left by the discontinued SLS AMG has been confirmed as “GT”, which in the automotive world is short for grand touring and means that the new sports car will be fast, comfy and designed more for the road than the track. Like the SLS AMG it replaces, the GT is being fully developed by Mercedes-AMG at the tuner’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, so the car’s full title is

“Mercedes-AMG GT.” It rides on a new aluminum chassis, albeit one derived from the chassis in the SLS AMG, and it’s smaller than the SLS despite the interior being much the same size. Though yet to be confirmed, it’s widely expected that power in the GT will come from a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that AMG will eventually offer in most of its V8-powered lineup, including the next C63 AMG.

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South Park Weekend 21-22 June 2014

Come with us as we rediscover our Gold Rush past during our South Park Weekend, 21-22 June. South Park City, a remarkable restoration of early Gold Rush towns, is the focus of our weekend, preserving the history of our nation’s frontier while educating and entertaining today’s visitors. The museum is an accurate representation of a mining town between 1860 and 1900. Thirty-four authentic buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts portray most of the economic and social aspects of boomtown life. After our museum tour, we’ll move on to the annual South Park Kick-Ass BBQ Festival. You can sample pork BBQ from five of the competing teams for $15 for lunch. Then it’s off to wander among the vendors and pick up some souvenirs at this unique “Highest BBQ Competition” in the world! For those not returning home Saturday afternoon and choosing to stay the night for the next day’s events, we’ve reserved rooms for our group at a local hotel. In the evening, we will meet for cocktails and dinner and a special presentation from the

president of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Historical Society. Fairplay-Valition Hotel (www.stayfairplay.com) - $99 per night for 2 people. Phone number 719-836-4699. When calling, refer to the Mercedes Event or Karen Absher. Breakfast is available at 20% discount off menu prices, or you can partake in the breakfast at the Hand Hotel at a flat rate of $6.00 per person. Following breakfast on Sunday, we’ll drive to Como for a special tour of the stonebuilt railroad round house, dating from the 1870s. This structure is being restored and is not normally open for public tours. After our tour, we’ll head for Breckenridge via Boreas Pass, a well-maintained gravel road. If you don’t want to do dirt, it’s an easy drive back to Fairplay and over Hoosier Pass into Breckenridge for lunch.

Star Party Saturday, 28 June 2014 9:00 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, 28 June at Absher

Acres in Peyton for our first Star Party. The location will offer a good view of the northern, eastern and southern skies. We will be able to see Saturn and Mars along with hundreds of deep space objects, if we have clear skies. Prior to the evening viewing we will set up a few computers displaying sky maps and explain what you’ll be seeing in the telescope. If you want to get a head start, go to http://www.stellarium.org/ and download a copy of the latest version of Stellarium, a free planetarium program. We will have up to 5 or more telescopes

set up in a dark field to view the night sky objects. Just a few of the objects we will be able to see on the night of the 28th of June (weather permitting) will be located in the east and south portion of the night sky. This will be an opportunity to get together with friends for an entertaining and educational evening in the great outdoors. In addition to star viewing, we will be running a sci-fi or astronomy-related movie. The club will be supplying water and some soft drinks, so there will be a $5 charge per car. Come out, bring your lawn chairs, mosquito repellent, a light jacket and whatever you want to eat. It should be a great evening in the great outdoors. ‘ROUND

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ACHTUNG!! Das automobilenmachine ist fur looken und

nicht fender thumpen und mittengraben. Ist easy schnappen springenwork blowenfusen und poppentires mit das feeten. Das rubbernecken sightseern keepen hans in das pockets - Relaxen und watch das blinken lights, spittzensparken und bangensmoken!

Charity Car Show

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he Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Car Show will be held on 8 June at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO. Now in its 31st year, the Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Car Show is a Colorado summer tradition that attracts several thousand people every year. Car enthusiasts from around Colorado and beyond will showcase nearly 500 of the most unique, rare and exotic sports cars on wheels today. This is a great opportunity help support Ability Connection Colorado – formerly Cerebral Palsy of Colorado (CPCO). The registration fee is $50 to show or $10 admission and all proceeds benefit Ability Connection Colorado’s Children’s Programs. Contact Harvey LeCato at 719331-1212 or mbca@comcast.net to sign up. If you’d like to see the show for free, in exchange for 3 hours of volunteering at the show, let Harvey know.

Bagels & Buffers For those of you who plan to show your cars at this show – let’s have a detail session to get ‘em ready. We will have a Bagels and Buffers get-together on Saturday, 8 June. The great clean-up will take place at Harvey’s “estate” at 7460 Taos Dr, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and bagels. Electricity will also be provided. Bring your detail kit and a sharp eye to catch and get rid of those imperfections. Vacuums will also be available. You don’t have to show your car to participate! If you’re interested, please RSVP to Harvey by 5 June. In the meantime, clip the warning below to protect your baby during the car show:

Mercedes Has Lowest Recall Rate

ISeeCars analyzed recall rates between

1985 and 2014 for each automaker, and compared it with sales data from 1980 to 2013. iSeeCars’ research showed that Mercedes-Benz had the lowest overall re-

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call rate during the time period. According to the study, Mercedes-Benz recalled 2.1 million vehicles out of the 5.2 million it sold in the U.S. during the time analyzed.


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PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS! Joint Section Picnic

- 12 July 2014

We had such a good time at our picnic

last year that we’ve decided to do it again. Clark and Karen Absher have offered to once again host the 2014 Joint Section Picnic. It will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Absher Acres. Everything will kick off at 12:00 noon with a catered lunch followed by a short, fun rally and then dessert and the trophy presentations at a mystery location. All you need to bring is a Mercedes, and $10.00 per person to cover the cost of the catered lunch. Lunch begins promptly at noon, so plan to arrive no later than 11:45 AM. Arrive with at least a ½ tank of gas. Absher Acres (17410 Prospector Drive, Peyton, CO 80831) is located on the north facing slope of the Palmer Ridge, four miles north of Peyton. All driving will be on paved roads except for the last 1/2 mile

Drive to the Clouds

It’s time to head for the hills everyone.

upon your arrival at and departure from Absher Acres. In addition to those choosing to participate in the rally (maximum of 16 teams), we will need a minimum of four teams to manage the speed gun and check points during the rally. The rally winners (first, second and third) will be determined by accumulating the fewest penalty points with penalty points assigned for traffic violations, failures to fully complete challenges at the various check points, and missing the pre-established time to complete the rally. The rally will be between 50 and 70 miles in length and the closest gas station is 14 miles. In order to properly plan for the quantity of food, please RSVP to Clark or Karen by July 7, 2014 at 719 749-2621 (home phone), 719 332-5334 (Clark’s cell phone)

- 19 July 2014

Yes, we’re driving to Mt Evans, the highest paved road in North America. We will head north after our July monthly breakfast at The Egg & I for a scenic drive through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Our destination is the summit of the Mt Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved mountain road in the United States. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway consists

of State Highway 103 from Idaho Springs, Colorado on I-70 about 13 miles to Echo Lake, and Colorado 5 from Echo Lake 15 miles, ending at a parking area and turn-

around just below the summit. This route is only open in the summer.

Mile High Section Events

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

Loveland Drive & Tour Date: 10 May 2014; 10:00 a.m. Location: M-B Loveland, 4040 Byrd Dr Cost: $5 per person; no host lunch Contact: Niels Haubold, 303-949-7673; n.haubold@outlook.com

Sky Sox Game Date: 18 May 2014; 12:30 p.m. Location: Security Service Field, CoS Cost: $25 per person Contact: Bob Mashburn, 303-988-2710; bob_mashburn78@yahoo.com ‘ROUND

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North to Alaska!

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our Section is trying something new this year - we’re going to get out of the dirt and into the water. Yes, we’re going on a cruise to Alaska. Our travel coordinator, Cheryl Kerbs, has arranged a 7-day round-trip cruise from Seattle on Celebrity Cruise Lines’ Celebrity Solstice. Solstice was recently named “Best Cruise Ship” by Frommers. This 3000-passenger liner is famed for its fabulous food and amenities such as seven restaurants, a nightclub, casino, theater and various lounges and bars and a worldclass AquaSpa. Shore excursions range from bear, whale, and glacier sightings, to photography workshops, to sightseeing in Juneau, Victoria and Seattle. We’re also working on a welcome reception and cocktail party on board. It’s going to be a blast, and we hope you can join us. Click on this link to see the details of the

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trip that’s been planned especially for us: http://www.signaturetravelnetwork. com/product/cruise/dsp_offeroutput. cfm?agency_id=787&cid=649821 Cheryl has reserved 20 cabins and a fully refundable $500 deposit per person will get you on board. Nine cabins are already spoken for. If you want to reserve a specific cabin or type of cabin, you would pay the full deposit of $500. The payment schedule is as follows: May 15: final payment due You can cancel your reservation with no penalty until May 19, after which cancellation penalties will apply. Prices include taxes but not transfers, airfare, or shore excursions. Contact Cheryl today to get on board! Email her at cheryl.kerbs@frosch.com or call her at (800) 878-2929.


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Der Marktplatz NEW GARAGE SALE! Time to thin out the herd. Pete Watson is putting some of his special collection of Mercedes on the block, including: - 1988 560SL – Blue/blue. Both tops. 122k miles. $15,500 OBO.

- 1992 500SL. Black/tan interior. Both tops. 115K miles. $12,500 OBO. For more info on the cars as well as prices, email Pete at Peter@hpeterwatson. com or call him at 719-351-0815. 380SL Windscreen. Fits Model R107 (380SL, 450SL, 560SL). A must for a quiet, top-down drive. Perfect condition. New $395. Asking $175 OBO. Call Charlie at 719-576-9737.

Kelly M. Shaffer, CSP Vice President / COO

2118 Hollow Brook Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719.528.8888

Accounting + Administrative + Executive + Medical + Technical www.addstaffinc.com

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his just in from the latest edition of the MBCA e-newsletter, Click, a quick wrap-up of news, discounts & special events: Spring Raffle — Dream of Summer Driving A New SL550! Enter NOW to win a 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL500! On June 17, 2014 the MBCA will select one Grand Prize Winner to receive a Mercedes-Benz 2014 SL550 plus $26,000 cash in the MBCA Spring 2014 Raffle. Complete and mail your official entry form from your mailbox flyer OR call the National Business Office at 800.637.2360 Mon-Thurs 8am4:30pm or Fri 8am-4pm Mtn Time. 5th Annual SprinterFest East. Sunday May 3, 2014, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. MBCA’s New York City Long Island Section invites you to SprinterFest East at Sun Motor Cars expansive facility in Mechanicsburg, PA. This one is for Sprinter owners, wannabe owners and anyone interested in Sprinters. Ther will be siminars shop tours and one-on-ones with Mercedes-Benz trained Spinter mechanics. The cost is FREE! Chicago to Key West 2015 Road Trip Adventure

— Reservations are filling fast for this once-in-alifetime adventure! Deposits for this 2015 trip are due on April 1. Dates are August 16-26, 2015. Cost is $3975 per couple and $2927 single and includes hotel accommodations for 10 days, private tours and entertainment, catamaran sailing and unique dinner parties each night. Check out details on the MBCA website. Legends of the Autobahn® 2014 — Celebrate “Legends” 5th anniversary with 100s of MercedesBenz, Audi & BMW enthusiasts on Friday, August 15 during Monterey Classic Car Week. It’s a one-day event that MercedesHeritage.com calls a ‘Monterey MUST VISIT’! Details are on the MBCA website. StarTech 2015 — Join us next summer in Cincinnati, the celebrated “Queen City,” for Midwest hospitality that will include a sparkling Welcome Party on Friday, June 12 and a fabulous Saturday Night Soiree on June 13, with the opportunity to be a part of the Arthritis Foundation’s Concours d’ Elegance at Ault Park with Mercedes-Benz as the featured marque. Along the way, enjoy interesting and interactive seminars and ancillary events for spouses and kids. Contact Pamela Zelman at templehill1840@gmail.com. Additional info can be found on our Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/groups/StarTech2013/ ‘ROUND

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Tech Tips

by Ken Sheehan

Now that winter is starting to become a memory, it’s time to take a good close look at your car to see what needs to be taken care of. The first thing I do is get the pressure washer out and clean the underside of the car. Different cars and trucks have little cavities that retain dirt and sand. Years ago I was working on a mid 70’s English Ford while stationed in Bermuda. “...I keep get- There was a rust hole under the left front bumper. Poking around, I found a compartting back to ment filled with over two pounds of sand. The sand held the moisture close to the waxing your metal causing the panel to rust out. It’s important to look up under the front bumper car. A good area to see if dirt is lodged in small cavities. Also look around the wheel splash areas wax job will po- (inside and outside of the fender well).

tect your car’s If you’ve been reading my Tech Tips, you’ll finish.”

notice I keep getting back to waxing your car. A good wax job will help protect your car’s finish. Before you wax your car, take some time to look over your car to find the little chips, and scratches. Depending on the size and depth of the scratches, many can be removed with a little work. There are several products on the market that do a good job helping to remove the blemishes. Dr ColorChip (http://www.autogeek.net/drcolorchip-paint-chip-repair.html) sells a little kit including the exact matching paint. The web site shows you a stepby-step video on how to repair the chips. Before you begin to repair a paint chip, pick up some alcohol pads from the store. Use the alcohol pad to remove the wax, oil and dirt from the area you are going to repair. This kit will

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help remove small chips, larger chips will require more work and maybe expert help. For small parking lot dents in doors or fenders, I’ve had really good luck taking the car to one of these Paintless Dent Repair places. I’ve used a place located just off the northwest corner of Circle and Platt. I’d be happy to share the address and my impressions. Light scratches can be rubbed out using a fine polishing compound. Rub with the scratch back and forth. All of the auto parts stores sell a scratch removing compound. It’s not as abrasive as the regular polishing or rubbing compound. Another product that seems to do a nice job is scratch repair pens. Watch a demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HO8ZV0BnYs These pens are clear coat pens; they contain clear coat paint. Clean the scratch with an alcohol pad before you begin your repair. It’s important to remove the old wax and dirt. Next use the pen as directed. Do not over-use the pen. Apply just one coat at a time. Let the clear coat dry. Once dry, take a good look at your work. If you are happy with the results, then apply wax and you’re done. If you’re not completely satisfied, then more work will be required. Before you apply another coat of clear coat with the pen, take a damp cloth and apply a little scratch polish. Go over the area, being careful not to over-do it. Then apply another coat. If you haven’t done this type of work before or even if you have, take some time and watch this video at https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=SKeQGknDn_w You will be able to find more You Tube videos showing you how to do these minor repairs. If you are still unsure on what you need to do, you can contact me at ac0nj@ hotmail.com. I’ll be happy to help. Until next time, Happy Motoring,

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History Colorado Center Recap

We had a wonderful Colorado experience on 12 April. Stan & Mary Bixler arranged a tour of the History Colorado Center where the Living West Exhibit Featured “The Storm Is Coming.” We took our pictures in period dress and hairstyles for the Keota yearbook, checked out the general store and the necessities of everyday life in the different displays. We got to milk a cow and take off on the ski jump from Howellson Hill. Then it was on to see how the dust bowl affected our state.

Dan and Cheyl Kerbs’ great grandparents were original Colorado homesteaders and they were able to pick out the locations of their actual homesteads on the land maps available. The authenticity of the displays was utterly astounding. The curators of this exhibit have done a wonderful job and if you didn’t get a chance to go on this tour, do yourself

a favor, and head up to Denver to see it for yourself. It’s easy to find, parking is convenient, and the price is right! Another highlight of our day was sharing the Denver streets with the 4-20 Rally so we really got to view a microcosm of Denver’s vibrant outdoor scene. The munchie vendors were out in full force! We finally made our way to The Great Norhern Restaurant in the Tech Center, where we sampled their extravagant menu as well as their beer selections while we compared notes on what we had seen. We all agreed that we live in an awesome state and

ist at the Sochi Games, life is pretty good for you right now, with cash and a new car waiting for you. Russia gave all of its gold medalists in the Sochi Games $120,000, plus a brand-new Mercedes GL SUV. This led to a bit of logistical leapfrogging with athletes like Julia Lipnitskaya, who is only 15 and not yet of legal driving age in Russia. (She got a personal driver to go along with the car.) Silver medalists got $76,000 and a Mercedes ML, and bronze medalists got $52,000 and a Mercedes GLK. A total of 45 cars were distributed to gold medalists. Russia won a Sochi-leading total of 33 medals, including 13 golds. The cars were provided by the Russian Olympi-

thenticity of the displays was utterly astounding.”

we need to explore it further. Join us on our upcoming outings.

Russian Olympians Get Mercedes

If you’re in Russia, and you’re a medal-

“The au-

by Jay Busbee

ans Foundation, a consortium established by Russian businessmen in 2005. Russian athletes who won medals in the 2012 London Games received new Audis with personal drivers. For comparison’s sake, the United States Olympic Committee pays its winners $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze medal. ‘ROUND

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2016 M-Class Spy Shots

The The current Mercedes-Benz M-Class

first hit the scene in 2011, and soon the popular luxury SUV will receive a mid-cycle update. These are the first spy shots of a prototype for the updated SUV, which we expect to be launched on the market late next year as a 2016 model. The vehicle is heavily disguised at the front, suggesting that there will be extensive changes made to the styling. Expect a rounder and more elegant look for the headlight and grille area, bringing the styling of the M-Class closer in line to that of more recent introductions such as the 2015 GLA-Class. A similar look should feature on the upcoming 2015 GLK-Class as well.

by Viknesh Vijayenthiran

We can also expect some changes to the styling at the rear, with a new diffuser and exhaust tip design shown. Inside, look for plusher materials, new display screens and the latest infotainment software. Expect a major shakeup in the engine department, with the base ML350 model getting a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for approximately 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The engine debuts later this year in the 2015 C-Class. The ML350 BlueTEC diesel is also tipped to receive a new four-cylinder unit. Finally, we may also see a new nine-speed automatic introduced with this facelift. No changes are expected for the engines in the ML550 and ML63 AMG V-8 models. Note, in the next 12-18 months MercedesBenz will also introduce a new version of the M-Class with coupe-like styling. The BMW X6 rival is tipped to be called the MLC although MLS and GLS has also been suggested as possible names. An early test mule for the vehicle has already been spotted.

G63 6x6 Stars in Jurassic Park

The dinosaurs of the upcoming Juras-

sic Park 4 movie, Jurassic World, may not be the biggest things onscreen; news has emerged that the six-wheeled MercedesBenz G63 AMG 6x6 will be making an appearance in the new movie. A photo posted on a fan-operated Facebook page shows a veiled G63 AMG 6x6 that’s reportedly on its way to a film location in Hawaii. Most fans of the franchise will recall the Mercedes M-Class SUVs in the second Jurassic Park movie, The

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by V. Vijayenthiran

Lost World. However, there were other Mercedes models featured in the movie: a handful of Unimogs! We wonder what the writers have in store for the G63 AMG 6x6 in the latest one. So what exactly is the G63 AMG 6x6? Combine an AMG twin-turbo V-8 with the Mercedes-Benz G Class’s robustness, and then throw on an extra axle for good measure, and you’ve got the G63 AMG 6x6, one of the most extreme off-roading machines money can buy. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of money to buy one, as the going price is set at 350,000 euros (approximately $479,475 at current rates). Jurassic World is set for release on June 12, 2015. Some of the human characters in the movie will be played by actors Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan.


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MBCA Pikes Peak Section

Calendar of Upcoming Events 6 May 2014 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522

28 June 2014 Star Party - 9:00 p.m. Ken Sheehan

17 May 2014 Monthly Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. VMCCA Car Show Judy Bennett 719-576-9737

1 July 2014 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522

3 June 2014 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522 8-9 June 2014 Bagels & Buffers/Charity Car Show Harvey LeCato 719-331-1212 21-22 June 2014 Monthly Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. South Park Weekend 719-597-1281 Stan & Mary Bixler

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12 July 2014 Joint Sectionn Picnic - 11:30 a.m. Clark Absher 719-634-7522 19 July 2014 Monthly Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. Drive to Mt Evans Judy Bennett 719-576-9737 12 August 2014 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. 719-634-7522 Andrew Nelson

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