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Time Capsule

Ann Fagan has been an avid MBCA member and collector for over 40 years. Ann has mostly focused on various SL models from the 1950s to the 1990s, and she has also owned several W124 sedans.  A couple of years ago, Ann acquired a 1982 300D Turbo…

A Life Well-Lived

It's my sad duty to tell you that Gary Anderson, Editor of The Star 2009-2020, has passed away. His good friend Richard Simonds has written a fine tribute in this issue, and I want to add my perspective.  A very perceptive friend once said that…

President's Column - Right where we need to be

Anyone who has known me for very long has probably heard me say I believe God puts you where you need to be when you need to be there. I’m not trying to preach or push my religion. I just happen to believe that because I’ve seen evidence in my life…

Adventure Begins Where The Pavement Ends

You need three senses to truly appreciate the Gambler 500 Rally: a sense of adventure, a sense of stewardship, and – above all – a sense of humor. The Gambler combines all of those into an automotive experience unlike anything you've ever…

The Road Less Traveled

A few months ago, while paging through The Star, my husband Ian spotted a notice with details about Sports Car Market Magazine’s first ever SCM 1000 AMG Invitational, presented by Mercedes-AMG. Honestly, we weren’t sure if our AMG C43 warranted “…

The Story of the Super Coupes

Returning to postwar racing in 1952, Daimler-Benz engaged in half measures. Of that first season’s 300SL, which was cleverly built from production-car components to get an initial feel for post-war competition, the firm's technical chief Fritz…

Me and My Pagoda

My affection for any and all things automotive started at an early age, but my particular affection for the Baureihe W113 – better known as the Pagoda – began with a red Tekno model that my sister gave to me following a European trip. Such exotic…

Grand Day Out

Pulling into Lime Rock Park for the AMG Driving Experience, the first two things that catch the eye are a sea of AMG fire breathers, and the row of "student parking" vehicles that includes Audi R8, McLaren, Ferrari, Jaguar, and various Mercedes-Benz…

President's Message

I’ve been retired for four and a half years and still my body has not adjusted to the fact that I don’t have to wake up at stupid-early-o’clock every morning. So I’ve adjusted to the new routine and make use of that time in a different way and go to…

Rising Star – CLK55 AMG Coupe & Convertible 2001 - 2002

Undiscovered Stars The AMG variants of the first generation C208 and A208 CLK-Class coupe and cabriolet models were produced only for a couple of model years and in relatively low numbers. Their good looks stem from an early 1990s Mercedes design…