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Excellence At Sea

There was no sail. No one was rowing it along. Yet the sharp-nosed launch was moving, cruising quietly along the Neckar River near Cannstatt in August of 1886. Maybe an electric motor was hidden under the hutch in front of the helmsman? Porcelain…

R107 Road Trip

The year marking the 50th Anniversary of the R107 has come to an end. The anniversary was commemorated loud and broad, around the globe. All despite the pandemic and the limitations that came with it!On the one hand, conditions made “live”…

Salty C-Class

The longtime MBCA member, Gull Wing Group member, and Bonneville Salt Flats racer Bob Sirna has been a car nut since birth, and a GM Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild prize winner for models he designed in his teens. Born into a GM family, he graduated…

Red Hot Gray Market 280SL

Lansing, Michigan attorney Norm Witte found this unique 280SL – his first Mercedes-Benz – completely by accident. He and wife Joy were vacationing in a rental home on Topsail Island, North Carolina. The house had an elevator that was malfunctioning…

Section and Member of the Year Awards

MERCEDES-BENZ CLUB of AMERICA SECTION OF THE YEARFirst PlacePEACHTREE SECTIONSteve Chapman, President Second PlaceOZARK SECTIONDennis Anderson, President MBCA PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDOZARK SECTIONDennis Anderson, President SECTION HONORSNORTHEAST REGION…

Diving Deep into MBCA

When I took over editing The Star, I knew I had a steep learning curve ahead. Attending Mercedes Freude this year showed me how far I’ve come, and how much road I have yet to travel. I got to know the movers and shakers of the club in a more…

President's Message

“To elevate the Mercedes-Benz experience through knowledge, camaraderie, and exceptional events.”That is our new MBCA Mission Statement, developed during the Strategic Planning process, and that is exactly what we did during Mercedes Freude. I would…

Rising Star – 2010-2015 GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz SUVs tend to have devoted followings, especially the G-Wagens. That’s to be expected, but as daily drivers go, it’s hard to think of a better and more affordable crossover SUV than the GLK-Class. Two models were sold in the United…

Putting a Tesla Drivetrain into a 1980 300CD

We’ve seen the news that Mercedes-Benz plans to go all-electric by 2030.  That won’t affect owners of classic automobiles much, as most plan to continue driving their older vehicles. But what about those who want the best of both worlds? David…

Apex Predator - The 190E 16V-2.5 Evolution II

In my formative years, I was definitely an “American-car guy,” but there were a few European heroes that caught my young eye. Cars like the Lamborghini Countach, the Porsche 959, and the Mercedes-Benz 190E 16V appealed to my sense of performance and…