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Blue skies, warm weather and full fall colors greeted the over 50 section members and prospects for the first Fall TechSession, Tour & Country BBQ.

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The event started at the new Silver Star in Brampton, just outside of Toronto. This dealership, part of the Eltes Group is the newest and one of the largest in the Toronto area to service the growing population in the northwestern part of the GTA.
DSC09292Through the co-operation and enthusiasm of Ian Cass and Stephen Wilke, Sales Consultants, the dealership held a technical briefing that provided a behind the scenes look of this new location that handles anything from tiny Smart cars to large Sprinter vans. Of special interest was the presentation by Patrick Fletch, Service Director on the work involved to get a used Mercedes-Benz Star Certified as well as the steps necessary in prepping a new car before delivery to the customer. He also had some noteworthy servicing tips to keep your used car in top condition. Of particular relevance to some members was the ability of the technicians to service some of the older classics. As non-members were able to attend the event it gave seasoned Section members the opportunity to outline the benefits of joining the MBCA through the MEL program that encourages new membership through a 6 month sponsored trial offer.

DSC07686When the TechSession finished, M-B Brampton provided a wonderful catered lunch of gourmet sandwiches before the participants commenced the Fall Tour. First intended as a group outing, due to the large number of cars, the organizers converted to a self-guided tour. Following the detailed route description provided, 30 cars zig-zagged their way through the scenic Caledon Hills to enjoy the fall colors and foliage. It was a perfect day for a leisurely drive along country roads flanked by red and golden maple trees or just sitting by the clear waters of the Credit River in the warm sun. Some members with local knowledge also found time to revisit their favorite spots for many photo opportunities.

After about two hours the tour ended and at 3 o’clock it was the time to gather at the rural home of Gillian & Harald von Langsdorff, Toronto Section President. Here, the BBQ crew was already busy preparing the steak, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and great salads; something for everyone.

DSC07796People were able to mingle and to view & discuss the cars that attended ranging from a new AMG sedans, coupes and convertible including a SLS Gullwing to a variety of various coupes, sedans and Pagodas of the 1960’s.

Afterwards, we had deserts and coffee. There were enough packaged so all participant were able to take home some sweet treats for the coming Thanksgiving weekend.
The event finished with a prize draw just when the sun was ready to set. Doug Rowan, the recent grand prize winner of the last MBCA Spring raffle struck gold again by winning the Mercedes-Benz jacket followed by Amanda Geist and Richard Calingasan for a Mercedes-Benz sweater. The prizes were donated by M-B Brampton.

Many thanks for the generosity of Silver Star M-B Brampton and its staff, all the help from Doug, Peter, John, Paul and the von Langsdorff’s Harald, Gill & Tanisha for their hard work in making this a very special launch event into the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

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2015 Spring Rafe
How often do you get the chance to award such a fabulous prize like a 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S?

The Toronto Section had the great privilege to announce the 2015 Grand Prize Raffle winner, our own section member Doug Rowan.

Congratulations!

One can only imagine what it would feel like to receive a call like this, unless of course you’re Doug.

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Doug is a long time section member and enjoys driving his daily Diesel. We just recently met to discuss his plans to purchase a new E-250 BlueTEC.

We look forward seeing him at one of our upcoming events.


The Royal Ambassador proved to be a great venue and will again host our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Year End Dinner. On Saturday, November 21, we invite all members, their families and guests to join us for a very delicious 4 course dinner in an upscale atmosphere. This year we will be back in the refitted “Fireplace Room”.
  • 4:00 PM – AGM (free for members) review of 2015, plans for 2016, election of Officers
  • 5:30 PM – Reception
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner
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During the dinner we will entertain you with great videos and pictures from our 2015 events incl. our TechSession,  European Delivery, Stars of the Autobahn @ Chudleigh’s, Driving Schools and other informative and enjoyable clips from our Mercedes-Benz video archives. There will again be an impressive selection of unique door prizes and lottery items from our sponsors.
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The cost for the outstanding dinner including select red and white wine remains $65/person for MBCA members, their family and friends. A cash bar is also available.
Click here to register for the AGM and Dinner and to select your meal (link active soon)
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Annual General Meeting and Dinner.

Our European delivery did not come to a conclusion with the pickup of our car in Germany. In fact, you could argue that it was just the beginning. While most deliveries would be a onetime trip including a 2-3 week tour around Europe, we however knew we would return to Germany just a few months later for a business trip. So, after an initial 1000km break-in period and quick love affair, we left the car in storage with a friend in Germany (BTW, European residents are not legally allowed to drive the car for instance and tax reasons) and eagerly anticipated our return in August.

When we returned, the car I was ready to tango. With the official break in period behind us I could finally stretch the GLA’s legs on tour to Dresden for my Conference.

An Autobahn network to and from the former East Germany was virtually nonexistent until the reunification. However, a huge building program was initiated in the 90s to remedy this and today the best built Autobahns in Germany are pointing East/West. Combined with relative sparse traffic allows high speed runs of many km at the rev limiter or in my case the Mercedes-Benz imposed 250km/h. You see, German manufacturers adhere to the unofficial gentlemen’s agreement to limit their cars to 250km/h but this limit can be increased or even completely eliminated by a dealer installed software upgrade. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to schedule such upgrade (yet).

So I did the 400km to Dresden in a leisurely 2¾h including a stop for gas.

While Dresden is an extremely interesting town in and of itself, you can read about its rich history, architectural and cultural highlights elsewhere and I will limit my description to the driving aspects of our trip. So after a week of conferencing, we briefly returned to the Black Forest only to continue on through Switzerland, Italy and France to finally drop off the car for shipment out of Nice on the French Riviera. I had chosen the tour based on two sometimes hard to combine propositions: keeping my wife happy and comfortable and finding the curviest and most challenging roads to cross the Alps.

Here is what I came up with:

  • Drive from Rastatt to Zurich in about 3 ½ hours with the promise of a great dinner at Lake Zurich.
  • Spend the next day sightseeing.
  • Then continue south and cover 6 major Alpine passes in 10 hours.
    • Gotthard Pass
    • Susten Pass
    • Grimsel Pass
    • Furka Pass
    • Tremola Pass
    • Nufenen Pass
  • Driven in the right order these form an almost perfect figure 8, right in the heart of Switzerland. All of the passes are closed during fall – spring. We barely got past the snow line. Traffic was rather spares as is was off season and no police was present. Driving was relaxed and fluent. Around every corner you could see and feel the majesty but also solitude of this mountain region. It must have been not easy to live here over the past centuries. Not everything was Heidi folklore.
  • Continue through and past Chamonix we stopped along the route at nightfall for a quaint little hotel in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in the French Alps. Being so high in the mountains and passing numerous milk farms along the way, we were ready for a cheese fondue which we were guaranteed would be much better than the lesser Swizz version. Well, we leave the final verdict open but the dinner certainly was memorable.

The next day, we had a rather early start and entered the fairly unknown (I hope it will stay this way) Route des Grandes Alpes. This is not one single road but a string interconnected, often very narrow Alpine paths starting at Lake Geneva and ending at Nice in the French Riviera. If you ever want to test your car, your driving skills, your forearms and the patience of your co-driver this is the route to take. Needless to say the visuals were spectacular.

Unfortunately, we did not have time to drive the Route des Grandes Alpes all the way to Nice and finished with a quick shortcut through Italy. At 6PM sharp we arrived at our meeting point, Monaco. Here, we united up with my cousin Daniel who is a Neurosurgeon at a local hospital.

Nice is only 15 min away, so he and his kids came by train. Public transport is the preferred choice for locals which we soon learned.

What can I say about Monaco? Well, it is 3.3 km wide and 1 km deep. That is less than the distance from Ontario Place to Young St. and King St. to Lakeshore. Now double the number of high-rises and cars and shrink all roads to half the size with the same amount of people and vehicles. So now we’ve been there, done that and had a great glass of Champagne at the Café Americaine in the Hotel De Paris next to the beautiful Casino.

The next few days we spent in Nice and the gorgeous French Riviera aka Cote d’Azur. We had a memorable drive all the way to St. Tropez, passing Cap Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cannes and Antibes. Again, historic and cultural highlights are well described elsewhere (Rick Steves’ travel shows come to mind). Driving wise, however let me tell you, in the tiny streets and alleys, Mercedes’ smallest SUV often still felt like a monster truck. Except it did not get any respect from the suicidal scooter, Vespa, Renault and Fiat drivers. Luckily, at stop signs and winding sections of the Route Grand Corniche I could stretch the AMG’s legs and loose those pesky critters – at least until the next stoplight.

Eventually, our European tour came to an end with the drop-off at the shipping company. To the entertainment of my wife, I gave our GLA 45 AMG a final hot pressure wash to jettison the exoskeleton remains that had collected on the front fascia during our 3000km trip. Then we drove to the drop-off station close to the airport.

Well, what Mercedes gained in esteem during the initial pick-up in Stuttgart and Rastatt they almost lost during the drop-off. The location was a tiny, container office next to the airport, with some unmotivated, untrained, uncaring employees. The whole ordeal took us over 1 ½ hours and cost an unexpected $1000 administration fee. Interestingly, a BMW driver also dropped off his vehicle and was in and out in 10 min., free of charge (apparently the place handles all European exports for German manufacturers). The only comment I received was ‘Mercedes is different and always takes longer’. Mercedes-Benz Germany may want to look into streamlining the drop-off a bit, at least at their Nice location.

Nevertheless, those last 90min really are not that important and I consider the whole European Delivery Program a wonderful experience. So good in fact that we already consider our next purchase to be again picked up in Stuttgart.

In the final Part 5 of this series, I will report on the delivery experience of my GLA45 AMG once it reaches Canada.

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After a one year hiatus, the Toronto Section will again be part of the Canadian Historic Grand Prix activities. On Sunday, June 21, we will hold our STARS OF THE AUTOBAHN alongside the Field of Dreams car show @ Mosport racetrack centerfield.
In addition to the car show, the MBCA Toronto Section has partnered with the CHGP organizers to bring you an exciting selection of additional events you can participate in.

  • Spectate various historic races all day with original race cars from the 50s to the 90s – see http://www.canadianhistoricgrandprix.com/ for more details
  • Stars of the Autobahn Mercedes-Benz & Field of Dreams All-Makes Car Show Mosport centerfield, corner 8 – FREE ENTRY to the show – requires grounds admission $20.00/car – dedicated Mercedes-Benz section
  • Grounds open Sunday, 9:00 AM – arrive early. Judging this year will be by Popular Vote only
  • Star Parade – Open to Stars of the Autobahn participants – $10.00/car
  • Touring/Lapping Sessions – Brisk, but controlled lapping will provide a “Seat-of-the Pants” driving experience of the twists and turns of Mosport’s undulating tarmac. Each session is 3 laps on the track, preceded by a short “chalk talk” delivered by veteran drivers that know every inch of the course. One passenger is allowed. Register onsite Sunday, noon. 2 available sessions  $40 each

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2015 Canadian Historic Grand Prix

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) is gearing up for what promises to be the biggest, most exciting and best-attended event in its history. The Canadian Historic Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious events on the Vintage and Historic Racing Calendar in North America and it is the largest and most popular event of its kind in Canada and counted as a “Major Spectator Event” at Mosport since 1999.

Racers from across Canada and the United States will descend on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park just north of Bowmanville, Ontario with their Formula Fords, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Porsches, Alfa Romeos, Lotus, Minis, Corvettes and more to challenge the world famous Mosport Grand Prix Circuit. Mosport is one of only three true historic Grand Prix tracks in North America along with Le Circuit Mont Tremblant in Quebec and Watkins Glen in upstate New York. Mosport is an awesome, technically demanding, fast 2.459 mile track with challenging corners and impressive elevation changes. It is the current and former host to world-class racing such as ALMS, the NASCAR Truck Series and the Formula One Grand Prix of Canada, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000. Moreover, it is a place for cars, drivers and race fans to come home to.

Open-Wheel Formula Ford Racers will be the “Featured Marque” for 2015 and will compete for the Oliver Clubine Trophy in honour of Ollie Clubine, a champion and pioneer of Canadian Road Racing.


Mercedes-Benz Canada and the MBCA Toronto-Section invite you to the 2015 Spring TechSession.
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M-B Canada will update us in detail about the latest developments in Mercedes-Benz Technology and Safety.
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Also discussed will be the new models and their advanced features. Some hands-on learning is included and snacks are provided.

Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Location: Mercedes-Benz Logistic Centre and Training Academy 7380 Bren Road, Unit 2 Mississauga, Ontario L4T 1H4 

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Technical Presentations
  • Break with Complimentary Coffee, Pretzels & Strudel
  • Video Presentations

Saturday May 24 is our 3rd annual SAFE DRIVER – SAFE FAMILY driver training. A full day to learn safe driving techniques and evasive maneuvers for young and old alike including a fun autocross. All in a safe and controlled environment.

Separate courses for young drivers and the more mature crowed. To learn, practice and refresh your skills.
This is great for everyone in the family, alone or with friends.
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Registration will open soon. Watch for Early Bird discounts.

Over the course of 2014 Peter Spitzer was (and is) tirelessly active in promoting the Toronto Section. He not only initiated but also participated in various driving activities. From our Safe Drivers – Safe Families educational event, our Spring drive to Perry Sound to the Advanced Driving School in conjunction with BMW Trillium Chapter. He maintains a lively contact with other MB fan groups in the GTA as well as various German brand clubs.

He also took it on himself to spearhead the membership drive at the national level as the MEL – Membership Expansion Leader. This pushes our Toronto Section into the spotlight for 2015 as the chosen section to initiate this new nationwide MBCA membership drive.

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Besides all these activities, Peter still made time to thoroughly update our website and foster our social media presence on Facebook. Together with President Harald von Langsdorff he re-launched our recently awarded e-newsletter STARlite.

Congratulations Peter. We are happy to have you as a member and on our Board of Directors.


Over 50 participants enjoyed the great food, great pictures and video of the past year activities and most of all each other’s company.
Starting the event was the Annual General Meeting in the afternoon. President Harald von Langsdorff reviewed the past years activities and laid out the club’s road map for 2015.
Treasurer Doug Dees gave his finical report that indicated that the club has returned to a health balanced books.
It was also determined that beginning 2015 the election of the Board Members will be switched to a online voting system to give all Section members an easy means to participate.

After the club business matters were settled we turned our attention to the social part of the evening starting with reception. New for this year was a Silent Auction. This was generously stacked by beautiful items from Exclusive Jewelry Sales, Oakridge. A2Z automobiles, MB-Durham and MB Downtown. German Motors Imports and proved to be a huge success.

During dinner our guests saw a picture and video review presented by President Harald von Langsdorff that reminded us of the numerous fun, educating and entertaining moments the members had over the course of the year. He also presented a graphic outline of the upcoming club events.

Ernie Fancy, MBCA Regional Director traveled in from New York to present us with Member of the Year and Best E-Newsletter Awards. He also promoted the next STARTECH in Cincinnati, June 12-14

http://www.mbca.org/event-notice/2015-06-12/startech-2015

We want to thank all participants, guest, helpers and sponsors for making our 2014 Year End Dinner and Party a wonderful rich event.


This is a nationwide competition amongst all MBCA Sections. We thank the National Board of Director for the recognition.

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Here an overview of our efforts and reasoning.

  • Over the past couple years we have invested to develop and adopt a communication platform with a uniform look and feel across the media to improve brand recognition, simplify the ability to replicate messages and to make it user friendly.
  • Our STARlite newsletter is composed as a structured email using ConstantContact and is sent to a set of actively maintained member lists including that comprises not only our Section members but also sponsors MB-Canada staff MBCA national Business office and various subgroups and neighboring Sections
  • The layout has been recently updated to reflect the current trend in email communication to be more graphic driven. The audience sees a quick graphic representation of our past and upcoming events. This enticed them to click a picture to read the full article rather than have to read the email newsletter in its entirety.
  • All full articles are at the same time hosted on our website in the News section. This also saves the editor to have to recreate content for the numerous different medias a Section typically utilizes (website, newsletter, Facebook, national website).
  • Sending the user to the website to allow for a more rich and multimedia experience i.e. the newsletter can contain video.
  • We can measure on the ConstantContact site on the read rate and the click through rate on articles to gain some insight on interests.

We thank Webmaster Peter Spitzer and Section President Harald von Langsdorff and for the design, implementation and editing of our STARlite e-newsletter.


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The Royal Ambassador proved to be a great venue and will again host our AGM and Year End Dinner. We invite all members, their families and guests to join us for  a very delicious 4 course dinner in an upscale atmosphere.
  • 4:00 PM –  Annual General Meeting (free for members) Review of 2014, plans for 2015 including election of Officers
  • 5:30 PM – Reception
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner
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During the dinner we will entertain you with great videos and pictures from our 2014 club events incl. our various Driving Schools, Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance and other informative and enjoyable clips from our Mercedes-Benz video archives. There will again be an impressive selection of unique door prizes and lottery items from our sponsors.
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The cost for the outstanding dinner including select red and white wines remains $65/person for MBCA members, their family and friends. A cash bar is also available.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Annual General Meeting and Dinner.
Harald von Langsdorff
President
Toronto Section | Mercedes-Benz Club of America

The Organizers are making final preparations for the second annual Concours d’Elegance at Cobble Beach on Sept. 14.

Geoffrey McLeese, vice-president, said in a interview that more than 100 vehicles had registered for the event as of Aug. 12. By the time the show rolls around he expects to have close to the 111 that participated last year.However, it will be a much different collection of cars than in 2013. “The only vehicle that will be coming again will actually be the Isotta Frashini, the winner from last year,” McLeese said.
Owned by Peter Boyle of Oil City, Penn., the ultra-rare 1928 Isotta Frashini was named Best in Show at inaugural concours at Cobble Beach. Boyle wanted to return, McLeese said, and will also be bringing a Rolls Royce this year. This year’s show will have 21 categories. One notable class is for micro cars up to 1973. Among the cars in the class are a 1957 Messerschmitt KR 201, a 1959 Vespa 400 and a 1959 FMR Tg500. “There is kind of a strange following to those cars because they are just a very rare vehicle,” said McLeese. “These are quarky kinds of cars that are rare and are interesting to find.”
McLeese said he is also excited about the museum class for this year’s event.These cars are coming from places like the Detroit Historical Society, the Canadian Automotive Museum and the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum,” said McLeese. Among the cars expected this year are a 1930 Cord L29, an 1867 Henry Seth Taylor steam buggy, a 1909 Oldsmobile Model X3 Touring, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy dual cowl Phaeton. “Effectively it is those vehicles you wouldn’t ever really see,” said McLeese. “There are going to be some pretty spectacular vehicles.” This year’s concours will begin with a drive on Sept. 13. Many will drive through Owen Sound and into Harrison Park. The route is also expected to take the cars to Hepworth, Wiarton, Big Bay and back to Cobble Beach. Last year 70 cars took part in the drive. This year’s event includes a Porsche display and test drives.
“There is quite a buzz actually in the concours circuit in the States” about it, he said. “Hopefully it is going to be a big success again this year and its going to double in size and continue to grow.”

Discounted Concours admission ($30/per) ends September 2. Please consider making your reservations today.

For those driving up with us on Saturday morning remember meeting is at 10:00 AM  sharp in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brampton, 10 Nevets Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5T2  – just off Airport Road and Queen Street E. (Hwy 107)

Discounted rooms at the Blue Mountain Resort can be booked at: https://lodging.bluemountain.ca/booking/#availability  – use promo code: GRP111128

Dinner is scheduled at 7PM at the Copper Blues Bar & Grill in the center of Blue Mountain Village.

We will also have a group breakfast Sunday morning and then take the short drive to the Cobble Beach grounds. We should be arriving there by 11:00 and will be happy to meet up with members who decided to make this a one day tour.

More detail of our trip are here: http://www.mbca-toronto.org/2014/08/11/fall-tour-to-cobble-beach-concours-delegance/

If you have questions please call Harald’s cell: 416 838 6857


Fall Tour to Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Sept 13-14, 2014

After we had two entertaining and educating trips to the Niagara Wine Region, for 2014 we are moving our Fall Tour to North of the GTA. This will give us change of scenery as well as give Marcus, our Niagara resident, a break on the organisational end. Our tour will take us across the Niagara Escarpment and towards Georgian Bay and is planned to coincide with the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Kemble near Owen Sound. www.cobblebeachconcours.com
 

The itinerary is as follows.

  • Saturday, September 13, meeting of the car convoy in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brampton, 10 Nevets Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5T2  – just off Airport Road and Queen Street E. (Hwy 107)
  • Start 10:00 sharp
  • Commencing north on Airport Road
  • Short stop at Camp Borden
  • Lunch in Wasaga Beach
  • Continue to Blue Mountains Resort, Collingwood for overnight.
  • Please make your own reservations here: https://lodging.bluemountain.ca/booking/#availability or call 877-445-0231, press for lodging reservations and provide your group code GRP111128 and group name Mercedes Benz Club of Toronto
  • Dinner in the Village http://www.bluemountain.ca/nightlife.htm
  • Sunday morning breakfast at the Village
  • Scenic drive to Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
    (admission tickets here: https://events.cuetoems.com/cobble_2014/OnlineTicketSales.aspx )
  • While we will be attending the Concourse as spectators, members are still welcome to enter the Concours individually. Please check our Spring STARLite newsletter for details or visit www.cobblebeachconcours.com.
  • The trip is planned as a two day outing. However, member who do not want to stay overnight can drive up individually Sunday morning (2.5h) and meet us at the Cobble Beach Concours.
  • Later in the afternoon we gather and start our return down the scenic Escarpment roads.
  • You can expect to be back in the GTA in time for Dinner

Please note that we won’t have a formal registration. Instead we will start the tour 10:00 sharp with the cars in attendance – so be there on time. Please contact Harald von Langsdorff 905-838-1980 if you have any questions. Hope to see you there.

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The 2nd annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community, in Kemble, Ontario, on September 13-14, 2014.
 

Set against the romance of lush fairways and windswept costal views, international tastemakers and distinguished guests will have the rare opportunity to view an elite collection of classic automobiles.

The inaugural 2013 event hosted over 4,000 attendees, 100 vehicles in competition, and an international field of accomplished judges, Last year’s event was a wonderful debut, with two Mercedes in the show including a 1959 Mercedes 190SL, and a 2005 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren. The inaugural Concours raised over $50,000 for the Sunnybrook Foundation helipad project.

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The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is currently sourcing vehicles for the 2014 Concours and is looking for a couple of exceptional Mercedes for inclusion. There is no cost to register.

 

 

 

 Our call for entries includes the following classes:

1.         European Classics, which include all Mercedes between 1925 and 1948

2.         European Sports Cars (to 1973)

3.         Supercars

 

Please visit www.cobblebeachconcours.com for additional details or to register your vehicle, or call Kathryn Smith 416-366-4820 ext. 228.


On February 18th, Mercedes-Benz Canada hosted a private tour for Toronto Section MBCA members of their pavilion at the Toronto International Autoshow. Arden Nerling of Mercedes-Benz Canada walked the members through the new models including the new GLA, S-Class, C-Class and designer Smart Car displays. The new GLA SUV while related to the B-Class platform is really a distinct vehicle and will be available for sale in the fall, while the new S-Class and C-Class models are available now.

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We also received insights into the new Mercedes-Benz branding design language including colour arrangement for the models on display and the positioning of the logo and name. It is obvious that a lot of planning and thought went into the Mercedes-Benz Pavilion located in the North Building for 2014.

After we visited the M-B exhibit members made their way to the South Building.  Here the S-Class drive simulator was waiting for us. This high-tech unit consist of a real new S-Class car with seating for 5 and allows a 180 degree view on six screens in front of the car and 11 simulation channels including motion simulation. The system needs a network of 12 powerful computers to run.

“You can experience all the safety functions in a safe simulator experience and get first-hand experience,” Andreas Gottschol, an engineer with Mercedes-Benz in its Active Safety department explained as he described the driving simulator. “It shows off all the safety functions in the S-class (as well as the E- and C-class) vehicles.”

Members had the opportunity for a hand-on confront of some of the revolutionary safety features available. Various scenarios were presented to the driver including night time, high speed German autobahn and city driving. All pose numerous driving challenges and demonstrated the innovative solutions offered by Mercedes-Benz. The simulation was so real that during an impending collision even the seat belt pre-tensioners actually tightened up –for the rear passengers.

Although some of the features are not (yet) available in North America due to legal issues, it marks a substantial move forward to assist drivers to be safe in our increasing crowded highways and cities while offering a relaxed and comfortable driving experience.

The evening ended with coffee and cake at the Mercedes-Benz V.I.P. only lounge overlooking the Autoshow.

We’d like to thank Arden Nerling and Mercedes-Benz Canada again for hosting this informative and entertaining evening.

For our video click here or go to Gallery / Videos.


Please join the MBCA – Toronto Section at the Mercedes-Benz Exhibit in the Metro Toronto Convention Center – North Building, February 18, 2014 for our annual guided tour of all things Mercedes and to welcome old and new MBCA members and friends.
We will be meeting at 18:00 (6PM). Don’t forget to bring your membership card or your Mercedes-Benz key for access to the Mercedes VIP lounge for a chance to relax with snacks and refreshments after the tour.
The MBCA – Toronto Section will reimburse its members and guests $5 of the admission price.  Please see Harald during the tour for your refund.
BTW, a coupon for an additional $ 5 savings can be found in Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, National Post and Sing Tao Daily on Feb.18th.
See you there.

xmasThe AGM will take place Saturday, November 30, at 4:00 PM at the Royal Ambassador Banquet and Events Hall, 15430 Innis Lake Road, Caledon. The meeting will take place just prior to the Christmas Dinner (see below).  We encourage all members to attend. The AGM will be focusing on club business, the election of officers and next year’s activities. We also welcome members to assist in organizing and participating in events throughout the upcoming year.
The Christmas dinner will also take place Saturday, November 30, following the AGM at the Royal Ambassador Banquet and Events Hall.

The Royal Ambassador proved to be a great venue for our Annual Meeting and Christmas Dinner. As the Club is growing, we encourage more members to enjoy the benefits of attending this Club function and of course in keeping with the vision most Mercedes-Benz owners have of their vehicle it is: Elegant, upscale and refined.
The Chefs from the Royal Ambassador are putting together a delicious 4 course dinner with great consideration. A selection of red and white wine is included.

  • Annual General Meeting 4:00 PM
  • Reception 5:30 PM
  • Dinner 6:30 PM

The cost for the outstanding Dinner will be a very modest $65 for MBCA members and family and $75 for non-members. A cash bar is available.

During the evening we will entertain you with great videos and pictures from our 2012 club events incl. the Legends of the Autobahn, Niagara Fall Tour and other informative and enjoyable clips from our Mercedes-Benz video archives. There will again be an imprerssive selection of unique door prizes and lottery items from our Sponsors.

Click here and a link will take you directly to the registration page for the AGM and/or Dinner.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Annual General Meeting and Christmas Dinner.


Doug Dees

Doug Dees likes to wind up the unwary with a tongue-in-cheek claim that Sophia Loren slept in the sexy Mercedes he restored as a graduation present for his son.

She didn’t really, and after a seven-year restoration, Dees will finally deliver the car to his son this summer.

But the silver 1969 280SL – an example of Mercedes-Benz’s “Pagoda” sports cars – does have an Italian connection.

The classy 280SL was a favorite of movie stars back in the day, and this one did spend its early years in Turin before making its way to California and then turning up in Toronto. Dees found it stored outdoors in the Beaches, under a tarp with a door and fender panel punched in. But “it looked brand new underneath,” and he decided a bit of work would make it “fine” again.

After four years of effort, and $50,000, the 280SL was an order of magnitude better than just “fine.” It was also now two years overdue as son Oliver’s graduation gift.

A job in Calgary forestalled a planned father/son shakedown cruise along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Dees drove the 10,000 kilometers with his brother-in-law instead, as part of a Mercedes-Benz Car Club of America tour. And then there was a delay while Oliver, who has driven it just twice so far, acquired a home with a double garage. But this summer, Dees is determined to make the long-overdue delivery.

The 230SL, 250SL and 280SL were cars that, from 1963-71, ably carried on the traditions founded by the super cars of their day, Gullwing-doored 300SLs and the elegantly contoured and classy 190SL boulevardiers.

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BOB ENGLISH, Published Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 06:00AM EDT


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Great Showing Of The MBCA – Toronto Section At The 2012 Yorkville Exotic Car Show, Father’s Day June 17th, 2012

Despite the last minute invite by the organizer to participate in the 2012 Yorkville Exotic Car Show, our Toronto Section summoned its members and friends and were able to gather and represent the complete 60 years of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Mercedes-Benz Canada and Downtown were happy to supply the most current models as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster.

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On Friday evening, Sept 23, 2011 I was sweating. Surprisingly, as it was cold and raining hard. The next day would be our Fall Tour to Prince Edward Wine County and I had announced “Rain or Shine”. Well right now, it was rain.

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Before I was going to send my last email update to the participants, I checked various weather sites. On one of the radar maps, squinting, one could glimpse a high pressure front moving east. It should arrive just in time for our morning departure from Toronto.

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Harald von Langsdorff participated in the 2007 Paris-Beijing

Ra… Ra… Rasputin-Lover of the Russian Queen” the old Bonnie M. song crackled through the speaker of our onboard CB Radio. We just had left Nizhny Novgorod on the third day of Leg 2 of the Paris-Beijing Rally. Another car must be playing the CD on their so….

Here is his story as published in The Star Nov/Dec 2007

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