Hello and welcome to latest Newsletter.
This newsletter we have the first of the various articles I am writing on
my trip to the UK and Germany a few months back. We also have a historic
look at our website and all the other usual stuff. Don't forget that if you
have something that you think we could put in the Newsletter to send it to
Thanks, John & Sandra Green.
As promised here are some details on the new Mercedes-Benz World complex at
Brooklands in the UK.
In July 1907 the first purpose built racing circuit in the United Kingdom
was opened with great fanfare. And as you can guess several Mercedes-Benz
cars were present on day one. Over the next 32 years the brand of
Mercedes-Benz became famous for breaking many speed records at the
Brooklands circuit. Unfortunately with the outbreak of the Second World War
the racing ceased and the land surrounding the circuit was used to build
fighters and bombers for the war by Vickers. Racing never returned after
the war but the relationship between Mercedes-Benz and Brooklands was to
stand the test of time.
Nearly 60 years after the end of the Second World War Mercedes-Benz
purchased what was left of the old circuit and commenced building
"Mercedes-Benz World" You can
click hereto see the company website. The building is a huge 3 stories
and over 16500 square meters. Essentially it is a huge dealership with
sections for each one of the various models. A class, B class, C class all
the way up to Maybach and Mclaren which have their own special room. The C
class section had the new W204 C class wagon on
display. This has only
released here in Australia.
There is the very special Gullwing café that serves
great tartsand several interactive displays.
There is a virtual assembly line that you view with 3D glasses. You travel
in a CLK down the production line as it is being built. The other display
that I was most impressed with was an interactive display featuring the
Mercedes Simplex from 1907. You are required to solve some of the very
basic problems faced by vehicle designers from the early 20th
century. When you have finished all the tasks set, the screen in front of
you where the pictures are clears to display a fully restored Simplex. The
Simplex was a model which was cutting edge technology in its day.
Each floor has a nice selection of classic cars on display. These cars are
rotated on a regular basis and are drawn from local collectors and the
Classic Center collection in Germany.
Outside there is a skid pan and 2.5km test track where for a sum you can
test drive any of the AMG models you like. There is even an off-road track
to check out the new ML63! Next door is the Brooklands Museum, which bills
itself as the Birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation. It is housed
in all of the original pit buildings and workshops from the famous circuit.
Some of these workshops have many stories to tell. For example one of them
was used by Sir Malcolm Campbell for many years to build his various speed
record cars. It is well worth a visit, they even have a Concord on display
which you can look though.
You can see a selection of the pictures I took at
Brooklands here. Next newsletter, the Crayford
story and then onto Germnay.
New options for your dream car and e-mail etiquette
We have made a few changes to some of the options you have when signing up
for our Newsletter and wanted to bring to your attention a small problem
that seems to be happening quite often these days.
First the problem, we love getting e-mail parts requests. They are
sometimes easier to handle than phone requests especially as you can answer
them when you have time. Murphy has a rule that if one customer rings for a
quote, three others will all ring at precisely the same time! However what
is happing is that we are getting some customers sending the same request
to two or even three of our e-mail addresses? So guess what, sometimes
unless we all talk to each other the same customer gets two or even three
sometimes slightly different answers, then of course mass confusion sets
in. We have even had a case where we ordered the same part for someone
twice… So here are the rules which will help us to help you:
- Please only e-mail one of us. Maybe there is some logic in e-mailing two
of us, if so please make it very clear in the text of the e-mail that this
has happened. (which some of you already do)
- If you need a same day answer to a quote/question you are best to phone
us on the toll free number 1300 787 300. The same rule about three
customers ringing at once also applies to the number of e-mails that can
arrive in one day if one of them is very urgent.
- Please include heaps of detail, things like chassis numbers and even a
digital picture of what you are after would be great.
Now something more interesting. To help us keep up with the times we have
added a pile of new options in the drop down boxes that you select from
when signing up for the Newsletter. These are:
W164 Wagon ML280CDI, ML320CDI, ML350, ML500, ML55 ML63
W169 Wagon A170, A200, A200 Turbo
W211 Sedan & Wagon E200K, E240, E270CDI, E280CDI, E320, E350, E500,
W209 Coupe and Cabriolet, CLK200, CLK240, CLK320, CLK350, CLK500, CLK55,
W220 Sedan S320, S350, S430, S500, S600, S55
W221 Sedan S350, S500, S600, S55
So now is the time to log on and check what your preferences are and if you
are interested include these new options in your preferences….
To do this go to our home page
www.mbspares.com.au, enter your
e-mail address and password in the fields at the top r/h corner, then once
logged in click on the "edit my details" link which is just to the left of
your e-mail address. Then scroll down past your address and phone number to
the preference boxes.
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 mewith 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
21stSeptember 2008 The
Mercedes-Benz Club (NSW) Inc,
Concours d'Elegance will be held on Sunday Sunday 21st September 2008, at
Parramatta Park, Parramatta NSW.
28th September 2008. The
of the ACT , Concours d'Elegance will be held on the Sunday 28th
September at Rond Terraces in conjunction with the Shannons German
Autofest. This year the German Autofest will feature the Rare Marques group
in addition to all the usual suspects. The pre-Concours function on
Saturday night is a cocktail party at Capital Star Motors, who are the
local authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers.
M.B Spares is a major sponsor of this event so stay tuned for more info.
Easter 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 at over Easter in
2010. Planning is in its very early stages at the moment, but you can get
some details here.
History in a box.
Check out the picture at the top of the Newsletter of the 500K being worked
on in an old garage! (don't forget to click on it to enlarge it) It is
actually a model in a diorama. These are made by a local artist here in
Canberra and can be purchased from us. Price for the pictured example is
$795.00. Lots of money I know, but they are super detailed. He can also do
a similar one with whatever car you own in it, so long as there is a model
of your car available. Please contact
me for more details if interested.
Links of the month.
First up an apology about one of the links from the last Newsletter… The
link about the 300SEL 6.3 was moved for some reason by www.benzinsider.com
this also meant that the question of the month was a disaster as you guys
could not see the picture of the 6.3 towing a caravan. So after a bit of a
look around their site I have found the new URL for it.
Click here and hope they don't move it again…..
Here is what our website looked like in 1999.
Here is what our website looked like in 2002.
is what our website looked like in 2003.
is what our website looked like in 2004.
is what our website looked like in 2006.
- Finally check this out, it is
a satellite shot of the MB plant in Sindelfingen (outer suburb of
Stuttgart) with it zoomed in on the Customer Center. This is where you go
for the factory tours and to pick up your new car if you tick the box for
factory delivery. Use the little plus and minus symbols on the l/h side to
zoom in and out.
Upper control arms.
Do you own a W116 or W123 sedan wagon or coupe?? When did you last have a
look at the front suspension upper control arms? Have a look at the last
picture at the top of this Newsletter. (don't forget to click on it to
enlarge it) These arms are made from aluminium which unfortunately does not
wear to well. They have a rubber pivot bush at the end that attached to the
chassis and the upper ball joint which attaches to the stub axle on the
other end. Once the inner bushes start to wear and become loose in the arm
they combine with all the dirt that is under the wheel arch and start to
grind away at the alloy arm. The picture above is a rather extreme example
but you can see just how bad this can get. So if you own one of these cars
go and jack up the car and have a look at your arms. You need to do the
inspection with the car off the ground as this is when the arm is stretched
Now the good news, if you check yours out and they are less than perfect we
are going to run a special on them for the next month. The normal retail is
$125.00, special price is $95.00 each.
Question for the month.
OK, same question as last month only this time the hopefully you can see
the picture….. Tell me where the picture of the 6.3 towing the Caravan was
taken and the significance of the picture. Answer next Newsletter.
Cars for sale.
The E270CDI and 560SEC have arrived. You can view the pictures of the
SEC here. If you are interested I have heaps
more pictures that can be e-mailed to you. E270 pictures here.
Other cars that will be arriving in stock soon include a rare 1998 C180
with manual transmission.
Not long since the last Newsletter so only a few cars have been sold these
include a 190E sedan that we sold on ebay and the Silver E280 sedan, the
300CE and 380SL have both just been picked up and are with their proud new
Don't forget Sandra's Viano 7 seat van, 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.
You can check out all the cars we have for sale
New cars into stock include:
560SEC 1989 update version
280SE W108 sedan
Cars sold include:
E280 sedan 1995 spec
Also in stock we have:
Vito 113 manual van, low mileage
E270CDI Elegance sedan 2003
450SEL sedan low mileage.
ML320 CDI with full options.
W114 long wheel base sedan project
Getting old, are we?
This was sent to us by a caring customer…..
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the average driver's reaction time is: .75 seconds -or- 1 car length for
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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
here. Also, don't forget that you can check out the
old newsletters here
Thanks, John Green.