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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