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Arthritis Auto Show Selected as MBCA Regional Event

This is big news! Your Central Ohio Section has earned the opportunity to host an MBCA Regional Event! The last regional event we hosted was 20 years ago, and it too was in conjunction with this show when it was sponsored by Len Immke. We’re putting together a great event for MBCA members and other Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts to enjoy. We’re fortunate the Arthritis Foundation selected Mercedes-Benz as a featured marquee. It honors the 90th anniversary of the merger which formed the company as we know it today. As a featured marquee, the brand will be highlighted in all the show’s marketing and it allows the MBCA to add a little extra for our brand’s followers.

To begin with, as a featured marquee our area of the show field on Saturday will be in a prominent location. We have space reserved for 75 vehicles to be displayed. This seems like a lot, but as a regional event we are inviting MBCA sections from all the states surrounding Ohio. Plus, we’re inviting clubs like the Gullwing Group, M-100 Group, 190SL Group, Pagoda SL Group, and Ponton Group. Finally, the show is open to anyone wanting to show a Mercedes-Benz. I believe these spots will fill up before you expect. And, so will the hotels. Make your plans soon!

In the show Saturday, MBCA members will be performing MBCA National Concours judging for all 7 classes. If you don’t want your car judged, but still want to be involved, then you can register for display only, be right in the thick of the action, and be relaxed. Each class will have three trophies thanks to our event committee finding sponsors. There is also a Best of Show for Mercedes-Benz.

We’ll have two large tents in our display area to promote the MBCA. We are still finalizing details, but we will have several activities at the tents for members. We’ll also be able to sign up new members at the tent. More details in the June issue.

We’ve organized an M-B Autocross on Sunday. Everyone who registers a Mercedes-Benz for the show will be invited to drive with our local section members. This will be run with the OSU Sports Car Club and on a large parking lot on The Ohio State University’s west campus.

What can you do to enjoy this event or get involved in making it a success? If you have a car to show then go to the event website and register today! As mentioned, space is limited. We’ll also need volunteers to staff the membership tent. If you have experience judging big shows, we can train you on the club’s Concours rules. And, don’t forget helping out at the autocross on Sunday! Contact Beth or Bernadette.

The Arthritis Foundation organizes a great 3-day event, so go to the web site at and check out the whole calendar and register!

Show Contacts: Beth Klein 614-778-7368 Bernadette Pavlick 412-400-9813

July 7th Arthritis Foundation Rolling Legends Tour, Dublin, OH
Tour along scenic byways from the launch point of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Dublin to SugarCreek Brandworthy Food Solutions in Washington Courthouse, OH. Enjoy a catered lunch then tour a beautiful private collection of over 200 cars, motorcycles and boats. You’ll also get a glimpse at over 300 unrestored classics waiting their turn in the on-site restoration facilities. Finish the tour by joining us at the Right Stuff Detailing facility in Westerville, OH for their cruise-in & barbecue with 300 cars expected. Pre-register on-line at Staging at Crowne Plaza starts at 9:00am with departure at 10:00am sharp! Contact Beth Klein at 614-778-7368 or [email protected] if you have questions.

July 8th Arthritis Foundation Cruise In, Dublin, OH
This is a traditional open cruise-in that is open to everyone. Pay when you arrive, drive around the event area and find a comfortable place to park near some people who look like fun. Concessions and live music late into the evening. Many six foot tall trophies awarded for all kinds of categories. This is a really fun evening. Contact Beth Klein at 614-778-7368 or E-mail [email protected] with questions.

July 9th Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show, Dublin, OH
The judged car show is Saturday. You’ll want to be early to get through registration and claim a good parking spot on our grassy knoll. Plan to stay through the trophy presentations in the afternoon. Then stay even later for the live concert afterwards. This really is a party atmosphere. For all the details on this great multi-day event, make sure you visit the event site Sign up for the VIP treatment to get access to even more activities! Contact Beth Klein at 614-778-7368 or [email protected] if you have questions. See you there!

July 10th AutoCross with MBCA, Columbus, OH
Drive your Mercedes-Benz around a parking lot course marked with orange cones for time. We’ll have instructors available for novices. We only have a few loaner helmets (required equipment), so bring your own if you can. These are fun events where you learn how your vehicle handles at or past its limits, which is a great learning experience. All this is done in a safe and controlled environment. More details in the next issue of Benz Bugle. Contact Rodd Masteller at 740-881-0159 or [email protected] if you have questions.
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