These will include an example of the world’s first super car – the 300SL Gullwing, its little brother – a 190SL, a still breathtakingly stylish 300SE cabriolet, a Pagoda SL celebrating the 50th anniversary of this model, an example of the Mercedes-Benz you just can’t ignore – a 600 with technology that still impresses 50 years on, a 240D that’s been ‘round the clock’ but was buffed up sufficiently to win this year’s Club National Concours and a 1997 SL60 AMG – part of the R129 range which is the ‘coming classic’ in the Club.
The show theme of ‘classics reunited’ is perfectly demonstrated by at least three of these cars. The Gullwing is back doing what it was built for – it was specially prepared to be the star of the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Canadian International Fair in 1955. The 600 was originally the property of a leading pop music manager and songwriter; when its current custodian bought it a couple of years ago he was able to reunite it not only with its first owner’s family but also two of the mechanics who worked on it when it was new. And the 240D has been in the same family all its life – its current owner having restored it in memory of his late father and all the happy trips made in it between the UK and Cyprus.
If you visit the Club’s stand at the NEC, not only will you be able to see these cars, you will also have the chance of winning a Brittany Ferries crossing to and from Spain and – if you join the Club – you will receive a free copy of its Yearbook celebrating its 60th anniversary and charting both the Club’s and the marque’s history.
The Mercedes-Benz Club has over 10,000 Members and organises a huge range of events for them – including national and international rallies, a national concours competition and lots of social events, including local pub meetings and participation in shows and rallies in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
It is the only UK club recognised by Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd and Daimler AG. Founded in 1952, it is the oldest Mercedes club in the world and caters for Mercedes-Benz cars of all ages. It publishes a monthly, full colour, 80-plus page, A4 magazine and offers an exclusive range of Club merchandise – on sale at the NEC.
The Club provides a comprehensive range of technical support for its Members via Model Register Captains and Technical Advisers, plus forums and a searchable Technical Reference Library on the Members’ pages of its website. Members also receive the Club Directory, which includes the ‘Good Garage Guide’ of members’ recommendations.
Club Members can take advantage of preferential terms from a wide range of companies and organisations. These include exclusive insurance policies plus discounts from appointed Mercedes-Benz dealers, hotel groups, ferry operators and on car accessories.
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