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Welcome new F members!

MBCA Ladies Tea Lunch

Lana Davis

Friday, 15 November 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

M. Jacqueline Gaithe


View From the Peak


Mercedes News


Christmas Party


D-I-Y Tech Session


North to Alaska!


Holiday Lights Drive


everal years ago, when Andrew Nelson became the Rocky Mountain Regional Director for the Mercedes-Benz Club, Julie traveled with him to the Fall National Board Meeting in Los Gatos, California. The board members’ wives enjoyed shopping in the quaint Los Gatos downtown, and taking tea at Lisa’s Tea Treasures. There she made a promise to the Mercedes Ladies—anytime the national board meeting is in Colorado Springs, afternoon tea will be served at the Nelson’s.

Annual Potluck


So, in the spirit of tradition and friendship,

Mile High Events


Tech Tips


Der Marktplatz




Election Results


Thank You Steve


Meet the Board


Marian Kirby Hitesh Patel 2010 S63 AMG

Inside this issue:

Brewery Tour Recap 9 MLC Coming


Brazilian Production 10 S-Class Cabriolet


you are invited to join Mercedes Ladies from around the country on Friday, November 15, 11:30 a.m., for a tea luncheon at the Nelson home, 1027 Adams Drive, Colorado Springs. A buffet of tea treats will include savories such as classic cucumber-dill and other sandwiches, tiny quiches and sausage rolls; scones with cream and preserves; and, sweet bites such as pecan pie bars and Irish cream delights. A selection of fine teas will round out our menu. The cost for the tea luncheon is $10 per person. Dress is casual. Please RSVP to Julie, (719) 634-7522 or ottobahn2@ We look forward to seeing you there!

MBCA Reception Friday, 15 November 7:00 p.m.


ikes Peak Section members are cordially invited to attend a reception for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America National Board of Directors. The reception will be held at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs at 730 Automotive Drive on Friday, 25 November at 7:00 p.m. Come out and meet the directors and officers who are in charge of charting the future of our club. It will be an opportunity to wish outgoing President, Steve Dierks, bon voyage and meet the new candidates for that office.

Highlights of the evening will include viewing the new S-Class and the new, red hot CLA. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs and the MBCA. There is no charge for this event.

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Section Officers President: Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522 Vice President: Judy Bennett 719-576-9737 Secretary: Mary Bixler 719-597-1281 Treasurer: Julie Nelson 719-634-7522

Directors: Stan Bixler 719-597-1281 Gary Gagnon 719-282-9313 Glenn Hamill 719-575-7931 Dan Kerbs 719-594-6017 Henry Russell 719-599-5503 Sylvia Russell 719-599-5503 Ken Sheehan 719-433-9025 Dave Williamson 719-575-7976


Robert Boren


Judy Bennett 719-576-9737

Regional Director:

Charlie Bennett charlesibennett@comcast. net 719-576-9737 ‘ROUND



View From the Peak by Andrew Nelson


s you may have already read in the newsletter, I have been elected to serve another term as your Section’s President. In fact, all of the current officers were re-elected. We also welcome Ken Sheehan to our board. All of us on your Section’s Board are dedicated to serving the best interests of our membership and we will be busy soon planning our Section’s spate of 2014 activities.

an idea for an event and are unable to attend the meeting, please contact any of us on the board and we will be happy to consider it for a 2014 event. Please note that we’re trying to fit a cruise into our 2014 schedule (see the flyer on page 4).

All Section members are invited to participate in this process, which will take place at our next board meeting on 5 November at 6:00 p.m., as always at MercedesBenz of Colorado Springs. If you have

As always, drive safe, and I will see you down the road.

Don’t forget all Section members are invited to attend a reception for the MBCA National Board of Directors at 7:00 p.m. on 15 November at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs. This free event will feature beverages and hors d’oeurves, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs and the MBCA. This is a great opportunity to meet the National Board members along with the new Pikes Peak Section Board. Plan to view the exciting new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and CLA models.


Mercedes News

Crash tests are a necessary thing. A funny, necessary thing...which we enjoy watching. A vehicle that scores well shows us just how we can be protected in the event of an accident, and that’s wonderful to see. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety loves ramming cars and trucks into stationary objects...for science! The latest victim was the 2014 German soft-roader, the ML350, and it passed the IIHS tests with flying colors. This makes the MClass the first Mercedes-Benz to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

This is good news for fans of the MClass. It’s also good news for those of us who love watching these videos. In the clip, you can see the engine compartment collapse around the object, but the passenger compartment stays intact. Not bad for a 40 mile per hour to zero instant slowdown. After the crash, the poor ML350 slinks off to the side, clearly stunned, as its lights flutter and flicker. You done good, done real good Check out the video at:

‘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: 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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2013 Christmas Party

Don’t miss the Mercedes-Benz Club

of America, Pikes Peak Section, 2013 Christmas Party at the El Paso Club. Organized on October 23, 1877, the El Paso Club is believed to be the oldest private town club west of Chicago. This elegant and much-envied location will be the backdrop as we celebrate the holiday season and the camaraderie of the Mercedes-Benz community. Make your reservations now for Sunday, December 8th, 5:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Deadline for reservations is Monday, December 2, 2013, or until we sell out the space. Space is limited. The 2013 Christmas Party committee is holding the price firm from 2011 and 2012 at $55.00/person. Black tie is encouraged or coat and tie, holiday/cocktail attire. The menu includes three entrée selections: Mixed grill (broiled 5 oz. filet mignon and baked 3 oz. salmon filet); broiled 10 oz. New York steak; or chicken cordonbleu. Accompanying the entrée are caesar salad, twice baked potato, fresh green beans with almond slivers and roasted tomatoes with basil, rolls & butter, water,

- 8 December 2013 iced tea, and coffee service. Dessert is a choice of the El Paso Club’s Goldbrick Sundae or mixed berry tart. Included in your meal price is one glass of beer or wine and hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour starting at 5:00 p.m. Additional beer or wine may be purchased. The El Paso Club is a private club that doesn’t deal in cash, so purchases of additional wine or beer will be done through the purchase of tickets. Please bring cash and/or check, if you wish to purchase additional wine or beer.

“Deadline for reservations is Monday, December 2, 2013.”

The raffle last year was a success, so we are bringing it back. This year again you will be able to select the raffle prize you would like by putting your raffle ticket in the container in front of the prize. One raffle ticket is included in your meal price. Six additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00. You may purchase as many as you desire. Please contact Gary or Diane Gagnon at 719-282-9313 or email gagnong4@msn. com, for information. Reservations are only held with the receipt of your reservation form and payment.




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D-I-Y Tech Session

- 17 November 2013

It’s hard to believe, but summer is gone.

With the first snow visible on Pikes Peak, we should be thinking about winterizing our vehicles for the coming months. What better way to do that than at our Fall Do-ItYourself Tech Session.


Come on down to Mercedes-Benz of Colo-

North to Alaska!

- 1-8 August 2014


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 (details below). This 3000 passenger liner is famed for its fabulous food and amenities. Shore excur-




rado Springs on Sunday, 17 November at 10:00 a.m. Put your car up on the rack, check the antifreeze, put on new brakes, change the oil or whatever repairs or maintenance you want to do. It costs just $10 plus parts. Call Dave Williamson at 719575-7976, to reserve your service bay.

sions range from bear, whale, and glacier sightings, to photography workshops, to sighseeing in Juneau, Victoria and Seattle. It’s going to be a blast and we hope you can join us. Cheryl has reserved 15 cabins and a fully refundable $50 deposit per person will hold your selection. Contact her today to get on board!

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- 14 December 2013


The past years’ events have been very popular. Should we have a large number of cars, we will split the group in half and “...plan to join the groups will run the route in opposite directions. We’ll send a detailed e-mail blast the fun with any as soon as we can determine the weather, Mercedes-Benz probably a week before the scheduled event, so be sure we have your e-mail advehicle that you dress.

hine up your Star Car for the 2013 Top Down Holiday Lights Tour. Steve Dierks and his bride Barb are planning the event this year as he transitions back to “civilian” life when his term as MBCA President ends. The date is Saturday, 14 December, weather permitting. We’ll meet up at a Starbuck’s in our chosen area of town, tour holiday lights on a designated route, and end at another location for beverages and food as we thaw out fingers and toes. All makes and models of roadsters are encouraged and welcome. Even if you don’t have a roadster, plan to join the fun with any Mercedes-Benz vehicle that you have – open sun roofs count.

Annual Potluck

The cost is $5 per car. We will be asking participants to bring food and beverages to share at the ending location, which will be at the home of Steve and Barbara Dierks. We’ll meet at Starbucks at 6:00 p.m. Watch your December newsletter for more details.


- 26 January 2014


he annual Pikes Peak Section Potluck Dinner is on for Sunday, January 26 at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs, 730 Automotive Drive. For those of you who are counting, that’s the week BEFORE Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey! This is one of our favorite events of the year and the one our members look forward to the most. The dealership provides the setup and

beverages. All we have to do is bring the food. So, everyone, please plan to bring a dish to share – a salad, a main dish, or a dessert. Showcase your favorite dishes – we’re flexible and we like everything. We’ll kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Please call Glenn Hamill at 719-575-7931 or Dave Williamson at 719-575-7976 to RSVP and to let them know what you’ll bring.

Mile High Section Events

For more information, visit the MHS website at

Monthly Social Date: 20 November 2013; 6:30 p.m. Location: Dino’s, 10040 W. Colfax, Lakewood Cost: No host Contact: TBD

Holiday Party Date: 7 December 2013; 6:00 p.m. Location: Mt Vernon Country Club Cost: $55 per person Contact: Deb Hokanson, 303-935-8270 or ‘ROUND



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Tech Tips

by Ken Sheehan

Guess we can say the nice Summer and Fall driving season has come to an end. Before long the snow will be falling and the state will be spreading who knows what on our highways to melt the snow and ice. This would be a good time to do an overall inspection of your car. Check tires, wiper blades, and rubber door seals. If you carry a winter emergency kit, it needs to be checked. Don’t forget to check all lights and turn signals. Check brake lights, running lights, backup lights and turn signals, and don’t forget the third light on the center line. Here’s a little trick - if you are at a store with large glass windows, back up towards the window, look in the mirror. You will see the reflection of your rear lights in the glass. It is more important than ever to get a good coat of wax on your beloved MB. A few weeks ago we purchased a new 2014 E350 and decided to take it on a long break-in trip. Before leaving on our trip, I gave the new E a good coat of wax. While looking on the Mequiar’s website, I saw they were releasing a new wax protectant, called Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax. It is easy to apply and remove. One main difference is, it doesn’t turn white if you happen to get some on the black plastic trim parts. Don’t forget to put a layer of wax on the headlight lenses and the tail lights. So far, I am quite happy with the new wax; rain beads up nicely and bugs have been easy to remove. If you don’t have a garage to park your car in, you might consider getting a good quality car cover. Be sure it has a way to strap it to the car. Most will have cloth

loops at the bottom center of the right and left sides; avoid covers with metal rings. This will allow you to use the supplied rope to keep the cover from blowing away in the wind. When shopping for a cover, do not get a plastic cover. You want a good quality, breathable, cotton cover. Breathable will permit air to circulate around your car. Cotton will not stick to the paint work like some plastic covers can do. The cover will help protect your car finish and protect rubber parts from damaging IR rays from the sun, bird droppings, and tree sap.

Because it is fall, the leaves are falling on the car, particularly if it lives outside. Be sure to remove leaves that fall between the windshield and the hood. Those of you with sun roofs on your cars, be sure you open the sun roof and clean inside the roof frame. If you look carefully you will see a small drain near the low points of the frame. Make sure there is nothing clogging these drains. If they get clogged by dirt, leaves, or pine needles (even bugs), you will end up with a water leak inside the car. One way to make sure the drain hose is clean (it runs from the roof around the body to exit under the car) is to purchase a can of compressed air from an office supply store. You do not want to use high pressure air. Hook the plastic tube to the air can, insert it into the drain tube and press the button. If there is a clog, the air will dislodge the debris. If this does not unplug the drain lines, contact your dealer for advice or service. Until next month, Happy Motoring.


The Best or Nothing! ‘ROUND



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Der Marktplatz GARAGE SALE! Time to thin out the herd. Pete Watson is putting some of his special collection of Mercedes on the block, including: - 1965 220S Finback 4-dr sedan

- 1966 250SE 4-dr sedan right-hand drive

- 1973 450SL - 2 to pick from

- 1979 450SEL rare 6.9 4-dr sedan

For more info on the cars as well as prices, email Pete at “Love the Drive” Windscreen. Fits Model R107 (380SL, 450SL, 560SL). A must for a quiet, top-down drive. Perfect condition. New $395. Asking $200. Call Charlie at 719-576-9737.

Kelly M. Shaffer, CSP Vice President / COO

2118 Hollow Brook Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719.528.8888

1981 Mercedes 300 SD. Single owner, 80,000 miles, Chinese red with tan leather upholstery. Excellent condition, runs like new. $8,500 OBO. Contact Tom at (719) 633-5185;


his just in from the latest edition of the MBCA e-newsletter, Click, a quick wrap-up of news, discounts & special events: Fall Raffle: Enter now for a chance to win a 2013 SL550 PLUS $26,000 cash. Complete the official entry form from your mailbox flyer or call the NBO at 800-637-2360 or visit Cost per ticket is $50 and there is no limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. All ticket orders must be received by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Accounting + Administrative + Executive + Medical + Technical

National Board Meeting: The National Fall Board Meeting will take place Saturday, November 16, 2013 with Committee Meetings on Friday, November 15. All MBCA Members are welcome to attend. The meetings will be held at The Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Buying vs Leasing: Not sure whether to buy or lease your next Mercedes-Benz? This article from might help you decide. finance/auto/save-money-on-leasing-carthen-buying.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsaler t_20130927?m=20826b1f767740a6e9c8a 91585a57b75 ‘ROUND



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Section Election Results


ikes Peak Section elections are over and we welcome a new board member. Ken Sheehan, of Tech Tips fame, joins our board for the first time. Judy Bennett and Dan Kerbs were reelected to

the board for 3-year terms. The new board then elected the officers for 2-year terms. President: Andrew Nelson; Vice-President: Judy Bennett; Secretary: Mary Bixler; and Treasurer: Julie Nelson. Congratulations and thank you to all who volunteered to serve.

2013 MBCA National Election


he annual election for the MBCA National Board of Directors is complete and new officers will be installed at the 2013 National Board Meeting. Three Directors-At-Large were elected last month:

Terry Kiwala, Chicagoland Section Jim Luikens, Western Michigan Section Laura Simonds, SF Bay Area Section Rocky Mountain Regional Director, Charlie Bennett, of the Pikes Peak Section was also reelected.

Thank You, President Steve


teve Dierks, local boy who made it to the big-time, is winding down his final year as President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and we recently had a chance to talk to him about his two-year tenure as the leader of our Club. We asked what he considered his legacy to our Club. He said one of his most rewarding efforts was focused on revising national subsidized events to increase participation and make it easier for sections to host events. The changes to the Procedures Manual resulted in the ability to customize event schedules and will result in a wider variety of events. He made it a priority to implement uniform driver skills and education programs nationwide. His efforts will result in a reproducible, sustainable program with standardized syllabus and presentation materials for the Safe Drive/ Safe Family and Defensive Driving Programs. He reported that the Club finances are in the black for the first time in a long time and his goal is to put money into a rainy ‘ROUND



day fund. Among the austerity moves he implemented was use of Web-X for national board meetings for the first time. The Club saved over $70,000 during his term by having virtual meetings. He also eliminated potential single points of failure at the National Board level by establishing succession and continuity plans for key activities and identifying backups to principal players. His fondest memories of his tenure surround his opportunities to represent our Club in an official capacity and meeting our members and others key to our Club’s success, including folks responsible for bringing the Mercedes-Benz factory to Vance, AL. He travelled to Amelia Island, Pebble Beach, Germany, as well as Montvale, NJ where he met with MBUSA CEO Steve Cannon to discuss future strategic relationships with our Club. Steve plans to continue active participation in the Club as he finishes out his final year as Director-At-Large and once again becomes active with the Pikes Peak Section. We look forward to having him to ourselves again and offer our sincere appreciation for his dedicated service to our Club. Thank you, President Steve.

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Meet the Board

by Ken Sheehan

My name is Ken Sheehan, and I consider it an honor to be on the board of directors of the Pikes Peak Section of MBCA. I retired from the US Navy after 22.5 years. Upon leaving the Navy, I worked as a linear accelerators engineer. The linear accelerator is used in cancer centers to treat different forms of cancer. In January 1992 I accepted a position at Memorial Hospital as the in-house Accelerator Engineer and we moved to Colorado Springs from southern Louisiana. In 2004, on doctor’s advice I retired once more. I keep busy taking care of projects around the house, along with several hobbies. My hobbies include amateur radio, electronics, astronomy and target shooting. I’ve always been interested in cars. The late 1996 to 2004 was my British car period. At the time, I restored a 1960 MGA and a 1976 Triumph TR6. It took second place

the first time it was shown, although I hadn’t completed it at the time. We bought our first Mercedes, a 2012 C300, in September 2011. A few months later, I purchased a 2012 ML350. In December, I traded the ML for a 2013 GL450. After two years of ownership, we just traded the C300 for a 2014 E350. I’ve been a member of MBCA for about a year and a half. We have attended a few club events and really enjoyed them. Being a member of the board of directors, I hope I will be able to bring in some new ideas. In order for a club to grow, I believe its members need to give back, rather than sit back and let others do all the work. Hopefully I will be able to help grow our group.

Brewery Tour Recap

It was a great day for a Fun Run. We started off with our inaugural breakfast at the Egg and I for a crowd of Pikes Peak Section members. Then our group split up with the guys (and Karen) headed north while the ladies attended a memorial service and tea. We arrived at the Budweiser Brewery after a scenic drive and without incident. The tour was very professional and well-run,

with Mindy as our tour guide. We literally got the cook’s tour and ended up at the gift shop where we shopped for souvenirs. Then it was on to Clydesdale Gardens where we made the acquaintance of Fred and PeeWee, two of the famed equestrian team. Fingers intact, we headed to McGraff’s in Loveland for a hearty lunch before wending our way back down the “I” and home. We had a wonderful time. Thanks, Gary, for putting this together.




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MLC Coming

by Stephen Edelstein

What is it they say about jumping off a cliff just because everyone else is doing it? Mercedes-Benz will build a BMW X6-rivaling crossover, Car and Driver reports. A Mercedes executive told the magazine that while an X6 rival would be an incredibly bizarre automobile, it would make a lot of financial sense for the company. Development costs would be relatively modest, while profit margins would be high, the executive said. Crossovers also have broad appeal in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, so Mercedes feels having more in the lineup is a good idea. Mercedes first hinted at a low-roofed

Brazilian Production Benz recently announced it will start production in Brazil, initially with the nextgeneration CClass and the


Along with the convertible confirmation, we got a timeline for the S Class THE


The new model--which would probably be based on the M-Class--could act as a big brother to the recently-unveiled GLA-Class; sort of the reverse of Mercedes’ roll-out of the CLS and CLA “four-door coupes.” Whether anyone will buy these non-utilitarian sport-utilities is another question. BMW has had a modicum of success with the X6, but no one wants to build the next Acura ZDX.

new GLA-Class crossover. Mercedes hopes to start production in Brazil by as early as 2016 and is investing some $230 million in the project. The cars will be built for sale in Brazil and some surrounding markets. You may recall that Mercedes will also be building the C-Class in the U.S., once the new model is launched in 2014.

by Nelson Ireson

ercedes-Benz Concept S Class Coupe was one of the most interesting and attractive debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. Now it looks like it will be joined by a two-door S Class Convertible, as a production model.


We’ve even spotted test mules for what is likely to be Mercedes’ new X6 rival, a vehicle we’re tentatively calling the MLC.

by Viknesh Vijayenthiran


S-Class Cabriolet

coupe/SUV chimera a couple of years ago, when it announced that it would begin producing a second model at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant (where the M-Class is built). A Mercedes publicity image showed a cloaked vehicle with the profile of an X6 rival, with the tagline “Start of Production: 2015.”

Coupe: it should hit the European market in early 2014, followed by the S Class Convertible a year later. U.S. sales should follow shortly after European sales in both cases. If the idea of an S Class Convertible sounds quite a lot like an SL Class, you’re not alone, but with markedly different styling and likely different focuses on equipment, performance, and technology, the S Class Convertible is aiming to carve out its own niche in the high-end luxury drop-top segment.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Calendar of Upcoming Events On the Web at www.mbca. org/pikes_ peak/

MBCA Pikes Peak Section

5 November 2013 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522

8 December 2013 Section Christmas Party - 5:00 p.m. 719-332-7501 Gary Gagnon

15 November 2013 MBCA Tea - 11:30 a.m. Julie Nelson


14 December 2013 Top-Down Lights Drive - 6:00 p.m. Steve Dierks 719-659-9959

15 November 2013 MBCA Reception - 7:00 p.m. Charlie Bennett 719-576-9737

7 January 2014 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522

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

26 January 2014 Annual Potluck - 6:00 p.m. Dave Williamson 719-575-7976

3 December 2013 Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Andrew Nelson 719-634-7522

Rest of the Year TBD!

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



November 'Round The Benz  
November 'Round The Benz  

November newsletter of the Pikes Peak Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.