Ault Park Concours
Sunday June 9th
The Cincinnati Section will once again have its parking corral at the Concours. Members will be allowed to park their Mercedes Benz Vehicles (Only Mercedes, show rules) in this area during the day of the show. It will be manned from 8:30AM until the lot is filled. We need some additional volunteers to help direct people. The entrance will again be off Principio, so you do not have to drive through the show to park. Email us with any questions. See below for parking area. Entrance is marked in red and allows you to not have to drive through the show to park.
Tickets to the Concours are $25 and can be bought ahead of time at the link below.
We will also need a couple of people to help with setup at 8:30a. If you can help setup (pop up tent, and roping off the area) please let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to take a minute and let you know that there are some updates coming to the National MBCA site. Members are requested to make sure their information is up to date so they will continue to receive information from both the national level and the Section.
Thank you for joining the Club, we hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!
- Dawn Clark - Cold Spring
- Karl Laube - Cincinnati
- Edward Long - Harrison
- Mike Manheim - Greenhills
- Pat Maundrell - Cincinnati
- Marc McNulty - Centerville
- John Meyer - Cincinnati
- Tyler O'Brien - West Chester
- Robert Ringgenberg - Cincinnati
- Mostafa Shaban - West Chester
- Walt Skunda - Waynesville
- Leslie Stewart - Springfield
Thank you to those who continue to support the club.
- Jesse Andrews - Cincinnati
- Gary Aultz - Kettering
- Earle Babcock - Cincinnati
- Charles Bleile - Erlanger
- Jacob Bucher - Oregonia
- William Carson - Portsmouth
- Julane Chaney - Yellow Springs
- Iris Childress - Bellevue
- John Collins - Cincinnati
- Jerry Cosby - Cincinnati
- Russ Cramer - Dayton
- Richard DeWert - Cincinnati
- Eric Diehl - Camp Dennison
- Tim Donahue - Cincinnati
- David Dortin - Cincinnati
- Richard Early - Kettering
- Peter Emslander - Montgomery
- Elizabeth Freed - Springfield
- Keith Freimark - Dayton
- Hernan L Fuenzalida - Oakwood
- Michael Gehrig - Cincinnati
- Brian Germ - Cincinnati
- Wayne Gilsdorf - Cincinnati
- Nick Gough - Kettering
- Jack Hahn - Cincinnati
- Rolf Hegele - Springboro
- Deanna Ionna - Independence
- Robert Juenke - Cincinnati
- Robert Kappes - Williamstown
- Robert Kluck - Erlanger
- Roy Kuhnell - Cincinnati
- Wendell Lampkin - Florence
- John Lokken - Nicholasville
- George Makris - Cincinnati
- Richard Malafa - Tipp City
- David McElwee - Dayton
- Gary McDowell - Dayton
- Judy Meno - Springboro
- Shawn Monk - Dayton
- Scott Montoney - Mason
- Leonard Mueller - Batavia
- L Mulligan - Dayton
- Geoffrey Oberhaus - Mason
- Clarence Power - Cincinnati
- James Rice - Cincinnati
- Gary Rockwell - Beavercreek
- Bill Rogers - Dayton
- Roger Rutkai - Cincinnati
- Ethen Shelton - Trenton
- Steven Sprovach - Terrace Park
- Bill Taylor - Cincinnati
- James Traylor - Huber Heights
- Gary Vermillion - Milford
- Lauren Wallace - Cincinnati
- James Williams - Villa Hills
The cardboard boat Museum
A collection of cardboard regatta boats. Only in Ohio!
By Mark Smith
On Saturday March 23rd about 25 members and guests from the club gathered at a small park near Anderson Township on Route 52 in preparation for a short drive to the “World’s only cardboard boat racing museum".
The museum (http://www.cardboardboatmuseum.com) was in a building that was right on the Ohio river in New Richmond Ohio, with a great view of Kentucky from their deck. The space was packed with boats, most were 1 or 2 person in size, and yes they were all made from cardboard and reported to float in the Ohio River!! The variety of designs was very interesting.
We also enjoyed hearing how they are constructed, and our tour guide demonstrated and discussed the construction techniques on several of their in-process projects. Check out their website above for more information and details on the August 3rd Cardboard Boat Regatta.
After the tour we walked a few blocks south into New Richmond to Front Street Cafe (https://www.frontstcafe.com/) where we enjoyed a nice lunch, also on the river with a lovely view of the Ohio River and Kentucky. It was a fun event and great to see an historic river town.
Local club members participate in Colorado
“Silver Stars and Golden Aspens” Event
Imagine the exhilaration of crisp, clean air, along with fluorescent leaf colors changing from yellow to orange! Viewed while motoring 400 miles of, at times, scary twisties and undulations of the ridgeline of the Colorado Rockies along with Mercedes club members from all over the country? Sound like fun?
This indeed appealed to Cincinnati Mercedes clubbers Bill Duning and Mike Devanney (and wives Jane and Karen pictured below). The event was Silver Stars and Golden Aspens rally held at the end of September 2018, summarized in the “Club News” section of THE STAR Jan-Feb 2019 issue. The rally featured a four day driving experience organized by the Pikes Peak region Mercedes club assisted by the Denver Mercedes section. After seeing an advertisement in the STAR magazine we signed up for the event.
Rather than burden our 2003 500 Sl’s with 4000 additional miles traveling to and from the event which began in Estes Park Colorado we rented late model Mercedes at the Denver airport to fit in with the vintage Mercedes sedans and new AMG Mercedes vehicles participating in the event.
We were joined on Silver Stars/Golden Aspens by 80 Mercedes club members from Mercedes clubs as far away as Florida, Texas and California and British Columbia- three couples were from Ohio (including us). Last year’s event was the second edition but was the largest and most successful. Organizer Judy Bennett and their “C Springs” club members treated us to a tour de force beginning in Estes Park Colorado thru Glenwood Springs, Montrose to Durango terminating in Telluride. Features visited included the highest paved road in any national park, the Black Canyon, where daylight is rare on the canyon floor, the Million Dollar Highway which climbs more than a mile along a curvy two lane mountain highway, finally arriving in the ski town of Telluride.
Each day began at prearranged hotel sites for breakfast and a briefing on the particulars of the day’s route noting points of interest and sites as well as stops for shopping and lunch. We drove each route in small or large caravans while following the route plan sheet. Dinner included club-provided appetizers at each hotel. The experience included not only the awesome vistas of the Rockies but also the culture of the smaller towns along our route.
Spring Classic Driving Tour
Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Don Birdsall
It started as a beautiful, sunny, spring day. Hundreds of cars from 26 car clubs gathered in the parking lot of the church next to Scene 75 in Beechmont.
The Cincinnati Section of the MBCA was well represented with over a dozen cars from the 1970s through showroom fresh models. We joined the masses for a buffet breakfast and a Driver’s Meeting where all the instructions and rules were explained.
At 10:30am, the Tour began as the cars from club after club were sent on their way. The MBCA and the Jaguar Club were the last to leave the starting line. We were all told to “zero” our trip odometers, so we could follow the mileage indicators on our route guide. The Tour was to take over 3 hours and more than 100 miles of beautiful Ohio backroad scenery in Clermont, Brown, and Adams Counties.
Our first stop was the Veteran’s Home just outside Ripley. It was great to see all the Veterans come out to the parking lot to see the cars assembled. Many spirited conversation were held with the Vets as they asked questions about our cars and told us stories about the cars they had owned.
After many miles weaving east, we ended up at the Amish Market in Adams County. They had everything from fresh baked pastries to hand made furniture for sale. Many of us enjoyed their goodies.
From there, we turned south, then west and headed back along the Ohio River from Aberdeen to New Richmond. About this time, early afternoon, the beautiful day turned into a “rain event”. All the convertible tops went up and the “fair weather only” cars got soiled.
By the time we reached New Richmond, it was pouring. We were guided to parking spots along the river bank road, but there were no spectators to enjoy the cars. The New Richmond Motor Show for cars, bikes, and trucks was a bust due to the weather. There were tens of Porsches lined up for the show – what a disappointment for them.
Many of us ran into local restaurants to get out of the rain and had a nice lunch before departing for home.
The Spring Classic Driving Tour was a well-planned and fun event. The organizers know what they are doing. As a Charity Event, each club designates a charity to receive their clubs contributions. The Cincinnati Section of the MBCA donated to Brigid’s Hand in Kettering, OH., an all-volunteer organization that helps drug addicted newborns
I recommend this event for our club next year – hopefully, the weather will cooperate!
Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati
By Lauren Wallace
I had the opportunity to visit with Andy Hyman, the General Manager of the Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati on Montgomery Road. Andy has held this position for about a year and moved from Charlotte, North Carolina where he managed a Porsche Dealership. He was pleased to learn about our Mercedes Club Cincinnati Chapter, as he was very involved with the Porsche Club in Charlotte.
David Peterson is the owner and the name of the corporation is Peterson Automotive Corporation, soon to be known as Mercedes-Benz of Louisville. Dealerships in the group include Mercedes- Benz West Chester and Louisville, and The Toyota Store in Sarasota, Florida. The renovation is going very well, and the location is already very impressive! The Service Department building is the next step and the completion date will be December 31, 2019.
The Service Department is headed by Brian Hackney, the son of the previous owner. The technicians are well qualified, some having worked there up to 25 years. They welcome classic models! Andy is now aware of the 10% discount to Mercedes Club Members, and I gave him a block of brochures to offer service customers and buyers.
The best- selling models are GLC SUV’s because they are sporty yet have room for car seats, kids and pets. That seems to be true industry wide.
Andy is looking forward to interacting with our club, once the renovation is complete. He is happy to host Board Meetings in the new conference room as well as other means of hospitality. For events such as new model launches, cars and coffee, receptions, etc., he will invite our club members to arrive 30 minutes early for special attention. He also would like to attend some of our events.
The Mercedes Dealership has been at the Montgomery Road location for 30 years, and it is ranked 6th out of 350 Mercedes Benz Dealerships in the nation for Customer Service! I asked Andy how he wants his company to be viewed by customers. He said “Welcoming and Friendly.”
We can look forward to working together for the future growth of our club and the continued success of Mercedes- Benz in Cincinnati!
Buying a Car Sight Unseen
By Eric Diehl
I recently purchased a used Mercedes-Benz without seeing it in person until it arrived at our house on a truck. Our section president, Mark Smith, asked me if it wasn’t a bit scary – paying for a car I hadn’t inspected for myself, and asked how it all went. After discussing it, he asked if I’d be willing to share the experience with others in the club in case they ever decided to do the same in the future, so here we go.
What was I chasing?
A few years ago, I realized I was missing something in our garage, and that was a Mercedes Gelandewagen (AKA G-Class, or G Wagon). In the world of car manufacturing, most models get only a few years of life, and for obvious reasons, new and different designs are introduced. Not so with the G Wagon. It’s been “updated,” but for the most part, its general appearance has stayed basically the same for 40 years (2019 being the most significant change yet). I was attracted to the look of this boxy vehicle and its durability. I’ve read that during market research conducted by Mercedes of repeat G buyers, the one thing they insist not change is the look of the vehicle. That’s the car for me. Not that I’m not game for trying new things now and then, but the comfort that comes with familiarity can be tough to beat in my mind.
Okay, I like the design, but how are these things to live with? I hadn’t spoken with owners of any Gs, so I sought out the advice of someone with a lot of experience with them. I ended up calling Tyler Winslow, owner of Precision Motorcars right here in Cincinnati. Not to make this an ad for Tyler and company, but he was instrumental in the purchase decision and the acquisition process. Not only does Precision have extensive experience maintaining Mercedes models of all types (including Gs), Tyler had owned a few Gs in the past. Tyler gave me a list of what to look for, and what to avoid.
I also started reading online forums, including Bring-a-Trailer, in an effort to determine which variation of G I wanted. (Bring-a-Trailer’s auctions also gave me an idea of actual sale prices, versus asking prices). Over the years, Mercedes made 2 door, 4 door, and convertible versions of this box, with powerplants ranging from 4 cylinder diesels to AMG tuned V12s. I set my sights on a V8, in silver with a grey interior.
The search starts:
Although you don’t tend to see a lot of G Wagons out and about, they’re hardly rare. I could easily find Gs in our area for sale, but because I wanted a particular color and engine combination, AND because I wanted one that was rust-free (Gs are unfortunately prone to rust), I either needed to get lucky and find one in the north that didn’t see winter driving, or locate one that spent its life thus far in a dry climate. I searched about every online auction or sales site I could find, Hemmings Motor News, The Star’s classified section, etc.
Finally, one popped up in the Salt Lake City area that appeared to fit the bill. Salt Lake, you say?! You’re surely thinking “Eric, Salt lake is in the north, and even has salt in the name you silly fool. Didn’t you say you didn’t want rust?” This example offered the engine and color combination I wanted, and as for the rust, the seller wisely noted in the ad that he had purchased it only a few months earlier, and it had spent the majority of its life in Las Vegas, a nice and dry location if ever there was one. After a quick email exchange verified that the car was still available, I started a dialogue with the seller.
Vehicle history - verified:
The internet may have its faults, but it sure is a beautiful thing for researching the history of a car. The seller, Kyle, did a great job of describing it, and explained that when he bought it, his intention was to take the already capable 4X4, and modify if for serious off-roading in the mountainous area where he lived. Shortly thereafter, he started construction on a new home, decided to shelve the modification idea for another time, and put the G on the market.
Kyle supplied the vehicle identification number. With it, a simple Google search popped up a prior ad posted by the dealer that sold it to him just a few months before. I was also able to run a Carfax, and it showed that the car spent the majority of its time in Las Vegas with one owner until it went to the dealer where Kyle bought it.
Tools to help verify condition:
- Photos: Digital images of a decent resolution sent via email can tell you a lot. Kyle supplied quite a few in his ad, and any time I inquired about a specific area of the car, he sent more. He took photos of the flaws as well as the good.
- Videos: Kyle emailed a couple of videos of the car starting and driving several miles.
- Pre-purchase inspection: I arranged a pre-purchase inspection through the Mercedes-Benz dealer located closest to Kyle. I was able to pay for it by credit card and Kyle dropped the car off for the appointment. Tyler Winslow of Precision jumped in again and analyzed the pre-purchase inspection documentation supplied by the dealer.
- I’ll take the time here to stress how important it is to feel comfortable with the seller. In this case, Kyle was more than willing to respond to my questions and requests. He’s a car enthusiast, too, and shared his experience buying a car sight unseen. Because of this, he anticipated what would be required to make my potential purchase process go as smoothly as possible.
There was no doubt I liked the car. A potential problem had popped up in the pre-purchase inspection, and a “bullseye” in the windshield decided to become a lengthy crack during the buying process. I took these into consideration and made Kyle an offer. After some time, we settled on a final price.
I believe there may be ways to transfer money and have it held by a bank in escrow, and release the funds to the seller only after documents such as the title have been processed for the sale. Because of the trust I had in the seller, with his bank’s wire transfer instructions in hand, I went to my bank, and ignoring all their warnings, transferred the money to Kyle’s bank account. All this worked out just fine -- once Kyle confirmed the money had arrived in his account, he signed the title, and sent it UPS overnight to me. He also sent me photos of the title and the tracking label before he sent them.
I initially thought I would fly to Utah and drive the G the 1,600 miles home. Remember the videos I mentioned earlier that Kyle took while driving the car? The landscape through the windshield was tremendous. I don’t get to ski often enough, so viewing that mountain range caused this frustrated skier to plot a winter adventure including a few days on the slopes and a fun drive home in a new-to-me 4X4. Kyle even said he’d even coordinate the few days of skiing. Upon hearing this, Tyler Winslow gently reminded me that it was the middle of winter, there were a few issues revealed by the pre-purchase inspection that hadn’t been addressed, and if something went wrong on my trip, it could add several days to my travel time. He then said he could arrange the transport of the G from Utah to Cincinnati. His logic, and offer to coordinate the transportation prevailed.
Because of our business, I know that transporting vehicles can cause major headaches. We’ve seen vehicles damaged (one was damaged twice in the same trip), disappear for days on end, get delivered to a location several hundred miles from its intended destination, and on and on. I’m happy to say that once our G was put on the transporter, the only hiccup was a few day delay when the driver got caught in an ice and snow storm. The car arrived with a very clean and vacuumed interior (courtesy of Kyle), and a thin layer of muck all over the exterior (courtesy of the ice storm and messy roads). Tyler asked me beforehand if I preferred enclosed transport (more costly), or if I would be comfortable with an open trailer. He said that if I opted for open, the height of the G meant it would be put on the top deck, so it wouldn’t be potentially dripped on by fluids leaking from cars above, and being on top would also mean it would be further away from the road spray. Both were spot on. When the trailer arrived it was on top, and parked in the back. Yes, it was grimy, but the cars on the bottom were covered by so much salt and dirt and that you couldn’t tell what color they were.
The title arrived a day after I transferred the money. All the other documentation and records, along with spare items, were all found in the back of the G in a storage container neatly prepared by Kyle.
The G was taken almost immediately to Tyler’s shop, where he and his crew addressed the items from the pre-purchase inspection, along with a full servicing and fluid change. I enjoy driving it, and so does my wife Karen.
Would I do this again?
Yes, I would, and I would use the same criteria… research the specific car’s history and current condition as much as possible, pull in professionals with experience, and because Kyle set the bar high for seller cooperation, I would look to build the same sort of rapport with another seller. The car was exactly as described. Kyle said his invitation to ski was a standing offer. I hope to take him up on it.
Legacy Library seeks to engage next generation into auto hobby
A new project of the Cincinnati Concours will be launched at the show this year Sunday June 9th at Ault Park. Free car literature (magazines, books, etc.) will be handed out to kids 6-16 attending the show. My husband Eric has fond members of the many issues of Hemmings Motor News he received from a co-worker of his Dad’s. Pouring over all those amazing vehicles absolutely contributed to his love for cars today.
The Legacy Library committee is seeking donations of auto magazines, books, pamphlets, etc. to pass out to the kids. This is a great opportunity to weed through your collection. They’re way too nice to throw away, but passing them on to a youngster gives them a second life! Contact Steve Smith at email@example.com if you have items to donate.
Volunteers are also needed to staff the Legacy Library booth on the day of the show. If you’d like to assist please register at http://ohioconcours.com/contact/volunteers. In the notes section of the registration please add that you are volunteering for the “Legacy Library.” Once you have registered online shoot Steve an email to coordinate your volunteer time slot.
The $200,000 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Will Be the Most Expensive Car Built in the US
The Alabama-built Mercedes-Maybach GLS will eclipse the Ohio-built Acura NSX by over $40,000 greenbacks.
BY STEF SCHRADERMARCH 18, 2019
Vance, Alabama, is about to become the birthplace of the United States' most expensive new car. Mercedes-Benz plans to build its Mercedes-Maybach GLS exclusively at its Alabama facility, reports Automotive News, and with an expected price tag of around $200,000, it will be the most expensive passenger vehicle built in America by a long shot.
Currently, the Ohio-built Acura NSX is the most expensive car built in the United States, as Motor1 points out, but the expected price tag for the new Maybachified GLS beats the NSX's price tag by about $42,500.
Mercedes' facility in Vance will also build the regular next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS and is currently undergoing a $1-billion upgrade that includes an electric battery plant, as it will start producing vehicles for the brand's electric EQ line in the early 2020s, per Automotive News. Even before the upgrades, this plant is the second-largest vehicle exporter out of the United States, with two-thirds of its output going overseas.
The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be a full-size luxury SUV in the vein of the Audi Q7-based Bentley Bentayga, as Maybach will be taking the downmarket (from this, at least) unibody GLS SUV and fancying it up. It will be powered by a V8 engine making at least 560 horsepower. It's expected to take some styling cues (though not the trunk) from the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept and debut in China later this year.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler considers this new GLS a "halo car," and said that it's part of Mercedes' plans to extend the Maybach brand to as many models as makes sense.
"We'll logically extend [Maybach] where it makes sense," Exler told Automotive News. "I cannot imagine you will have a Maybach A class. But on the top luxury cars, to have the luxury edition makes a whole lot of sense for us."
It also plays big into the luxury market's insatiable thirst for plush SUVs. Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW and Rolls-Royce all have their SUVs now, and Aston-Martin and Ferrari are expected to join the party next. The overall market for ultra-luxury SUVs is expected to grow from about 7,500 last year to over 20,000 by 2023, per AutoForecast Solutions data cited by Automotive News. Seventy-five percent of that market is the U.S. and China, so it really makes sense that Merc would build the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS in the U.S., and debut it in China.
Weekend in bourbon country
Join us June 14-16
The weekend will consists of drives in the Kentucky countryside, tours of a bourbon barrel maker Kentucky Cooperage, Maker’s Mark Bourbon distillery, Wilderness Trail distillery and Limestone Branch distillery.
We also have fun and interesting spots selected for meals. This event has been organized for flexibility to accommodate those that can’t make the entire weekend. Please join us for the entire weekend or whatever part fits your schedule.
We also have a block of hotel rooms held with a club discount in a location that is centrally located near our destinations.
NOTE: In the PDF link below you will see several tours require advanced purchase!! You will need to pre-purchase your tickets ahead of the event!! Pre-purchase is required for the following:
- Kentucky Cooperage - Friday June 14th 1:00 tour.
- Maker’s Mark - Saturday June 15th 10:30 tour
- Hotel - Mention Mercedes Club of Cincinnati to get the discounted rate
Also Please let us know by using theRSVP button below which events you will be attending, and how many people will be coming with you.
Safe drivers, Safe Families Defensive driving and autocross
July 27th at NKU
Due to the popularity of this event two years ago, we will again be conducting a Defensing Driving seminar with an autocross in the afternoon on July 27th at Northern Kentucky University. We will need participants to arrive by 8:30a for the program to start on time.
The MBCA’s Safe Drivers Safe Families event is meant to teach drivers of all ages how to control there car in simulated low speed emergency situations. If you’re not familiar with SDSF events, their focus is to help participants better understand car control and get experience with their car in a controlled environment so they can learn how to respond to emergencies on the road. Please check out the Driver’s Handbook, which is what a participant would receive on the day of the event and will give you a good idea of what the program entails.
A SDSF event spans one day and includes an hour of morning classroom instruction, the balance of the morning guiding drivers through car control exercises. An autocross is constructed, and practice and timed runs are conducted in the afternoon. The autocross allows drivers to put all the skills together that they practiced in the morning and further refine them.
This event is perfect for the young driver, and the seasoned driver. MBCA | Cincinnati encourages all members to attend and to also bring your young licensed driver to this event. It will only help everyone become a better driver in emergency situations. Please bring your daily driver for this event as this is the car you will more than likely be in if the simulated situation occurs in real life.
After the morning of defensive driving, we will convert the lot into an autocross course. The afternoon will be used to hone those skills learned in the morning by driving a laid out course through cones for time. Some people think Autocrosses are for the race enthusiast, but the real fact is, that it gets you time behind the wheel learning about your car, while trying to understand your cars limits. Another myth is that it adds additional wear on your car that is unneeded. The course that will be setup, will keep your cars speed below 40MPH, which will not add any under stress on your vehicle. This is not a track day!
An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on a surface. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. Autocross courses place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones for additional safety.
Autocross is one of the most accessible and affordable forms of motorsport, and autocross events are open to novices. Because autocross events use rubber traffic cones to define the course, and are on paved surfaces with few obstructions, the hazards and barriers to entry are low. While speeds are generally no greater than 40MPH, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering gives drivers an experience similar to that of a full road course race.
We hope you join us for this event in July, as we would love to put on another great day of safe driving!
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