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The MB Club at the Classic Motor Show. The Mercedes-Benz Club stand at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham will have even more cars on display and more prizes than last year.
These prizes include a crossing to Spain and back for a car and two passengers with Brittany Ferries, the latest in-car camera from Pakatak and a set of Clearview hazard warning lights. All Members who visit the stand will also be able to enjoy its Members' Café with free tea or coffee and biscuits.
The cars on the stand will include a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen – generally accepted as the world's first production motor car. This is being kindly loaned by Mercedes-Benz UK, but everything else on display, including all the other cars, are being provided by the Club and its Members.
The other cars are a 190SL, the increasingly sought-after 1950s and 60s sports car; a beautiful but very useable 1971 280SE 3.5 coupé and a 1988 300SE – an example of the S-Class that has repeatedly led the industry in terms of quality and technical innovation.
A new feature this year will be a car for the Club's Technical Team to use to show what to look out for in an entry-level classic – the car chosen is a 300D from the late 1980s. A rather more exotic W124 on display will be a 1991 500E – one of the true 'Q-cars' – its V8 power unit endowing this, at first glance, conservative saloon with super-car performance.
The Mercedes-Benz marque has had a number of anniversaries in 2016 and the Club will be acknowledging some of these. The presence of a 230TE will honour the W123 range's 40th birthday, an SLK230 will be marking 20 years since the smaller sports car was introduce and a CLK55 AMG cabriolet the same anniversary for the smaller coupés.
Anyone joining the Club at the show will have the normal £5 joining fee waived and receive a Meguair's Wash & Wax car care kit, worth £25. The annual subscription is from just £35 per year if paid by direct debit.
The Mercedes-Benz Club has over 11,000 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 oncar accessories. The Club also has a scheme to offer its Members tuition from the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
To join the Mercedes-Benz Club please call 01780 482111 or visit
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Mrs. Catherine Barlow