In this newsletter we have a reminder of the invitation to have dinner or a
BBQ with me, news of a mystery, news of the new E class coupe and the usual
list of interesting links for you to check out.
Please don't forget that if you have any ideas for Newsletter content
please let us know .
Thanks, John & Sandra Green.
Australian made Crayford's, do they exist????
For some time the three known Australian owners of W116 "Crayford" wagons
have been trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. You see, we believe
that these were converted here in Australia, and that more than just the 5
we know of exist. The following information was dug up by Chris Martin who
now owns theGreen 280SE wagon that we had a few
Last year I sent a request for any info on the history of the Crayford
wagons in Australia to Classic and Sports Car magazine, and long after I
had forgotten about it, they published it in the March 2009 issue.
Consequently, I received the following info from a former employee who
remembered building one or maybe two Mercedes /Crayford wagons.
He was apprenticed to a restoration company in Melbourne in 1976, this
company, named Dawes and North Coachbuilders was born from the ill fated
Illinga project, of which 2 cars were finished and shown at the Melbourne
Motor Show in the mid '70's. Some of the workers in the Illinga business,
Tom Dawes and Laurie North formed the company and employed many of the
original guys, the company shared the Davies Craig Thermatic Fan factory in
Port Melbourne and then moved into bigger premise in Keysborough.
The company then morphed into Dawes and Jones...when Laurie North got
out and went to work for Holden. At some time it then became Dawes, Jones
and Hawkins, (he admits his memories of this time are a bit
vague)......Neville Hawkins was, at the time a wealthy entrepreneur and
also a car enthusiast who had one of the wagons.
It may have been blue, he imported 1 maybe 2 kits from England and they
built one...the silver car, and may have done the second car too.
He did have pictures, but alas they have long since gone.
Hawkins departed, and the company struggled on until the owner of the
factory, who by this time was owed many months in back rent pulled the pin
and locked the place up.
Dawes and a fellow worker Adrian Chapman moved the business to
Moorabbin and continued there for a time.
".....the only other guy that may be able to help you is a guy by the
name of Allan Jones, he lived in Waverely or maybe Endevour Hills I think,
he was one of the partners in the business, and was a mechanic, he was with
the company when I joined them in 1976 and was there at least until 80, 81.
Tom Dawes was the principle of the business, he was an englishman who had
worked with a number of Formula one teams before settleing in OZ.....I
heard he later became destiute and was living on the streets.....I do not
know how true this is. Laurie North went to work for Holden and lived in
Noble Park (?) and Neil Davies was a the forman / panel beater he lived in
Footscray or somewhere over that part of town and Adrian Chapman was the
guy Tom started up the business again, with..... I think he is in
Queensland. I hope this may help......"
Now I are telling you guys all this info is, I was wondering if any
Newsletter readers may have heard of any of these companies or the people
mentioned in the story?? The blue car that is mentioned is most likely
my280SELas it has Australian compliance. The
Silver car may be my450SELbut this is less
likely as it is not an Australian complied car.
- Christian Dannert has his own register of W114/115 Crayford wagons both
living and deceased.
You can find it
New chemical element discovered..
Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet
known to science.
The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant
neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it
an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces
called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton like
particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert.
However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which
it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction
that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years
to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years.
It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a
portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In
fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each
reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe
that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When
catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (symbol=Ad), an
element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has
half as many peons but twice as many morons.
Thanks for the praise.
After each Newsletter I always get a few e-mails full of praise, I know I
don't always respond to all of them but please be assured I do appreciate
them,. Here is just one.
Thanks for the newsletter, it continually gets better and more
interesting...given the limited time available to compile everything while
running a business it is very good. Keep up the good work..
E class coupe.
Not since the W124 range has there been a coupe version of a mid size
sedan. The W208 CLK was based on the W202 C class and the W209 CLK was
based on the W211 E class but neither really shared their looks like the
W124 coupes did with their sedan counterparts. Well, this is all about to
change with the release of a coupe version of the new E class coupe. These
will be badged E350/E500 etc, so will be different to the CLK. Here is the
Stuttgart - Just three months after the international debut of the new
E-Class saloon in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz will unveil the stunning
coupé version of the new E-Class at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
The world's oldest car maker is adding a special highlight to the new
E-Class range whilst at the same time maintaining a model tradition
that has been the source of great excitement throughout the history of the
The new E-Class Coupé offers a very special combination of two
attributes for which the Mercedes brand is well known: fascination and
efficiency. With its classic coupé side aspect - no B-pillars and fully
retractable side windows - this new two-door car is a particularly
sporty interpretation of the E-Class's dynamic design.
At the same time the most aerodynamic variant of these
coupés achieves a new world best in terms of drag coefficient: with
a Cd-figure of just 0.24, this model is the world's most
aerodynamically efficient series-production car.
The model programme includes two new 4-cylinder engines, which consume
up to 17% less fuel whilst offering a significant increase in performance
The new E-Class Coupé's standard-fit AGILITY CONTROL suspension
adjusts automatically to the current driving situation. It combines driving
enjoyment and excellent handling with maximum comfort.
The new E-Class Coupé will be in the showrooms of the European
Mercedes-Benz dealerships and company-owned sales
outlets at the beginning of May 2009.
The new Coupé offers all the technical innovations of the new E-Class
series, features which customers expect to find in a sports-oriented luxury
coupé. These include selective damper control, drowsiness detection,
preventive occupant protection and an Active Bonnet.
As a feature specific to the Coupé, the Dynamic Driving package allows
different suspension setups at the touch of a button.
Adaptive Main Beam Assist, road sign recognition and an automatic
emergency braking system are other features with which the new series sets
standards in this vehicle category.
The E-Class also takes on a pioneering role in the drive
The new diesels and direct-injection petrol engines combine efficiency
with an effortless power delivery.
The engine line-up includes two new four-cylinder
models which deliver significantly more power and torque while
consuming up to 17 percent less fuel.
The best example is the twin-turbo diesel E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
Coupé, which consumes 5.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres and emits 139
grams of CO2 per kilometre, making it one of the most economical
vehicles in its class.
This exemplary low fuel consumption rate has been achieved not
only been because of the new engines, but also due to a number of practical
These include on-demand activation of the steering and fuel pumps, the
use of tyres with low rolling resistance and an alternator control system
which takes account of the current driving situation and the vehicle's
electrical power requirements, plus the very important contribution
made by outstanding aerodynamics.
MBCWA Presidents dinner
I would like to extend an invitation to all WA Newsletter readers (and any
east coasters for that matter) to attend the Mercedes-Benz club of WA
Annual Presidents dinner. Details as posted on their website:
Date 17.04.2009, 19:30 Hour At West Perth
Organisers Mercedes-Benz Club WA Australia Country Australia Event Partner Event Location Perth Soccer Club Street / No. Dorrien Gardens, 3 Lawley Street Postcode / City West Perth Contact Chris Flamer Telephone 08 9444 7685 (ah)
Join our President, Jeremy Ludlow, at the annual President's Dinner for
2009.Please note that this event has recently been rescheduled to Friday 17
Our guest speaker will be John Green, proprietor of MB Spares and
Service in Canberra, and sponsor of the well known enthusiasts' forum
Anyone who's been to the President's Dinner in the four years we've run
it will remember a fabulous evening, where the meal is memorably good and
the company excellent. We're aiming to make this a big night in 2009, and
in addition to our guest speaker, have some special prizes arranged for
The cost will be $75 per person and we have arranged a delicious menu
for the evening. The menu begins with antipasto, continues with either veal
parmigiana or snapper fillets, and finishes with tiramisu. We're
encouraging members to bring along friends and family members - especially
any who are Mercedes-Benz or smart owners. If you can, please make up a
table of up to ten people.
It's a chance to dress up and have a big night out with great company.
Arrive at 7pm for canapés and sit down at 7.30pm for a wonderful 3-course
meal. Venue is the Perth Soccer Club, Dorrien Gardens, 3 Lawley Street,
West Perth WA 6005.
Tickets are available by pre-booking only and payment may be made by
Yes folks that's right I must be getting famous or something as they have
invited me to come and bore them with stories about the business and MB's
in general. To be honest I feel very honoured by the invitation and am
excited to be attending this event. Just to give you some idea, they had
Allan Moffat last year!
Here is the current list of upcoming events. If you know of an event that
would be of interest to our Newsletter readers please
e-mail me with the details as you
will see below it does not necessarily have to be an exclusively
Mercedes-Benz related event. The plan is not to put each clubs entire
calendar on here, just the major events. Here are a few that I know are
25th August 2009 . Shannons Eastern Creek
Classic, an excellent event run by the NSW Council of Motor Clubs and is
open to all clubs and their members. It is a great family day out and you
even get a chance to do a lap of the circuit in your car!!
2009.Mercedes-benz Club of
Victoria Concours d'Elegance Held in conjunction with the RACV Classic
Showcase promoted by the AOMC at
Flemington Racecourse. Discounted Concours entry fee when paid on or before
the April Club Meeting. More details
13th September 2009. Mercedes-Benz club of NSW
Concours d'Elegance is the highlight of the club year. A time when the Club
exhibits its marque to Club members and the general public. The 2009 event
will be held at Parramatta Park, Parramatta NSW. Enquiries to Karen Fail ph
02 9482-2216 or Concours
April 2010. Yes I know that is a long way off, but there
is no harm in advance planning. The
of WA will be celebrating their 50th birthday and running
the next Bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Clubs of Australia rally from April the
23rd till the 26th. It will be followed immediately
by a tour of the South West of WA from the 27th till the
31st of April. You can register your interest in this event by
e-mailing them here . Further details will appear on
this website soon .
Links of the month.
- We get a lot of questions about what wheels fit and don't fit. You also
see these questions all the time on the various forums. So have a
look at this site for a great list of what fits.
Well I guess it was not much of a surprise when both C250's were sold
within days of the Newsletter being published, we have also sold the C200K
and the 450SL. The 450SL is currently making its way to sunny Cairns to be
with its new owner.
We have a pile of new cars coming including a 95 SL500, a 2001 C180 and a
2003 ML270. Unfortunately the only one I have any pictures of at this stage
is the SL500. If you are interested in any of these cars we will be
e-mailing out the details with pictures to the customers who have
registered their interest in these models on
We also have a very neat E320 sedan that
arrived a few weeks ago.
Click here for details of the SL500, but please
ignore the wheels!! It has a very good documented history and only 68000kms
. This car has some great options like "Leather exclusive" which is a hand
stitched dash board in leather that matched the seats rather than a vinyl
one. It also has the very rare Panorama roof option. Like the A160 I
mentioned last Newsletter these have all of a sudden become very affordable
at only $29990.00.
Here is the option list:
leather exclusive anthracite or black
polar white (T) (с 01.01.1992)
polar white (T) (с 01.01.1992)
self-levelling suspension all-around, with adaptive damping
system (ADS) (с 01.02.1988 по 31.01.1996)
left front seat electrically adjustable with memory
feature. only applicable to w 210 when installed in
conjunction with code 275. (с 01.03.1983)
right front seat electrically adjustable with memory
feature. only applicable to series w 210 when installed in
conjunction with code 275. (с 01.03.1983)
mirror with memory circuit (с 01.02.1988 по 01.09.1996)
trunk set, (280 SL)
steering wheel with sports design (390 mm dia.) and
gearshift lever in leather trim (с 01.05.1990)
steering wheel (390 mm) with sports design (с 01.03.1989)
additional lamp (с 01.09.1982)
instrument with mileage reading and english lettering (с
automatic antenna and front loudspeaker - without radio set
(model 500SEC with loudspeaker only) (с 01.10.1989)
anti-theft warning system (с 01.11.1978 по 31.03.1998)
rear seats used on sl models (с 01.01.1963)
automatic climate control (с 01.01.1977)
heat-insulating glass, all-around, heated rear window pane
(laminated glass), band filter
green heat-insulating glass all round, heated rear window,
laminated safety glass - tinted strip (с 01.01.1972)
headlamp wiper/washer (с 01.08.1971)
lamp unit, asymmetrical, l.h. traffic (с 01.02.1963)
fire extinguisher (с 01.04.1970)
folding top fabric9001 black (с 01.08.1972)
Technical changes of modelling year 1995 (с 01.01.1994 по
closing system with infrared remote control (с 01.02.1988)
Don't forget Sandra's Viano 7 seat van , have
had this for sale for some time and I must admit it is a difficult vehicle
to sell. The main problem is that most people don't even know that
Mercedes-Benz do a "Tarago" style people mover. This has been our family
transport for the last two years and is a great vehicle for a large active
family. It has been a wonderful car, over Christmas we drove to Melbourne,
across to Adelaide and back via the Hay plains averaging 9lts per 100kms
for the trip including driving around Melbourne and Adelaide. Not bad for
such a big car.
And finally seeing as I have upset our Public Service customers I may as
well upset our Irish and French customers at the same time.
The French President is sitting in his office when his telephone rings.
'Hallo, Mr. Sarkozy!' a heavily accented voice said. 'This is Paddy down at
the Harp Pub in County Clare , Ireland .. I am ringing to inform you that
we are officially declaring war on you! We voted to reject the
'Well, Paddy,' Sarkozy replied, 'This is indeed important news! How big is
'Right now,' says Paddy, after a moment's calculation, 'there is myself, me
Cousin Sean, me next door neighbour Seamus, and the entire darts team from
the pub. That makes eleven!'
Sarkozy paused. 'I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100,000 men in my army
waiting to move on my command.'
'Begoora!' says Paddy. 'I'll have to ring you back.'
Sure enough, the next day, Paddy calls again. 'Mr. Sarkozy, the war is
still on. We have managed to get us some infantry equipment!'
'And what equipment would that be Paddy?' Sarkozy asks.
'Well, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Murphy's farm tractor.'
Sarkozy sighs amused. 'I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 6,000 tanks and
5,000 armoured personnel carriers. Also, I have increased my army to
150,000 since we last spoke.'
'Saints preserve us!' says Paddy. 'I'll have to get back to you.'
Sure enough, Paddy rings again the next day. 'Mr. Sarkozy, the war is still
on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We have modified Jackie
McLaughlin's ultra-light with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four
boys from the Shamrock Bar have joined us as well!'
Sarkozy was silent for a minute and then cleared his throat. 'I must tell
you, Paddy, that I have 100 bombers and 200 fighter planes. My military
bases are surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And
since we last spoke, I have increased my army to 200,000!'
'Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!' says Paddy, 'I will have to ring you back.'
Sure enough, Paddy calls again the next day. 'Top o' the mornin',
Mr.Sarkozy! I am sorry to inform you that we have had to call off the war.'
'Really? I am sorry to hear that,' says Sarkozy. 'Why the sudden change of
'Well,' says Paddy, 'we had a long chat over a few pints of Guinness and
packets of crisps, and we decided there is no fookin' way we can feed
200,000 prisoners .
So that's it for another newsletter . Hope you liked what
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Thanks, John Green.