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Greater Washington Section

Summer 2012

In this Issue Upcoming Events: Summer Poker Rally............... 7 Concours of America.............. 14 StarFest 2012......................... 4 Calendar of Events................ 3 Cars & Coffee.......................... 3 New Members........................ 5 Spring MBCA Board Report.. 6 Amelia Island 2012 Report... 8 2012 SLK 350 Review............. 9 High-Mileage Report............ 10 Defensive Driving Report..... 11 Deutsche Marque Report..... 13 Pagoda Style Book Review.. 15 Trading Post........................... 17 GWS Leadership..................... 18 Call for Nominations............. 14 Advertisers: American Service Center........ 2 Curry’s Auto Service............... 11 EMB....................................... 18 Euro Motorcars...................... 19 Mercedes-Benz of Tyson’s Corner.... 12 Radial Tire............................. 5 R & H Motor Cars.................... 7

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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Sold for $220,000 at the Spring R&M Auction at Amelia Island in March. Photo by William Hopper

What Are You Waiting For?

his summer MBCA members are in T for some great events, not only here in the Greater Washington Section, but

This fall GWS members will gather on October 21 at our annual members meeting to elect new section officers to around the country! run the club at American Service Center The GWS autocross season is already in Arlington VA. This is a great time to well underway with two great days join in and volunteer your time to help. completed, but plenty more on the We welcome several new members who schedule. Keep an eye on the website and have joined the team this summer. Facebook Page for the 2011 Autocross Special thanks go out to Lavada Starr Awards Social to be held this summer. of Baltimore and Charles Colbert of All members are welcome to attend! Herndon for volunteering to be a part of Looking for some classic summer fun? the team that operate your club! We will have a picnic and poker-rally Feeling like a winner? Many MBCA drive in the Maryland countryside members will be winners this summer starting at R&H Motor Cars in Owings in the MBCA raffle being held in June. Mills MD on July 22. If you missed this raffle, there will be Looking to attend the traditional another one coming up this fall. You Concours d’Elegance events? You have have to play to win. With a ticket price one in Michigan during the Concours of just $50 and the chance to win $50K, at St. Johns on July 29 and the Legends with great odds, the winner could be of the Autobahn held August 17, just YOU! before Pebble Beach in California. They Have you logged on to our Facebook are not that far away. GWS members Page, web page or have attended and participated in both registered for the GWS e-mail blasts? events in years past! Those are the best ways to keep up with Look for more events this fall, like a all that is happening in the section. judged car show at Mercedes-Benz of Catonsville on September 16. This is a great chance to come hang out, catch up with friends and talk about all things cars.

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Calendar of Events

Visit the GWS-MBCA website for the latest updates and activities, or to register: - All dates are subject to change. June 16 June Jamboree, MBUSA Headquaters, Montvale NJ, Hosted by the Northern New Jersey Section. Contact: Joe Grattan 24 Autocross # 3, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 July 15 Autocross # 4, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 22 Poker Run / Picnic, R&H Motor Cars Mercedes-Benz, Owings Mills MD, Contact: JD Harriman 410.461.2334 29 Concours of America, Plymouth MI Hosted by the International Stars Section Contact: Pete Williams 586-293-0935 August 19 Autocross # 5, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 September 9 Autocross # 6, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 16 Car Show, Mercedes-Benz of Catonsville, Catonsville MD, Contact: Starr 443.518.0316 28 -10/3 StarFest®2012, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix AZ Hosted by the Desert Stars Section Contact: Bud Cloninger


October 7 SAFRH Antique Car Show, Washington DC Contact: Lewis Baskerville 14 Autocross # 7, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 21 GWS Annual Member’s Meeting, American Servcie Center Mercedes-Benz of Arlington, Arlington VA. Contact: Marianne Lumdsen 571.225.0169 November 4 Autocross # 8, James Wood HS, Winchester VA. Contact: Mike Wirt 443.463.8965 2-3 MBCA National Board Meeting, Reno NV, Contact: Bill Hopper 202.596.2852 December 2 MBCA | GWS New Member Reception, TBA Contact: Marianne Lumdsen 571.225.0169 January 2013 19 Holiday Dinner Party, Washington DC, Maggiano’s. Contact: JD Harriman 410.461.2334 Contact: JD Harriman 410.461.2334 May 18 -22 StarTech ® 2013, MBUSI Plant, Vance AL. Contact: Brenda Brown 256.237.5277

Cars & Coffee at Katie’s Coffee House, Great Falls, VA Every Saturday Morning from 7 to 9 am

few of our MBCA | GWS members have been enjoying showing off their Mercedes-Benz and other automobiles, at a venue just west of Washington DC, in Great Falls VA. Enthusiasts and owners of high-end and exotic cars are drawn to Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls on Saturday mornings, year-round, 7:00 to 9:00 AM, rain, snow or shine. Arrive by 6:30 am if you want a good parking place to show off your car. This is an informal setting for enthusiasts to show off and admire each other’s cars! Come out to get your morning cup of coffee and you will see Benzes, Ferraris, Lotuses, Bentleys, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Jaguars, antiques, and brand-new models. We’ve even seen a McLaren, Noble, and a Ferrari Enzo at Katie’s Cars & Coffee! For more information contact:

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MBCA’s StarFest 2012 - Phoenix AZ

September 28 - October 3 Arizona Biltmore & Firebird Raceway

largest National Event, StarFest, will be held in Phoenix AZ in late September. For those of you who attended MBCA’s in 2010, hosted by GWS, you know how much fun it can be, and the Desert Stars Section will not disappoint! Wayne Carini, host of TV’s signature series “Chasing Classic Cars” on the Velocity for Discovery channel, has been named the StarFest 2012 Honorary Event Chairman. Mr. Carini is teaming with MBCA for a special “Concours Autism Research Fund-Raiser” on Sunday, September 30, during the StarFest Concours d’Elegance. StarFest will be five days of MBCA activities, from Concours to Defensive Driving, from track and autocross events, to special tours and social events, or just come and hang out at one of the country’s most prestigious resort hotels for a fraction of what you would normally pay. MBCA members will get an exceptional rate of $169 per night per room. Additionally, the Biltmore has waived its normal resort fee for our group, which includes admittance to the Spa & Fitness Center and many other benefits. Once you have registered for StarFest 2012, a group code will be sent to you via e-mail for you to use when you reserve, either through the Biltmore’s toll-free number or link to their reservations website. Several GWS members have already registered, some are driving out, others are flying. For those interested in participating in a StarTrip to StarFest® 2012, one is going from the MBUSI factory in Alabama, taking the southern route.

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New Members - Please welcome our newest GWS members to the Club.

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Spring 2012 MBCA National Board Meeting Report n May 4 and 5, 2012 a two-day online web conference O was held instead of an in-person meeting, saving the club more than $35,000. In a time when budgets are tight,

this was a trial to see if online meetings could work for the MBCA Board of Directors. Audit Report: Each year the club goes through a full financial audit by an outside firm Biggs Kofford reported that they found our finances to be in fine shape and had no concerns. We ended the 2011 year with total liabilities and net assets of $1,587,878. Total Revenues last year for the National Club were $1,478,895 and expenses of $1,708,668 resulting in a net loss. The Star Magazine has continued to operate under budget since being brought in-house and will be profitable for the club. Mike Salemi, Treasurer of the International Stars Section, made a presentation on the MBCA Raffle that is run by his Section to benefit the club as a whole. The raffle is managed in Michigan, as the State of Colorado does not permit them. The raffle continues to be a strong source of income for the club. The Enthusiast Committee: Reported on the reestablishment of the committee with a wide range of Mercedes-Benz experts across the country. This results in a member benefit with a page on the website, and an online gazette to provide members with information on Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The Election Committee: Reported that May 15 was the deadline for petitions for Regional Director and Director-atLarge positions up for election in 2012. As of the date of the meeting, not all positions had candidates to fill them. The Leadership Committee: Reported that the summer edition of Turn Signals, a publication for section leaders, will be released in late May. A leadership meeting open to the membership will be held during StarFest 2012 on Saturday September 29, as well as at StarTech 2013 next May. The Membership Committee: Reported that it is working with Lisa Juhl, MBCA Director of Marketing, to test various recruitment programs developed over the last few years to grow the membership. Membership retention continues to be a concern with as many new member joining each month as we lose. Membership at the end of April was 19,918, the end of 2011 at 19,596. The membership dues increase has resulted in no negative impact on membership growth. Ads for MBCA are showing up on Facebook. This test has been sucessful by industry standards and has resulted in eleven new members in the first five days. Look for MBCA to be promoted more online in the near future. The MBCA Member Directory produced by Harris Connect sold just over 3,000 copies and is due to be distributed this summer. The club will receive $10K for that from Harris Connect because of the sale of those copies.


The National Events Committee: Discussed changes to what events are required to be held at national events. A motion was made to make events more reflective of what members want, that motion was defeated in a tie vote. The Newsletter Committee: Reported it will hold a competition from June through October, winners will be announced at the November Fall National Board Meeting in Reno NV. All sections will be entered with awards for both print and electronic newsletters. StarFest 2012 Committee: Reported that MBCA’s biannual national event is coming along well. Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars will be at the event supporting a charity focused on autism. The concours will be held on Sunday, autocross and defensive driving will be held on Saturday, while track events will be Monday and Tuesday. StarTech® Committee: Reported the establishment of the national committee to look at the event from a long-term perspective. The committee will establish dates in the future so that sections can work together to develop a strong and long lasting network to support the event. A report was made on StarTech® 2013, that MBUSI has approved the event, plans for it are now moving forward with hotel and venue contracts being drawn up. Promotion will start after StarFest 2012. Tech Committee: Reported that they are trying to be more pro-active on answering the online questions posted on the website. MBCA Educational Foundation: Reported that the Teen Defensive Driving Program is being ramped up and a program will be presented at StarFest 2012 as well as the November Fall National Board Meeting in Reno NV. The Regional Director’s Report: The NBO is asked to acknowledge a sponsoring member when a new member joins the club. A concern was voiced that one member may be sponsoring too many members; the RD’s asked to acknowledge that member for doing good work. The RD’s will hold regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year and the existing RD’s mentor new ones when they come on board. The RD’s requested that MBCA acknowledge the important role that Newsletter Editor’s play in the sections and thank them for all the work they do. The next meeting will be held in-person in Reno NV starting on November 2 with the official National Board meeting being held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. For questions or more information about topics concerning the national operation of MBCA, contact MBCA Eastern Regional Director William Hopper 202.363.4189

Summer 2012

Summer Poker Rally & Picnic Sunday July 22 10 AM R&H Motor Cars

The final stop will be at one of Maryland’s wineries, where each team’s hand will be calculated and a winner announced. We are happy a group of 9727 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore area MBCA Owings Mills MD members have started to plan events and encourage his summer members will others to get involved. If you gather at R&H Motor Cars are interested in helping plan in Owings Mill Maryland for a and run this event, and/or summer picnic and rally drive, a car show on Sept. 16 in “Poker Run” where the luck of Motor Cars will host a picnic and Poker Rally on Sunday the Baltimore area, please the draw will determine the day’s R&H July 22 starting from their Owings Mills MD location.tands at. contact JD Harriman. winning hand. Photo by William Hopper Keep an eye on the website Beginning the day, attendees will and our Facebook page for updates and clues relating to this enjoy classic summer picnic fare of burgers, brats, salads, and non alcoholic beverages provided by R&H Motor Cars. event. The cost for this event is $10 with pre-registration, $20 day of the event. Register on the website. Attendees will then take a leisurely drive through the countryside with a number of stops, answering questions For More information contact JD and picking up playing cards that will make up a poker Harriman hand, along the way. Nothing too hard, but expect a few zingers, trick questions and twists and turns along the way! 410.431.2334


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Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2012 ou do not have to be a college student to Y experience Spring Break! Amelia Island Concours is the first of the triple crown of

USA Concours events, held in early March, this is the first sense that winter is over, and how the season begins for many MBCA members. The week before the “Amelia Island Show” is filled with events that satisfy any automotive enthusiast. Car auctions, seminars, marque drives of new models and celebrity-studded social events make up the glamour and excitement of the Amelia Island experience, and has for the last 17 years. Mercedes-Benz is right there in the center of everything - as a founding sponsor of the show, showing off classic, as well as brand new models, highlighting the brand in a number of ways. From displays and drives, to dinners and press introductions of new models!

Amelia Isalnd Concours is not just a showing of classic and vintage automobiles. Here you will see the latest and greatest from MercedesBenz and other manufactures. Photo by William Hopper

Gooding & Company highlight specific models prior to their auction at the Omini Plantation, such as this Classic 300 SL. Photo by William Hopper

This year AMG played a big role having the AMG Driving Academy staff on hand to demonstrate the AMG product line. From the C63 AMG Coupe to the E63 Wagon, and of course the full line of C, E, and S sedans, CLS, and SLS. Not just a display of Mercedes-Benzs alone, attendees are able to test drive many different high-line brands around this island paradise. For those who like to shop, you can buy everything from auto themed art work and jewelry to the cars themselves. Two prestigious auction houses, RM Auctions and Gooding & Company hold high-line vehicle auctions in the days prior to the show, with vehicles going into the six and seven digits! Arriving on Friday we attended the Gooding & Company Auction at the Omni Plantation. Although not directly affiliated with the Amelia 8

Island Concours, RM benefits from the excitement and the crowds that come for the Amelia Island Concours weekend of events. Friday is a great day to take in the seminars, vendor displays and new marque drives held at the Ritz Carlton where the Amelia Concours is hosted. Friday is a more intimate experience than Saturday, you are not overwhelmed by the crowds and you get to see the cars and talk with manufacturers representatives, visit with friends, that may not be as easy to do on Saturday or Sunday. Saturday repeats what happens on Friday, just with more enthusiasm! Saturday night is when a number of dinner and social events happen, including the annual MBCA | Peachtree and Mercedes-Benz Dinners. (Continued on Page 12)

Amelia Isalnd Concours fills a golf course with vintage race cars and one of a kind examples of some very interesting automobiles. Photo by William Hopper

Summer 2012

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350

William West Hopper

The Daily Driver’s Practical Car

to admit, my first thoughts Ithishave were that I was not going to like car. The preconceived notions

were that it was a SLS wannabe, small inside, basically a chick car. Those were quickly dissolved on the 1,000 mile, two-day drive to North Carolina for an MBCA event. My first thought was; “Is it practical? Well after driving it and getting very good fuel economy and engine performance, practical may need a better definition! The second, “Is it a chick car?”Although women are attracted to the SLK, and do drive them, men do not lose their masculinity by driving the SLK, as they may with the competitors, the Porsche Boxter and the Audi TT. Within a few miles, there was no question this is a driver’s car, the SLK is nimble, and powerful, it goes where you point it! The look of the car is very iconic, even more so now, with the arrival of the new 2013 SL. This truly is a little brother in the line with the SLS and SL. Color and options play a big difference in the experience of any car, the deep black (no cost) exterior and black interior with aluminum trim (no cost option) made this car look quite stealth like. This SLK had the aluminum roll bar trim delete (takes Metro Tri-Star

$150 off the price) and is worth doing to keep the monochromatic look. Upgrading the wheels to one of the AMG options will make this car stand out even more. Upon getting into the driver’s seat I was impressed at how roomy it was; the dash and controls are well laid out,the seats allow you to stretch out with infinitely adjustable backs. The air scarf in the top of the seat blew heated or cooled air on our necks and shoulders, and, as odd as that sounds, it was very comfortable. Interior volume was more than I expected. Any sports car, coupe or cabriolet is not going to be as roomy as the ML that I drive on a daily basis. The seating and leg and head room were perfectly comfortable, though the seat bottom can become tiring on a six-hour ride. Driving a sports car this size, you do not need to bring along anything but your driver’s license and bail money! As far as engine performance, driving both the Interstate as well as back roads, I found the 350 engine had power to spare, which demonstrated itself during a long hill climb on I77 in Northwestern North Carolina, passing a 7 series BMW. There was as much power as needed, and more when asked for! I did not expect much fuel economy with my lead foot, but the SLK averaged a respectable 27.5 average

mpg for the trip. The ride was sporty OK, I will even say rough- definitely more athletic than I am used to in my M or C Class! Not that I expected the soft ride of an S Class! It is, after all a small sports car! Luggage space is surprisingly roomy, even with the top down; just don’t expect to be able to access much in a fully packed trunk with the top down. Once the top is in place in the trunk, you can only access a few items. Speaking of the top down, who owns a cabriolet without driving it topless? Like any convertible, your hair will be windswept and the noise level increases, but not so much that you cannot have a conversation or listen to the sound system without maxing out the volume. Considering that this a convertible, the sound performance on the audio system was just fine of course upgrading to the multimedia package would improve it. No question the audio system is designed to support the Apple product line, through the pig tail connector, and an on-screen display of songs. The pig tail was easy to access in the center console, but if you wanted to connect an iPad, the issue would be where to stow it? Droid smart phones are an afterthought, the Bluetooth® connector worked just fine for the phone and playing standard music files. (Continued on Page 12)

SLK 350 in basic black on black, powerful, nimble, good on gas and a lot of fun to drive. Option it right and you wll have a very good sports car. Photo by William Hopper


Mercedes-Benz High-Mileage Clinic Report

(Left) Jim Willard and Lushantha Silva certify a 1985 500SEL with 278K miles, the highest mileage M-B at the event. (Right) Jim Willard and Jerald Howe certify a rare 1971 300 SEL 6.9 with 157K miles. photo William Hopper (Center) M-B Grill with High Mileage & MBCA Grill badges. Photo by Radoslav Asenov


BCA members appreciate the value of a MercedesBenz no matter the mileage, and know that value does not disappear as the miles add up on the odometer. Twelve Mercedes-Benz’s were qualified to receive the highmileage badge, an award given out by Mercedes-Benz, and certified by EuroMotorcars at this year’s event. EuroMotorCars Mercedes-Benz in Bethesda MD has been host to the Section’s Mercedes-Benz High Mileage Certification and Service Clinic for three years. This is a great way for members to join together to celebrate a common accomplishment, and to have their Mercedes-Benz gone over by a certified M-B trained mechanic. Two members received special awards. Tanya Anderson was selected as the member who shares the love of MercedesBenz cars with youngsters, and Tanya’s 1999 SL500 was also voted the hottest SL at the event. Randy West with his 2000 SL230 was the “Most Patient Attendee” as his car was the very last one to get a service check. Look for next year’s event to happen in early spring 2013 at EuroMotorCars Bethesda.

Congratulations to the following members: • Lushantha Silva, 1985 500SEL, 278,962 miles, Won for the highest mileage car in attendance. • John Heflin, 1985 190E 2.3-16 273,067 miles • Paul Wogaman, 1992 300D 2.5 Turbo, 259,340 miles • Edward Cowles Sr., 1983 300CD 251,125 miles • Lewis Baskerville, 1986 190E 2.3-16, 212,170 miles Won for the M-B most desired by the Euro staff. • Tracey Wiser, 1982 300CD 209,808 miles • Aaron Streater, 1983 380SEC 195,551 miles • Juergen Hauber, 1998 E300D 193,601 miles • Douglas deBoard, 1994 S420 192,468 miles • Ulrich Schubert, 2000 S430 175,050 miles • Charles Gainor, 1995 S420 160,690 miles • Jerald S. Howe, Jr., 1971 300SEL 6.3 157,488 miles - William Hopper

(Left) EuroMotorCar’s Service and Parts Director, Jim Willard and Lewis Baskerville certify 1986 190 2.3-16 with 212K miles. (Center) Jim Willard and Jergan Hauber certify a 1998 300D with 193K miles. (Right) Jim Willard and Tracy Wiser certify a 1983 300CD with 251K miles. Photo William Hopper


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Defensive Driving & Autocross School Report dedicated group of volunteers A and instructors came out on May 27 to help the section’s students

develop their driving skills. Starting with varied experience levels from just five hours to regular autocross participants, the students ended the day better and more experienced drivers. Chief Instructor, Pete Gochman, led the classroom session, after which instructors took students through MBCA’s standard slalom, emergency lane change, emergency braking, and skid pad until the students gained confidence. Upon the completion of instruction, students, instructors, and volunteers were divided into two run groups, and given the opportunity to run a simplified autocross course.

Vanessa Sousa, Erich Engle and Madison Remillard work on their defensive driving shills at the May GWS class. Photo by Paul D.J. Vandenberg

Madison Remillard, the least experienced driver in the group, cut seventeen seconds off her time. Emily Blase turned in the fastest ladies time in the Mercedes-Benz group. Emily’s sister Abby drove the family 190E 2.3-16 to a respectable finish and took top points in her group. Students completing the course included Madison Remillard, Vanessa Sousa, Erich Engle, Abby Blase, and Emily Blase. We thank the instructors and volunteers who made this event possible: Pete and Barrie Gochman, Mike Wirt, Steve Spector, Greg Knoll, Nick Morales, Brad Blase, John Heflin, Jim Glenn, and Paul Vandenberg. We also thank the students and parents who pitched in to help set up in the morning, work the autocross course, and pack all the equipment up at the end of the day. - Paul D.J. Vandenberg

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Amelia Island Concours Report (Continued from Page 8)

SLK 350 Review(Continued from Page 9)

This year the MBCA | Peachtree Section dinner was host to members from 17 different sections around the country. A select number of MBCA members are invited to attend the black-tie dinner held at the Ritz Carlton hosted by Mercedes-Benz. The culmination of events is the show on Sunday. This year it has expanded to include more cars and more people than ever before. Mercedes-Benz Club of America this year provided “The Mercedes-Benz Club of America Award” for the Most Historically Significant Mercedes-Benz. Presented by MBCA Past National President, Roger Van Ness. I was awarded to a 1952 Mercedes-Benz W194, owned by Bruce and Jolene McCaw of Bellevue, WA. Each year this event becomes more popular and grows in strength, from the activities and the vendors, to the show itself! If you have not attended, you are missing a great opportunity to see and experience an amazing Concours event. Next year’s event will be held March 8-10 2013, plan on attending, and participating as an MBCA member. -William Hopper

It took some intense computer programming of both the phone and the system to program to continuously stream Pandora. Pricing for this black-on-black SLK 350 with the Premium 1 package and basic options, sticker was just over $58K. Adding some nice-to-have add-ons will bring it just a little more than $63K. If you are in the market, speak with your favorite Mercedes-Benz dealer and see what incentives and promotions are available at the time of purchase. Always remember your Mercedes-Benz Club Member Loyalty bonus of $1,000 off any new M-B for club members who have been members at least one full year! That bonus is on top of the best deal your dealer has for you, so do not forget it! It is available on any new M-B sold in the USA. Log onto the website for full details and to print your member savings certificate. This is a fun car to drive! I was sad to hand the keys back to the dealership at the end of the trip. I was surprised at how my impression on the car changed in just two days. Practical really depends on your definition. A sporty fuel-efficient car for running around does not have to be a boring mini-car! Nor do you have to drive around every day in a car capable of carrying a month’s worth of groceries. The SLK can be practical, efficient, as well as, attractive and fun to drive! William Hopper, MBCA Eastern Regional Director thanks Euro Motorcars Bethesda for a chance to review the SLK 350.

Maryland MBCA | GWS License Tags Maryland State License tags with the Greater Washington Section logo and the words “Mercedes-Benz Club” are available. These are not available through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, you can purchase them ONLY through the club! Please send the form below to Ed Hainke, coordinator, with two checks: One payable to MBCA | GWS in the amount of $10. And the second check payable to Maryland MVA in the amount of $25. Ed will then contact you for the required MD MVA information.

Mercedes-Benz Club of America | Greater Washington Section Tags for Maryland Residents Name _____________________________________________MBCA Member # ______________ Address _______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Phone (H)_____________________ (W)_____________________ (C)_____________________ Send this form and two checks payable to: MBCA | GWS fpr $10 and Maryland MVA for $25 to: Ed Hainke, 10755 Sawpit Cove Road, Lusby MD 20657-2841


Summer 2012

Deutsche Marque Concours Report

MBCA members show off their classic M-B’s at the May 6 Deutsche Marque Concours in Vienna VA. David VanDuzer’s 1959 220 S Coupe. Preston Bricknor’s 1961 220 SEB, Keith Morgan’s 1967 230S Wagon, and Robert Aftel’s 1978 450 SEL 6.9 Photo by Radoslav Asenov

he 29th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance was held on a T perfect spring day at Nottoway Park in Vienna VA. Although the day was overcast, the weather was comfortable and the chance of showers had passed by

the time the cars converged on the show field. Five teams of Mercedes-Benz judges swarmed the field, reviewing a group of finely-turned-out Mercedes-Benz’s. From the classic, the ready-to-be-restored, and the latest from AMG, this show had quite a variety of German iron to enjoy. Special thanks to Andrew Syracuse from the NYC/Long Island Section who joined us to help judge. We also welcomed to the team Charles W. Colbert, who recently relocated to the area with the Navy and joined GWS. A special treat was the ready-to-be-restored 1967 230 S Universal (fintail wagon) driven from Maine by Keith Morgan, and reassembled on the field! A special thank you to all the members and friends who volunteered their time to help make this event a great success. Next year, a special 30th Anniversary Celebration is being planned for the first Sunday in May 2013! - William Hopper

29th Annual Deutsche Marque Awards New Mercedes-Benz Sedans 1st - 2004 CLK 500 Cab Gerard Bellerose 2nd - 2011 E63 AMG – Eric Scott 3rd - 1984 300D Edward Vaughn Classic Mercedes-Benz Sedans 1st - 1966 200 Chuck Taylor 2nd - 1978 450 SEL 6.9 Robert Aftel 3rd - 1961 220 SEB Preston Bricknor Modern Mercedes-Benz SL’s 1st - 1988 560 SL Edward Vaughn 2nd - 1986 560SL Jerry Chenault 3rd - 1973 350 SL Philip Morgan Vintage Mercedes-Benz Sedans/Coupes 1st - 1963 300 SE Daniel Zavala 2nd - 1959 220 S Coupe David Van Duzer Best of Marque – Mercedes-Benz 1967 250 SL Raymond Schlicht Judge’s Choice – Mercedes-Benz Judge’s 1952 300 S Roadster Brant Vitek People’s Choice – Mercedes-Benz 1952 300 S Roadster Brant Vitek

(Left) Charles W. Colbert and GWS President Jim Glenn review judging sheets at the Deutsche Marque. (Right) MBCA | NYC/LI Section member Andrew Syracuse and Past GWS President Norbert Lamp judge the trunk of Edward Vaughn’s 1988 560 SL Photos by Radoslav Asenov

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Concours d’Elegance of America Show: July 29, 2012 Location: Inn of St. Johns, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170, Parking Time: 9:30 a.m. (Show gates open at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.) MBCA | International Stars Section is featuring… Coveted On-Premise Parking* – Car Club Parking (be there at 9:30)

We welcome and encourage ALL MBCA members to attend this outstanding show!

Cost: $25 – NON REFUNDABLE NO LATE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE! ** RSVP no later than July 11, 2012 (this is so we can mail tickets and passes to you) Make your checks payable to: MBCA International Stars or MBCA IS Mail your checks to: MBCA IS, c/o Trish Briggs, 8462 Islandview Court, Brighton, MI 48114 (810) 299-2732 Visit the National MBCA Tent on the show field (help out if you can) Watch the awarding of the Most Significant Mercedes-Benz – Sponsored by MBCA Stroll and enjoy all of the wonderful show cars. Dinner the night before the event: July 28th, at the Deadwood Bar and Grille 18730 Northville Road, Northville, MI 48167. Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. More information will be included in ticket packages and later This is an open invitation for all MBCA members across the country to join us. Headquarters Hotel: Towne Place Suites Detroit Livonia 17450 Fox Drive Livonia, Michigan 48152 USA Phone: 1-734542-7400 Fax: 1-734-542-7401 Rooms available: Studio Suite (15 available) at $79 per night, 2 Bedroom Suite (2 available) at $129 per night. All reservations should be made no later than June 27, 2012 to receive the group rate. All rooms not reserved by this date will be released for general sale. Cancellation is by 6 pm the day of arrival in order to avoid the room & tax fee. A major credit card required upon check in. Identify yourself as a Mercedes Benz Club if you call, or reservations may be made on line at using the code MERMERA for the studio suites only.

For more information on activities and car classes on display, go to or see the information at nd our web page: Scroll down to the 2 comment and find out more

*Attendees other than registered Car Club parking participants and Concours paid VIP parking ($125 each) must park 1 to 2 miles from the venue and will be bussed in. ** If you cannot attend, please sell your ticket and give the passes and ticket to a fellow section member.


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Mercedes-Benz Club of America Proudly Salutes Past & Future Winners of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s The Mercedes-Benz Club of America welcomes current & future owners/lessees of new, pre-owned, classic & collector Mercedes-Benz to join our global community. Visit or call 800.637.2360. Richard Bahre receives the “Most Significant Mercedes-Benz” trophy from Mercedes-Benz Club of America Executive Director, Doug Truitt for his 1931 Mercedes SSK

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Book Review:

Pagoda Style: Our Stories, Our Pictures, Our Cars. by Michael Salemi

f you’ve ever wanted a W113 SL (230, 250,280) or if you Ibook. own one already, you will want to pick up this hardcover A delightful series of stories from owners world-wide!

The cost is $75 (US) available on Amazon, as well as directly from the author Michael Salemi

The 144 page book also contains beautiful pictures that accompany each article. It will be an excellent addition to your MB library, one you will want to display or give as a gift to a friend. Michael Salemi, past president of MBCA’s International Stars Section and a contributing editor to MBCA’s Star magazine, conceived, designed and edited the book and is now offering it for sale to the public. A limited edition print run with less than 100 copies remaining, order soon before they are all gone! Find out more about the book on the website, as well as Facebook. If you aspire to own one of these classics or if you own one, this book is a “must have”.

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Mercedes-Benz history is rich with style, luxury, performance and prestige. Mercedes-Benz has built the most technologically advanced automobiles of their time, and they have been coveted by collectors and drivers around the world for decades. These fine automobiles deserve only the best care and service by a master technician who understands Mercedes-Benz unlike any other. Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner is proud to offer you the opportunity to have access to such a source: Norbert Lamp. Norbert Lamp started his career with Mercedes-Benz in 1960 in Germany working for Daimler-Benz AG. In the factory-owned repair facility he was selected to work on the 300SL Gullwing, 300SL Roadster and later, 230SL and 250SL. He was also one of the first mechanics ever to work on the famous 600 limousine. During the next six years, Norbert became not only proficient in the repair of these vehicles, but also logged more hours on these historic and significant vehicles than probably any other specialist in the world today. From 1966 to 1968 he worked for Mercedes-Benz of Canada in Toronto as a Mercedes-Benz Contract Technician. In the summer of 1968, on a sightseeing trip to New York and Washington, D.C., he fell in love with the United States and accepted a job at HBL in Fairfax, Virginia. Since 1969, Norbert has been working exclusively for Mercedes-Benz dealers in the Washington area, pleasing thousands of clients in various positions

such as Technician, Quality Control Manager, Shop Foreman and Assistant Service Manager. In addition to his unique professional credentials, Norbert has been a member of the Mercedes Benz Club of America since 1974 and has served as President/Vice President of the Greater Washington Section from 1986-1994. Norbert Lamp brings his legacy from Mercedes-Benz Germany to you here in Tysons Corner today. As one of the leading experts in the field of Mercedes-Benz mechanical restoration, he has assisted many MercedesBenz owners with the full mechanic restoration of their vintage classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles. We can say with confidence that Norbert is the leading authority in the Mid-Atlantic knowing not only the intricacies of your vintage Mercedes-Benz but also having the resources and knowledge to restore your vehicle to an almost new condition. Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner is proud of Norbert Lamp’s life-long dedication to customer satisfaction and his outstanding work product. Whether your goal is to keep your classic Mercedes-Benz rolling for your daily driving pleasure or to restore your car for your collection, Norbert will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to fulfill your dream. To schedule a consultation please call: Chris McGrane 703-448-2289 or Norbert Lamp at 703-380-3490

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The Trading Post CARS: 2004 CL500 Alabaster/cream ltr. 76K mi, immaculate inside and out. Runs & drives like brand new. New tires, brakes, wipers, floor mats, trunk mat, new Bremmer custom chrome 5-spoke wheels, and more. Xenon, pwr everything, $19,500 John 703.768.1073 2003 SL55AMG, Floored Fab full build customized! Silver/Charcoal. 67K miles. lots of extras, very special car, full warranty until 2014. $62K obo. Sunir 202.641.8211 2002 CLK55 AMG Cab black/black, all options, nav,phone, htd seats, dual climate, halogens & 19” wheels. Fully serviced with all records. Front end completely re-built at 95,000 miles, new rear tires. $14,750. Marcia 206.276.6000 1995 E320 Cabriolet White/grey. 84K pampered miles, always garaged, like new. All maintenance is up to date &records. Head gasket and HFM harness have been repaired. $14,500. Dean 301.899.2208 1990 300E, Black/Grey. About 300K miles. Selling as a parts car. The car runs but has sufficient problems that I’m selling it for parts. Car is located in Ashburn. $500. Richard 202.358.0519 1990 190E 2.6 White/blue. Euro headlights, runs & looks good, Rear window wont go down, Speedometer doesn’t work. Approx 220K miles. $1,500. Dean 301.899.2208 1990 300E Black/Palomino. Orig paint, no accidents, 2nd owner, runs perfect,driver seat wear in the usual spot, otherwise perfect. Tinted windows, good tires, dependable, strong eng/ no leaks. Recently rebuilt trans w/ warranty till 12/12. . $3,400/obo Mariusz 301.547.5393 1990 420SEL Black/Dove Gray. Completely original & unmolested. All records including window sticker. Indoor storage last 4 years, reg started, needs nothing. Dealer maintained w/o spared expense. 180k highway miles. $7,500/obo. William 202.530.3332 1988 560SL V-8 Roadster, 142,950 mi, exl cnd, always garaged & well maintained. Wheeled hardtop caddy. Nearly new brown soft top. Burgundy leather interior, air deflector, AM/FM stereo w. CD chngr, new battery & tires. Original manual. $8,877. Emilio 703.303.0955

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1987 560SL White/Burgundy ltr intr. Approx 145K miles, paint & interior good condition. Runs great, includes hard top, full and interior covers, and hard top stand. $9K. Ed 240.210.4473 edward_ 1987 560SL Teal/cream. 164k mi, gd paint, straight body, normal interior, runs very well, timing chain replaced @160k, 3rd owner. Pictures, located in Calvert County, Txtmsgs or call. $6,000/obo. Tracey 410.458.0685 1985 300CD Turbo diesel White. 410,000 well maintained miles. New rear brakes with master cylinder. Good tires A/C conversion. Trans has been replaced, sheepskins. Service records since 100,000 miles. $4000. Linda 410.647.1361 1984 280SL RARE Euro R107 with 206K miles. Pearl Black/palomino, 6 cylinder engine with a five speed manual transmission. No dents, rust or dings, excellent condition inside and out. Hard top cradle included. $12,500. Rick 410.212.0744 1983 240D China blue/dark blue. Auto, 204k mi, no rust, straight bdy, perfect int, very clean, runs well, 2nd owner. Pics, located in Calvert County. $2,500/obo. Txt or call. Tracey 410.458.0685 wiser65@ 1973 350SL Maroon/tan/tan top in excel cnd, removable blk hardtop/tan intr, orig working radio. 58,300 orig mi, runs/ drives like new, 2nd owner. $7,900. Dave 540.454.2934

Tires Wheels & Parts: Two Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Tires 245/40-18 one new/never mounted, other mounted/used less than 300 miles. $250. Kostas 703.628,2544

190E EVO II 17 x8” Rims & Tires (have an SLK part number, but are EVO II look-alikes.) Titanium color (ET38) 215/40ZR17 Toyo T1R tires used under 2000 miles, fctry fresh when installed 10/09 by Radial Tire, pics upon request. Tire totes included. $1300/obo. Four 17x8 Borbet 5-spoke rims Like new. Fit W211 (2003-2009) E class. Required 14.5mm chamfered lug bolts included. $200/obo Two sets of floor mats for W211 (20032009) E class. One set of light grey carpet mats & one set of light grey (slight discoloration from normal wear & tear) all-season (rubber) mats. Good condition. $40/obo. Custom cover for Smart Fortwo Barely used & like new. Has a grommeted hole for the radio antenna. Storage bag included. $35.00 Four 245/45R17 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 winter tires Tires mounted on OEM fivespoke rims (W211 Appearance Package) under 2000 miles on them. These rims use 14.5mm lug bolts (not included). $500/obo. Paul 540.313.4807 pdjv@pdjv. com Four 16” First Gen SLK Rims, Staggered width, clean, with nicks and scratches. Fits many M-B’s great look. Best offer. Bill 202.363.4189

Trading Post Ad Info: GWS members may place a free ad. To place an ad, go to www.gws-mbca. org/tradingpost.html and click on “Request an Ad.” Have a question? Contact Janet McFarland: 703.765.9405 or The editor has sole discretion in determining ad acceptability and length. For Up-To-Date Listings see:

Rear seat from 1980 300TD Palomino color bench. In good condition. Has been out of car for 20 years. Stored in basement in plastic bag. $100. Linda 410.647.1361 Set of 4 R107 560SL rims with Toyo Proxes RA-1 225/50ZR15. Rims are 7x15 ET25 15-hole (part nr. 126 40 03 002). Very good condition, never repainted. Will also fit W126 and many older MBs. Eric 703.549.5261 SL600 Front Floor Mats & OEM Wipers. Mats Palomino, brand new, still in package say V12 on them. Will fit late model SL. Brand new still in the box set of OEM wipers. Best Offer,I don’t want to throw them out. Pete, pgulick@

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Call For Nominations

very two years GWS members are called upon to nominate new Section officers. Those nominations must be delivered to the Section Secretary by September 1. The positions are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Members will cast their votes at the annual meeting on October 21 at American Service Center. Nominees are asked to indicate a willingness to serve for at least one two year term, be available to members and be able to attend board and committee meetings. If you have an interest in serving your fellow club members, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee for more information on the positions. William Hopper, 202.363.4189 Janet McFarland, 703.765.9405 Jim Smith 757.258.4933 18

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Photos of Winners of Deutsche Marque The winners are photographed with MBCA | GWS President Jim Glenn. Top Left to Right,David Van Duzer, Ed Vaughn, Robert Aftel, Jerry Chernault, Philip Morgan, Brantley Vitek and his wife. Bottom Left to Right, Gerard Bellerose, Raymond Schlicht, Preston Bricknor, Daniel Zavala, Chuck Taylor, Eric Scott with daughter, Sophia (foreground) and Keith Morgan in the background during judging. Photographs by Radoslav Asenov

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