M.B Spares Newsletter No. 130
Hello all, sorry there was no October Newsletter as Sandra and I have been
away on leave. We have spent the last 3 weeks in North America including
managing to be stuck in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit. By chance we
were staying uptown so were not affected by the power cuts and managed to
get on one of the first planes to fly out a few days after the event.
Whilst in California we visited the MBUSA Classic Center and will have a
report in the December Newsletter.
MB Spares workshop open night.
It is now under 2 weeks until the annual MB Spares Sausages and Spanners
night with the Mercedes-Benz club of the ACT so mark Tuesday the
13th of November in your diary. Format for the night is a 5:30 -
6:00pm start so you can come straight from work if a local. Enjoy some
gourmet sausages, a refreshing drink and some good company, followed by a
tour of our facilities and talk from John Green.
Normally over by 8:30- 9:00pm so those who have come down from Sydney have
time to get home before midnight.. (that's when your Mercedes may turn into
Whilst this is a MBCACT event, you are all welcome to attend. It is also
listed as an
event via our Facebook page.
MB Spares Calendar.
The 2013 MB Spares desk calendar is now ready and being distributed with
parts orders. Produced in conjunction with the
Mercedes-Benz Club of the
ACT. January - June features our 1954 300b and Murray's 1953 220. July
to December features a stunning 320CE Cabriolet belonging to one of our
customers. If you don't have any parts needs at the moment but would still
like a calendar sent out please let us know and we will drop one in the
post to you.
A car is only original once (part 2)
In Newsletter 127 I wrote an article pointing
out the modern trend in encouraging the preservation of original examples
of Classic cars. Well
here is another article on the subject, it makes a very good point
comparing original verses restored antique furniture and the effect of the
price. The authors point about "Collecting cars" being a relatively young
pursuit is very relevant. Hopefully this message will continue to circulate
in the Classic car community before to much more damage is done.
This article was brought to our attention by the new owner of our
190Dbwho quite obviously understands the
importance of preservation of original examples..
Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT Concours.
Another Mercedes-Benz club of the ACT Concours has been run and won with
this year's winner being a stunning SL280 from the Victorian Mercedes-Benz
Club. The event is run as part of the Shannons German Autofest which is
attended by all of the German marque car clubs. Haven't had a chance to put
pictures on the MB Spares website yet, but they are listed on
page. You do not need to be a Facebook member to view these pictures.
Murray Mules wins Committee's choice award with NSU Ro80
The other big winner at the recent Shannons German Autofest was our own
Murray Mules, taking out the award to best Rare Marque and the Committee's
Choice award with his NSU Ro80. See picture in the R/H margin. You can see
the car and some other details of NSU's here in Australia
- I hope the
new owner of this cartakes head of the current trend to not destroy
this car by restoring it.
- If you have not seem any of the "Comedians in Cars, getting coffee"
this is a good oneto start with. Thanks to the customer who sent this
This linkabout the von Krieger Special Roadster was also sent in by a
If you find anything interesting on the web and would like to share it with
contact me here.
More staffing news, this time we can confirm that Ryan Smith has signed up
to do an apprenticeship in Automotive Mechanical Technology with us. Ryan
has been with us for a few months on a trial basis and we are very happy
with his choice to join our team. MB Spares recognizes the need for the
Automotive repair industry to continue to support itself by training our
future technicians. Not only does this ensure the long term viability of
the industry, but it exposes us to the latest technologies being taught at
the various trades training facilities around Australia.
There are always plenty of events on across Australia for Mercedes-Benz
owners. Here are a few to put in your diary:
18thof November 2012. Marques in the
17thof March 2013 Pagoda's 50th Birthday
Cars for sale.
The other reason for no October newsletter was the number of cars that we
sold in the week before we left, all of which had to be sorted, registered
and delivered before we left. If you look at our
cars for sale listingon the website, you will
see a very odd sight. Nothing is listed. There are a few cars that we know
will be coming in next week so stay tuned. The list should be as follows…
- 420SEL 1988 sedan, very neat example that we have sold once before. (See
picture in R/H margin)
- 413CDI Sprinter cab chassis 2002, has only done 27000kmns and had a box
fitted to the rear. Would make an idea mobile trades mans van.
- E320 Elegance, 2001 model with Sat Nave and some other nice options.
- S320 sedan, 1996 model very well kept example.
So that's all for now. We look forward to seeing many of you at the ACT
club Concours, and for those of you who can't attend we will have pictures
in the October Newsletter.
Enjoy your Benz..
John & Sandra Green.