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Newsletter No.060 National Rally information pack, Smart Car release

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Newsletter Number 60
9th June 2003

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Hello again.  In this newsletter you will find news of the up coming National rally, some interesting links and the Australian release of the Smart car! 

John Green.

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Australian Smart Car release this month.

Avid Mercedes-Benz info web crawlers will already know all about the "Smart Car".  It took Europe by storm as a totally different form of interurban transport 6 years ago. Well, now it is Australia's turn. The following is a copy of a press release from Daimler Chrysler Asia Pacific:

  • 2nd generation smart arrives in Australia
  • Customer deliveries commence in June
  • smart city-coupé on sale from $21,900

The first shipment of the new 2nd generation smart city-coupé and cabriolet has just arrived in Melbourne and Sydney ahead of the cars' sales release in Australia this month.

But they won't be hanging around for too long as approximately 80 Australian customers, who ordered a smart city-coupé or cabriolet earlier this year, will be among the first in Australia to take delivery of the new 2nd generation models.

smart is now readying the first of many cars to be delivered through smart Centres in Sydney and Melbourne, located within the existing premises of Mercedes-Benz of Sydney and Mercedes-Benz of Melbourne. Smart Centre Brisbane will open at the start of 2004.

The arrival of the 2nd generation smart heralds the brand's official entry into the Australian new car market.

The new smart model range in Australia features the highly specified and powerful smart & pulse performance and equipment package as standard.

Both the smart city-coupé and smart cabrio feature a redesigned and larger capacity (698 cc) three-cylinder SUPREX turbo engine, which delivers 45 kW, and a sequential six-speed transmission.

The 2nd generation smart city-coupé and smart cabrio are equipped with the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as a standard feature. ESP includes further functions, which enhance the comfort and safety of the vehicle, such as Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist and Acceleration Skid Control. Moreover, the Anti-lock Braking System ABS including Electronic Brake-force Distribution is integrated in ESP.

Other standard-fitted items include the glass roof with sun-screen (city-coupé), leather steering wheel, front airbags, remote central locking, power windows, airconditioning, CD player and 15-inch alloy wheels.

The smart´s basic design consists of short crumple zones around an extremely rigid TRIDION safety cell. The sandwich platform construction locates all the assembly units under the passenger compartment. The outer skin consists of flexible body panels. They are made of coloured thermoplastic which is 100-per cent recyclable.


Mercedes-Benz Clubs of Australia National rally.

Last newsletter we told you how all you Roundie/Ponton owners out there could go to a meeting in Poland.  Well, here is one a bit closer for everyone to attend.  Every two years one of the Australian Mercedes-Benz Clubs takes their turn to host a National rally. This time it is the Mercedes-Benz Club of Queensland that is the host. The following info has been sent to us from the club. Contact details are included in the information.

National Rally Easter9-12 April 2004


Friday 9th April

  Registration: Rydges International Hotel, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane from 3 pm

  Evening: Gala Reception: Rooftop terrace, Rydges  6-9pm  

  • View the city lights and meet members from all clubs joining us in a relaxed evening.  
  • Hot and cold canapes will be served initially, followed by two hot dishes with rice and buttered noodles.  
  • Several bars will operate. Delegates buy own drinks, pay direct or charge to your room.


  Saturday 10th April

·         Full buffet breakfast at Rydges Riverside restaurant, then board your Mercedes-Benz coaches for a trip to the Sunshine Coast.

·         See the Glass House Mountains, and lush sub-tropical Maleny hinterlands. Morning tea of filtered coffee or tea, cakes, scones and muffins and the chance to stroll through Montville with its craft shops and glass blower. 

·         Lunch in the Village Hall at Montville will be sausages in bread, hamburger, onions and salad. Soft drinks, beer and wine will be for sale at a nominal price. 

·         After lunch, board your coach again for a visit to local attractions such as the Ginger Factory at Yandina, the Macadamia Factory, etc, and then to the coast for a drive along the beaches for which this coast is famous. 

·         Return late afternoon to Rydges. Walk out of your hotel, stroll across the South Bank Parklands to the river where your paddle steamer will be waiting. 

·         Dinner Cruise on the Kookaburra Queen 7-11 pm. Live entertainment, buffet meal. Buy own drinks. After a relaxing cruise, the paddle steamer will return to South Bank at 11pm where a leisurely stroll takes you back to your room at Rydges.




Sunday 11th April

·         Full buffet breakfast at Riverside Restaurant to start the day, then into your cars, or coach for our overseas members and a drive to the Darling Downs.

·         Morning tea with a difference while at the same time, see some of the vintage War Birds at Toowoomba Aerodrome. On to John and Merle Freeman’s home, a few minutes out of Toowoomba. 80 acres of gardens and cars to dream of, including the oldest in Australia, an 1899 Winton Phaeton, and maybe the chance for a drive in it, a 1913 Singer, a 1926 Rolls Royce phantom 1 Saloon with an Australian built Waddington body, a Lamborghini Countach, as well as Mercedes-Benz valley.

·         The collection is endless, with a Grosser, a newer 600, a 500SL, and another shed full of restorations under way- 350SL, 450 SLC, MG TC and a Lamborghini Espada and parts and more parts and cars in Mercedes-Valley.

·         Bring comfortable shoes if you are going exploring among the treasures.Enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine and/or a wine tasting before a casual alfresco lunch barbecue in the lush garden setting- Merle’s handiwork. Spend as much time as you wish, and on your return, drive through the aptly named Garden City.

·         The evening will feature a two course gala dinner in Rydges banquet room 7-11pm with live entertainment and a three piece dance band as well as a host of light-hearted awards.

Monday 12th April
  • Full buffet breakfast at Rydges, then drive your car across the road to the Cultural Forecourt of South Bank where the grand finale will be the line-up of cars along the Brisbane River.  




Early-bird registration $650 per double or twin share, $470 single supplement


  • includes accommodation in a standard room overlooking Mt Cootha,
  • all meals and snacks as shown,
  • entertainment,
  • secure covered and fenced parking in the TAFE carpark across the road, or in Rydges underground park
  • coach trip Saturday, and car/coach for interstaters and overseas delegates on Sunday
  • river cruise and dinner dance,
  • South Bank finale.


This early bird price is for the first 100 full registrations of either $650 for double or twin share, or $470 for one person occupying one room and includes a subsidy of $130 per registration to give a balance to the single person who still has to pay the same price per room 

This price has been made possible by the wonderful generosity of DaimlerChrysler Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd in support of this National event. The subsidy will benefit members from each state.

Room upgrades.

The additional price for the three nights is shown in brackets. Add this to your $650

Superior queen and twin rooms with private balcony and views of the city skyline and the Brisbane River (Add $60),

Junior suites have a king size bed, a lounge room and sofa which converts into a double bed and a balcony (Add $150)

King suites have a private bedroom, a lounge room with sofa which converts into a double bed, and a wrap which comfortably sleep four (add $180).

If you wish to come earlier or stay longer Rydges will honour these very discounted prices for additional nights.

If you want to be with the early birds, but unable to pay the total payment at this stage, the instalments price will be $350 if you are in the first 100 registrations and $350 by the end of January 2004.

To take advantage of the early bird price, please complete this form and return to The Mercedes-Benz Club of Queensland, P.O. Box 362, Spring Hill, Q 4004, with your cheque or money order or transfer electronically and e-mail us full details on, or use SWIFT and send us a copy of the transaction as well as the details below


Registration Form: National Rally Easter 2004




Name of spouse or partner, if applicable …………..…………………………………….


Postal Address……………………………………………………………………………. …..…………………………………………………………………………………………



Phone……………………..Fax ……………………………. E-mail…………………

Accommodation preference      please tick


Double                   Twin share                   Single occupancy             


I am a financial member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of……………………Membership No. …….

Optional extra: National Rally Grille Badge; $22 (these will be made to order)

Enclosed     $…………….

Cheque or money order should be made payable to The Mercedes-Benz Club of Qld and mailed to:               

Mercedes-Benz Club of Queensland,                                                   

P.O. Box 362,                                                                                                 

Spring Hill, Qld 4004

This is our preferred method of payment, please


If you wish to use internet  banking:

BSB 804-003

Account 305587


Reference:    your name (or account, whatever helps to identify you)

Institution: Media Credit Union Qld Ltd

You must send your name, club and number with the internet banking reference number to so we know where the deposit has originated.


We ask that, if possible, you use a cheque and hard copy of your registration rather than internet banking as all the processing and banking will be done by Robert in addition to his secretarial/editorial plus duties of an on-going nature


For overseas members via SWIFT: You must tell the originator of the transfer:

Our bank’s BSB       804003


Name of banking institution: Media Credit Union 10 Benson St Toowong

You must provide your member number and your name and important tell the sending bank to “Please convert funds to AUS dollars” which avoids hold-ups. Not every bank overseas does SWIFT (Standard Worldwide International Fund Transfers), the sender must find a bank with a relationship with an Australian bank. Again, you must send similar details, name, club, membership number and the SWIFT reference number to so we know where the deposit originated.


MBCV Concours Pictures

Wonderful response to this article from the last newsletter. For new newsletter list members, the pictures have all been put on the server from the old site.  I have had a few people ask if they can use the pictures. This is fine, so long as the source (John Green)  is recognised. 


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Links of the week.

Remember poor old David Muellers 450SEL accident from Newsletter 49?  Well, it is finished and back on the road. There is an updated webpage here that you can check out for the whole story.

And if any of you feel that you have too much time on your hands you might like to try a project like this.  Yes, it is for real.  The base car is stated to be a 87 500SEC but looks like an earlier one to me.

And here is a picture of a tow truck that I would just love to buy.  Unfortunately it is a bit to far away for me to bid on it.


Cars for Sale.

We are starting a new system this Newsletter for listing the cars for sale.  Instead of a picture and description of each car, there will be a very short description and a link to a page with a full description.  After a few weeks each one of these pages will have an interior and exterior shot as well as more info than before. This change is due to some of the constraints of the system the new website works in. 

As with all changes we make over the years to the Newsletter, if you don't like it please let me know!

Cars sold:

The 300SE 63 Cabriolet is going to a new home in Melbourne.  It will be in good company as the new owner also has two W111 coupes and a few other Mercedes-Benz classics.

The following cars have recently arrived for sale:

230E 86 model, 153000kms

230E 86 model, 179000kms 

E280 94 model, 224000kms

Also in stock we have:

190E 87 model, 167000kms

190E 89 model, 93000kms

500SEL 84 model, 121000mls

560SEL 86 model 242000kms

380SEL 85 model 146000kms

So that's it for another newsletter. Hope you liked what you saw.  If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures or other material please e-mail me here.  Also, don't forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.