The Queen City Star December 2018 Edition

In this Issue

  • President's Message
  • Event reviews
  • 2019 Previews
  • Mercedes new GLE will ROCK YOU (literally)
  • Rallye a C43? A member did just that!
  • Tech Corner

President's Message

As I write this we are heading into the November and December US holiday season. I hope that whatever celebrations you had/have planned were fun, relaxing and spent with people that are important to your happiness. As is usual with this chapter we have had a busy quarter. You will find in this issue articles about our club picnic/show and shine - it was cool and rainy but that didn’t stop many members from attending. It was nice to see the varied mix of Mercedes in the lot - even our youngest member was driving around in a Mercedes. I promise it was legal (his mother is an attorney) and safe, we have pictures to prove it LOL. You will also find articles about a visit to the British Transportation Museum and our annual Holiday dinner. Last but certainly not least, you will find a new section in our newsletter where we profile one of our local dealers. So as to not show any preference, we chose the sequence of what dealer to profile each quarter at random.

Henry Emslander showing off his new to him GLE electric car.

Also this quarter, I chaired as your new president, my first chapter board meeting. We spent the majority of that meeting planning 2019’s event list. We have a lot of fun and diverse activities on the calendar in 2019. It was nice to see more than board members attending and participating in the meeting. Everyone should feel free to attend any of our board/planning meetings. Our next meeting is in January 2019. You will find details about the next board meeting and the events we have planned later in the newsletter. Linked at the end of the newsletter is our meeting minutes from our last board meeting.

Mark W. Smith

The American sign museum

A stroll through the signs of the times

Twenty-four members of the Section visited the American Sign Museum for a tour and a history of this amazing Cincinnati gem. We were given an hour-long tour of the facility that has signs from around the US from every era. We started in the gilded era where signs were hand carved and painted, to the light bulb era, and finished with the neon and plastic sign era.

The main highlight of this place was the Main Street, where they melded all the different eras together, and provided a great space for everyone to enjoy.

The section was very excited to visit this place and everyone loved the different types of signs and lights!

The British Transportation Museum

On October 20th about 15 of us visited the British Transportation Museum located near the University of Dayton campus. They are the only dedicated British Transportation museum in the Americas! We are so lucky to have them in our region. This non-profit museum was founded in 1998. They have a growing collection of vehicles (cars and bicycles), memorabilia, a reference library and some very interesting photos and art work. We had ample time to wander the museum to look at the collection up close.

The facility was just as interesting as the collection - it is housed in what was formerly some sort of manufacturing and warehouse facility so it had a real interesting “garage” vibe that complemented the vehicles very nicely. We were fortunate to have a docent lead tour by a very knowledgeable board member of Museum who was a wealth of knowledge about the collection and history. What I found very interesting was the wide range of vehicles and condition. There were cars that had been shown in various concours throughout the country, cars that looked like they were probably daily drivers, rally cars and vehicles in various phases of restoration from not started to in process.

The museum is configured so you can see all the collection, including cars in various stages of restoration/maintenance. Most museums I have visited are pristine showplaces, with roped off cars, polished floors and pristine painted walls - I was so pleased to see that this museum took a more “raw” approach to the presentation of its collection. The venue and collection both nicely complemented each other and made the experience very relaxed and inviting.

I consider myself a car enthusiast - I bet we all do in this club!, but I was shocked at the cars on display and in the workshop that I never knew existed. I suspect that many in attendance had a similar experience.

After the visit to the British Transportation Museum we all caravanned a few miles over to Carillon Park for lunch at their restaurant the Carillon Brewing Company. Check out the link to our pictures and see if you are surprised by what you see and if anything has you wondering what in the world you are viewing. If you want more information on the museum check out their website at www.BritishTransportationMuseum.org.

"Eating My Way Out” a horse tale

I am always fascinated by the things that I learn about people as I get to know them better. Elsewhere in this newsletter you have read or will read about the club’s visit to the British Transportation Museum. While at lunch during that event I was chatting with chapter members Merrill and Ann Asher about various topics.. Because I am very interested in world traveling, we usually talk about some of the amazing international trips they have taken over the past few years. Somehow we got on the topic of an award that Merrill had just won for some photography he showed at the Piqua Arts Council in Piqua Ohio at its annual Fine Arts Exhibition earlier this year. This exhibit is limited to 90 artists. He won an honorable mention for the photography he submitted. What I found really interesting, in addition to learning he likes photography, was that the piece he exhibited was photography he took on our chapter’s trip to Lexington to visit Keeneland and various horse parks over the weekend. For those of you that attended, you will remember what was one of my favorite stops, a wonderful farm dedicated to retired racehorses called Old Friends Farm. Merrill’s photos are of a horse that likes to as he titled the piece, “eat his way out” of the fenced area (see the photos and you will get the reference). You just never know what twists and turns life will take. Who would have thought that attending a club event would result in an artistic award! Congratulations Merrill.

Show and shine

September 22, 2018

On a dreary Saturday in Cincinnati, 28 Members gathered in Sharon Woods Park and showed off their cars. Through the drizzle, members voted on Fan Favorite and Most Unique.

The members also had a wonderful catered lunch from the Park.

It was safe to say the Members didn't mind the weather as catching up with each other was way more important.

Despite the rain, we had a fantastic time!

Holiday Party

On December 2nd, the Section gathered for it's annual Holiday Party. Forty members, including Rick and Patti Seifert (Regional Director) and a couple from the Indy 500 section, gathered at BLU for a dinner feast fit for all the Whos down in Whoville!

After some much needed catching up with fellow members and friends, Mark Smith, new Section President addressed the membership to let them know what a great year we had.

Dinner was served, tasted delicious and the conversation was sparkling!

After dinner, Mark started the awards part of the program. He started with a recap of the 2018 year, and a preview of the Section's need for 2019. The section was also even able to recruit our new Membership Chair, Debra Wright.

Mark then passed the baton to Don Birdsall, who previewed our 2019 event calendar month by month. We have a fantastic schedule of events planned. See below for all the planned events at the end of the newsletter.

Mark then started into the awards for the Section for the 2018 year. Don Birsdall won Member of the Year. This well deserved award, is given to one member of the Section that exemplifies what it means to embrace the Cincinnati Section mantra of inclusion, participation, and friendship. Don hands down has embraced being a MBCA member, and for 2019 has stepped up to coordinate all of our events as Section Event Coordinator.

Mark then recognized Peter Emslander, immediate past President, with an award bestowed on him by the Cincinnati Section board. This President Emeritus award is well deserved as Peter has brought this Section to what it is today, and continues to push forward with the website, newsletter, and social media. This was also a very well deserved award, for an accomplished member of our Section.

But that wasn't all, Rick Siefert, Central Region Director, was in attendance, and he presented David Hagood with Officer of the Year. This award is bestowed to the best Officer in the Central Region. David has consistently been traveling to other sections, planning events, taking the lead on major projects, and provided valuable insight to the board over the last 5 years. David has been the Sections beacon keeping us focused, going in the right direction, and ensuring we can see the future. This is a well deserved award for David, and I for one hope he knows how well deserved this was.

All in all, we had a fantastic time, and are already planning the 2019 Holiday Party!

From Left: Peter Emslander (President Emeritus Award), Mark Smith (Section President), Rick Siefert (Regional Director), David Hagood (Officer of the Year), Don Birdsall (Member of the Year)


Bob Ross Auto Group

In 1962, (Bob) Robert P. Ross, Sr. entered the automotive industry as a car salesman and thus his dream of owning and operating an Automobile Dealership

came true. In 1974 he was able to purchase Vivian Buick from the person he worked for in High School in his home town of Richmond, IN. In 1979 Bob purchased Davis Buick & Mercedes-Benz in Centerville, Ohio. In 1997 Bob’s wife Norma J. Ross assumed command of the dealership after Bob’s untimely death.

Bob Ross Auto Group has been serving the community for close to 45 years. Their award-winning, family-owned dealership makes it a No. 1 priority to satisfy their customers.

The Bob Ross Auto Group sits on 9 acres of land with 3 buildings. In 1986 the organization built an exclusive Mercedes-Benz Dealership to accommodate the growing needs of their clients. Since that time there has been a complete renovation of Mercedes-Benz of Centerville in 2012 and a face lift completed in 2018.

Bob Ross Auto Group is invested in their community, supporting the people that have supported them. The Ross Family supports many local events, schools, cultural arts, non-profit organizations and charities.

Bob Ross Auto Group has a wide variety of vehicles from many top manufacturers carrying all of the top models from Buick, GMC, and Mercedes-Benz. In addition to the new vehicles they offer, they also have impressive selections of certified pre-owned vehicles that are ideal for budget-minded shoppers. After you take home your vehicle, return to Bob Ross Auto Group for all of your service needs. The wide variety of vehicles they sell means they have to be on their toes, ready for any service challenge that comes through their doors. They keep their parts departments well-stocked with an impressive selection of components. Their Mission Statement is: “Our mission is to pair the right person with the right car and to exceed expectations in customer service.”

Take a look around the Bob Ross Auto Group website to learn more about everything they have to offer their customers. Interested car shoppers can view their new and used inventories, as well as schedule a test drive or service appointment. Visitors can also order parts, apply for financing and find out how to get in contact with their team.

Each Newsletter we will feature a local dealership in our region, look for our next write up in March 2019

Autocrossing a c43

Jacob Bucher

My name is Jacob Bucher about 6 months ago I purchased a 2017 C43 AMG Coupe. I had always liked Mercedes and growing up around my uncle who is an avid collector of vintage Mercedes when I saw my opportunity to buy one I jumped on it. About 3 days after purchasing my car I was a member of the Mercedes Club Cincinnati section. I had heard about the amazing experiences and the great community of people in the Mercedes club so I knew I wanted to join right away.

When I saw my C43 for the first time I instantly fell in love with it. I was up all night researching and I went the very next day to the dealership that was selling it to look it over and eventually purchase it. It is a 2017 C43 AMG Coupe in obsidian black. It has a 3.0L twin turbocharged V6 engine with 362HP. It has the P2 package, the leather upgrade and the upgraded AMG exhaust. I have always been drawn to sportier performance cars so when I read about the C43 AMG I was very impressed with the specs. Even when I drove the car for the first time I knew it was something special. It handled perfectly, had amazing power and could stop on a dime.

I have always had a passion for racing and have been going to autocross events as a spectator for years. I loved the personal aspect of autocross. The drivers were everyday people who loved talking about their cars and loved sharing racing tips. It was a great community of people who looked out for each other and wanted everyone to be as fast. Most drivers if you ask would let you ride with them during their runs and if someone was having an issue the veterans of autocross would step in and help them out any way they could. Autocross is really about the cars and the love of racing. It is a very technical type of racing more about turning and control not big horsepower and top speeds.

After driving my C43 around for a few months it finally dawned on me that I can autocross with it. I was worried because it is quite a heavy car for racing but I thought I would try it anyway. The worse thing that could happen is I hit a few soft cones and bruise my ego but I knew it would still be a great time. I have several friends that race autocross so I called them up and they helped me get signed up for the next local event which was held in the parking lot of Traders World in Lebanon Ohio. I showed up early in the morning and went through the tech inspections, driver’s meetings and track walks. There were three different groups running that day. I was in the second group so I had an opportunity to ride along with a driver and really observe before I ran my car. When it was my opportunity to race I was so nervous. I was going to take the first lap slow and get the feel for the track. The moment I got the green flag and stepped on the gas my plans were out the window. I was so amazed how fast the car took off and how well the car handled through the first turns. I kept my foot on the gas as much as possible braked hard and tried to go as fast as I could. I was able to make it through my first run without spinning out or hitting any cones. I was in absolute awe of the experience. It felt as if it had only been a few seconds even though it was closer to a full minute. As I pulled up to the timing booth where they give you a slip with your lap time I hear Mercedes DNF which means the lap was disqualified. I parked back in the staging lanes and as I was getting out one of the autocross workers came over and explained what I did wrong. In all of my excitement I completely missed the chicane and drove straight instead of weaving in between the cones. As I was talking about my errors one of the pro level drivers came up and said he wanted to ride with me and teach me how to race my car. He worked with me for my next 3 runs and I did the last 2 on my own. We took it slow at first he taught me how to properly brake and enter a corner for a car as heavy as mine. With his help by the end of the day I was able to shave 5 seconds off of my lap time and not hit a single cone. I had such an amazing experience and a new respect for my car and its abilities. Unfortunately, the autocross season was winding down when I raced but I plan on running many more times in 2019.

Because I had only had my car for a short while when I decided to autocross it I still hadn’t figured out all of the options and features that came along with the car. When I got to the section of my owner’s manual about the cars different modes and dynamic select my heart sank. It immediately dawned on me that I had completely forgot to put my car in sport+ mode while racing. I have this amazingly quick car and I am racing it in comfort mode. I could only think how much faster it would have been in sport+ mode. This also made me love the car even more. If I was able to learn how the car handles and shave 5 seconds off a lap in comfort mode, I can only imagine how well it will do in sport+ mode. All in all, it was an amazing experience and an incredible car and I look forward to racing in the 2019 season.

the 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE will rock you!

Here’s How the Mercedes-Benz E-Active Suspension Works

November 21, 2018 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

When the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover reaches dealerships in spring 2019 it will launch an innovative new feature for the luxury automaker: an intelligent suspension package called E-Active Body Control.

E-Active Body Control links with the GLE’s air suspension system to individually control the springs and dampers at each wheel. The system provides a smooth ride with a wide variety of additional features—and even a few tricks.

Here is how E-Active Body Control works and what benefits it brings to the table:

What is E-Active Body Control?

E-Active Body Control is an active suspension system that controls the vehicle’s air suspension. It adjusts the suspension at each wheel individually to enhance ride quality. An internal control unit acts as the system’s “brain,” reading the road to send commands to each wheel based on road conditions and driving style. E-Active is the first suspension that can control the spring and damping forces at each wheel, according to Mercedes.

What is powering E-Active Body Control?

The 2020 GLE has a 48-volt, mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid debuted on the Mercedes CLS four-door coupe and will be included on future SUV models. One of the system’s functions is to provide power to E-Active Body Control. Hydraulic lines connect the 48-volt system to the dampers, allowing them to increase or decrease pressure and raise or lower the vehicle on command. This prevents the GLE’s traditional 12-volt battery from shouldering the load and becoming overworked.

How does E-Active Body Control drive?

On the road, E-Active is immediately noticeable. The dampers are constantly working to smooth imperfections in the road. The driver can feel the system reacts to each steering input, adjusting each corner of the vehicle as it rides along. Its motions are sometimes unexpected and can feel excessive, but the result is positive overall. Passengers will feel a ride that is simply smooth.

E-Active adjusts depending on the drive mode, with settings that range from the softer Eco and Comfort to the stiffer Sport and Sport Plus. There is also Curve, which tilts the GLE into a corner the way a motorcycle leans into turns. More than a gimmick, Curve works – the sensation can be surprising and exhilarating even after miles of use. But it’s only for the twisties. On straight roads it delivers unnecessary jiggle at the slightest dip.

How does E-Active Body Control affect off-roading?

There is also an off-road drive setting. It lifts the GLE into the air to increase ground clearance and makes the vehicle capable of fording rivers nearly 2 feet deep. Off-Road also unlocks an eye-catching behavior called free-driving mode.

In case the GLE is stuck in sand or mud, free-driving mode compresses and releases the dampers so the suspension bounces until the vehicle can regain traction and escape. Mercedes showed a clip of free-driving mode working in deep sand, but no such traps arose in two days of test driving. Instead, free-driving mode was used for laughs and social media posts. Trucks.com recommends keeping a recovery system, such as Maxtrax sand ladders, handy if you plan to encounter deep sand or mud.

Will E-Active Body Control be reliable?

Air suspensions are notoriously troublesome when it comes to reliability. And the E-Active Body Control system – its myriad pumps, hydraulic lines, ECUs and the 48-volt battery – present many opportunities for something to go wrong. Mercedes says it has tested extensively to ensure quality control. Prototype vehicles conducted 1.5 million kilometers, or nearly 1 million miles, of testing E-Active in different locations around the world without any equipment failures, said Andreas Zygan, chief engineer for Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

2019 event previews

Board Meeting

January 5th at 10am Mercedes Benz of Centerville

Join us for our first board meeting of 2019. We will go over events, finances, membership, and more! Attending is a great way to get involved, and make sure your voice is heard! We hope to see you there!

Directions to Mercedes Benz of Centerville

Tour of Zakira's Garage

Janurary 26th, 2019 at 10AM

Join us for a private club tour of Zakira's garage in Fairfax, Ohio. We will arrive at 10AM for the Tour and will provide light snacks and refreshments. RSVP below!

Tech Corner

Mercedes-Benz announced plans Wednesday to improve the range and capability of its plug-in hybrids and to bring the flexible powertrain to more models.

It also introduced a new brand name to designate its plug-in hybrid models: EQ Power. The EQ Power designation will appear alongside the company's new EQ line of all-electric cars in Mercedes showrooms.

Mercedes's past plug-in hybrid systems have been criticized for offering very little electric range. The current Mercedes-Benz C350e is rated for 9 miles of electric range by the EPA.

The company will introduce the new third-generation of its plug-in hybrid system on its flagship S-Class luxury sedan in a model designated the S560e.

Mercedes says the car will have 25 miles of electric range from a 13.5-kwh battery that fits in the same space as the 6.2-kwh battery in its previous plug-ins.

The key to the new system, Mercedes says, is a new 9-speed automatic transmission integrated with a single, 120-horsepower electric motor which can power the car up to 80 mph. above that, a 3.0-liter gas V-6 in the S560e kicks in to deliver a top speed of 155 mph.

The new system will offer a 7.4-kw on-board charger that can recharge the car in 90 minutes.

The hybrid system will interact with navigation, including topography, to maximize electric driving, and haptic feedback in the accelerator will let drivers know when they've reached the limit of electric power and when they should lift off the accelerator to coast or allow the gas engine to shut off. Powertrain coaching will also appear visually in the S-Class's head-up display.

Four modes will be available: the default Hybrid mode, E-Mode for all-electric driving, E-Save to preserve battery charge, and Charge to recharge the battery using the gas engine while driving.

Mercedes says it will expand the new third-generation plug-in hybrid system across other models in its lineup, including the small C-class sedan and the company's mainstay E-Class.

In smaller cars, the plug-in hybrid system may be paired with a smaller 4-cylinder gas engine, and Mercedes says in some markets it will include a 4-cylinder diesel.

The company did not release fuel economy estimates.

The S560e goes on sale in Europe October 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. in summer 2019.

“Future meets Classic”: Next generation of genuine Mercedes-Benz replacement parts from the 3D printer

Mercedes-Benz is continuously expanding its range of genuine replacement parts from the 3D printer. The brand has already been offering replacement commercial vehicle parts since 2016, which are manufactured using additive production. Now further replacement parts have passed the strict quality assurance at Mercedes-Benz with distinction and are coming onto the market.

The inside mirror base for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé (W 198 model series), the spark plug holder from the tool kit of this iconic sports car as well as the sliding sunroof rollers for the W 110, W 111, W 112 and W 123 model series: these are important replacement parts for faithfully maintaining this classic of the brand with the star. They are once again available in genuine quality. Mercedes-Benz Classic has them newly produced in a 3D print. The process is particularly well-suited to smaller quantities and if the genuine tools are no longer available, for example. This allows gaps in the replacement part supply of classic vehicles to be closed.

• The printed inside mirror base of the 300 SL Coupé (198 model series, replacement part number A40 198 811 00 25) can now be obtained from the service partner via the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Like the original, it is made from an aluminium alloy and subsequently receives high-quality surface chrome-plating. In comparison to the original, the new production includes a functional change: compared to the earlier original, the base is 42.5 millimetres longer and now measures 107.5 millimetres. This means the inside mirror sits a little higher and, in terms of road safety, offers an optimised view to the rear.

• The spark plug holder (replacement part number A198 580 00 65) was part of the standard tool kit of the 300 SL Coupé and Roadster, yet is suitable for several spark plugs with a spanner gap of 21 millimetres. The spark plug holder is also now available from the service partner via the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Particularly on a hot crankcase, it serves to position the spark plug before it is tightened with a spark plug wrench and the right torque. The spark plug holder made from robust thermoplastic polyamide 12 (PA12) includes a modification that the 3D print makes possible: instead of using a female connector, the spark plug is now securely held in place by a magnet. This means the holder can now be universally used for all spark plug types with and without SAE terminal nuts.

• The sliding sunroof rollers for the W 110, W 111, W 112 and W 123 model series (replacement part number A110 782 00 30) are an example of a component part with a concealed attachment, which ensures flawless function: the rollers are on the left and right of the sliding sunroof and are guided by metal rails. With the new production from the 3D printer, the sliding sunroof of the classic now slides like it did on the very first day. It is also made from robust polyamide 12 (PA12) and, from the end of 2018, can be obtained from every service partner via the central warehouse in Germersheim.

Daimler has almost 30 years of experience in 3D printing, for example, in the production of prototype components. This is the basis for targeted series use of the process beyond the sector. The high quality and impression of the corresponding components is ultimately based on Daimler Group Research in Ulm. This has been intensively dealing with 3D printing for series parts for many years. Innovative materials, new processes and equipment technology, digitisation and an optimised and secure process chain are the focus here.

The intensive cooperation between Mercedes-Benz Classic and Group Research in 3D printing allows for continuous expansion of the corresponding replacement part range. The technically feasible spectrum extends from engine components to plastic seals and small rubber parts. Together, even very sophisticated and complex component parts, e.g. an instrument housing, are tested. The individual parts of the instrument housing are to be manufactured with the corresponding optimum production process. 3D printing especially shows its advantages when conventional processes for small quantities reach their technical or economic limits.

All printed replacement parts fulfil the high quality criteria of the Mercedes-Benz brand and correspond to the original genuine part in all its properties. This makes it possible for state-of-the-art, digital production technology to contribute to maintaining brand classics according to original specifications: “ Future meets Classic”.

Due to the way layers of material are added to a part, 3D printing is also called additive production. Generally, the “powder bed” process is used, which, by means of one or more laser beams, creates the desired component geometry by sintering or smelting. In this process, various materials can be processed, such as metals or plastics. In the case of older parts, for which there are only two-dimensional drawings available, a three-dimensional dataset first has to be created. The 3D printer can then be directly controlled with this data.

2019 Events

January 26th - Zakira’s garage

Saturday February 16- Bowling and Billiards

March: Dine and Drive to New Richmond and Cardboard Boat Museum Tour

April: Airstream Visit

May: Mid Ohio Race Track (IMSA Races)

June: Bourbon Trail

July: Defensive Driving Event

August: Indianapolis Vintage Racing

September: Lane Motor Museum, Nashville, TN

October: Central Region outing at French Lick, October 12 & 13th; Road Rally; Show & Shine

November: Tech Session

December: Holiday Party

Board meeting Minutes

Link to the Last board meeting minutes

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