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Local Twin Cities Mercedes-Benz Club Member’s Vintage 1971 280SL Featured in Brooks Brothers TV Advertisement

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Click screenshot to view ad on YouTube.

I got a call from my buddy Bruce Kelly over at Lake Country Classics a couple of weeks ago about an advertising agency here in Minneapolis that needed a vintage Mercedes-Benz roadster for a TV commercial. Bruce just seems to be the guy that people call for this sort of thing no matter what kind of car is needed, people just know to call him. He called me to see if I could get a hold of a friend we have in common, and fellow Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club member, Mark Flaten. The ad agency was looking for a vintage Mercedes roadster, and ideally, one in a light color, to use in a Brooks Brothers TV spot. Bruce and I both thought of Mark’s car… an absolutely pristine 1971 280SL roadster in the classic Mercedes color combination of silver over red leather.

Bruce’s shop, Lake Country Classics, finished a complete restoration of Mark’s car last year. It is one of the most pristine and correct cars of this type and vintage I’ve ever seen. I got Mark on the phone, told him that this ad agency was doing a Brooks Brothers ad and they were looking for a car like his the next day… and that if he was interested he should give Bruce a call ASAP. He did, and…

About a week later, Mark forwarded me this link to the finished ad on YouTube. They did indeed use his car for several hours the day after we spoke on the phone. He was well paid for the three hours the agency used his car, he was on set the entire time with the car. In the end it’s a couple of seconds on film, but it’s a fun story and will certainly ad to the interesting history of the car. Click this link to view the video on YouTube.

Feldmann Imports Hosts Minneapolis Mercedes Benz Club of America Tech Event

On Saturday morning, January 22nd Feldmann Imports Mercedes-Benz in Bloomington hosted the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Twin Cities Section for the first club Tech Session of 2011. Mercedes-Benz Master Technician and Feldmann Imports’ shop foreman, Rick Engman, put on a program lasting a little more than an hour about Mercedes-Benz Service Technology and Diagnostics.

Feldmann Imports' Mercedes-Benz shop foreman, Rick Engman, addresses the group.

Mercedes Benz Club members from La Crosse, WI, Rochester and from all over the Minneapolis metro area arrived at Feldmann Imports for the program about 9:00am. After some coffee, orange juice, doughnuts Rick started the program with a brief synopsis of his automotive background which started with General Motors until he came over to Mercedes-Benz in 1998.

Rick explained the diagnostics process and demonstrated some of the diagnostic equipment used by technicians at Mercedes-Benz dealer service departments. He hooked up a 2011 E350 4matic sedan to the Mercedes-Benz diagnostic equipment and showed club members how service technicians run a “Quick Scan” to create a service report and identify any potential faults in the car’s many electronic systems.

It was an interactive event with club members asking questions throughout the program and Rick answering them. When everyone arrived at the event they put their names in a box for a drawing of a Complimentary Exterior Car Detail from Feldmann Imports. At the end of the session the question and answer session continued until all the questions were answered.

The club would like to thank Feldmann Imports and Rick Engman for putting on the event, and thanks to the members who attended and participated in the event. Visit the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Twin Cities Section’s website and see how you can get involved and take advantage of all the benefits to Mercedes-Benz Club members, including an additional $1,000 discount on your next Mercedes-Benz lease or purchase… mbca-tc.org !

Below is a list of the Twin Cities Section Mercedes-Benz Club members who attended:

Mark Flaten
Jim Krueger
Greg Thompson
Paul Bergquist
Chris Bergquist
Nirmal Jain
Anita Jain
Ken Trzcinski
John Fair
Jamie Jensen
Jordan Jensen
Peter Windingstad
Dave Bortner
Christopher Haas
Liz Maki
Scott Hegstrand
Warren Rauch
Jim Bergtold
Gene Audette
Scott Nyberg
Mark Burg
Glen Klaver
Dave Runkle
Gabriele Dellanave
Chris Georgacas
Alex Georgacas
Dick Lind
Dick Olson
Rudolf Lamprecht
Ursula Lamprecht
Kurt Drews

New 2011 Mercedes Benz Club Loyalty Rewards Program: A cool $1000 Discount Off Your Best Deal on a New Mercedes Benz Lease or Purchase!

I’ve written about the benefits of being and staying a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America before. The NEW for 2011 Loyalty Rewards Program for club members has been released, and I’d say it’s sweeter than in past years.

The new 2011 Loyalty Rewards Program gives you a straight $1,000 discount beyond the best price you negotiate with the Mercedes-Benz dealer when you’re buying or leasing a new car. So… negotiate your best deal, then present your  “Member in Good Standing” Certificate from Mercedes-Benz (more details on that below) and you will receive an additional $1,000 discount off of your lease or purchase of a new vehicle.

Previously, when you purchased or leased a new vehicle from a franchised Mercedes-Benz dealership as a club member in good standing you were eligible for a $1,500 gift card good at dealership service and parts departments or to purchase items from the ‘Mercedes-Benz Collection’ of lifestyle gifts and accessories.

REMEMBER: The discount is available to Mercedes-Benz Club members in good standing after 12 consecutive months of club membership. So you have to plan ahead, you CANNOT join tomorrow and get the discount on a car you buy this weekend. Join now for a discount on a purchase next year.

In addition to this ‘new for 2011’ $1,000 discount you get all the other benefits of club membership:

Subscription to the Twin Cities Section Club Newsletter “The Northern Star”


Subscription to the national Mercedes-Benz Club magazine “The Star”


Plus a bunch of other fun things… access to events, offers, etc. etc.

If you are local to the Minnesota or Northwest Wisconsin area you can join the Mercedes-Benz Club of America – Twin Cities Section. Visit the local Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section website here.

Or go to the national Mercedes-Benz Club of America website for full membership information and a sign up form. It’s only $45 per year. How can you NOT join.. even if you think you’ll buy a new Mercedes-Benz in the next couple of years, it’s well worth it.

Give me a call or drop me an email if you want more details or visit the national Mercedes-Benz Club’s Membership page at their website by clicking this link for Mercedes-Benz Club Membership info.

Complete details and terms and conditions of the Loyalty Rewards Program are available below, in the article I plucked from the national Mercedes-Benz Club website about this brand new program, From MBCA.org:

2011 Loyalty Rewards Program U.S.

Being and staying a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) has its privileges. Members of the Club who have enjoyed 12 consecutive months of membership or longer (without lapse) qualify for the NEW Loyalty Rewards Program offered by Mercedes-Benz USA to Mercedes-Benz Club of America members only.

The U.S. Program, new in 2011, entitles you to $1,000 off the price of any 2010, 2011 or 2012 Mercedes-Benz vehicle (excluding Sprinter Vans) that you purchase or lease from an authorized U.S. Mercedes-Benz Dealership.

To receive your $1,000 discount:

1. Go to your favorite authorized U.S. Mercedes-Benz Dealership and negotiate the best price for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Present an Official Loyalty Rewards Program “Member in Good Standing” Certificate to the Dealer (carefully read #2 below). The Dealer will take $1,000 off the price of your purchase or lease instantly.

2. To print your Official Loyalty Rewards Program “Member in Good Standing” Certificate, please read these instructions carefully.

a. You will have 60 days from the day you print your Certificate to bring the Certificate to your Dealer for a $1,000 discount. Certificates will not be accepted any time after 60 calendar days past the date it was printed (the expiration date will automatically print on your Certificate).

b. Once you print a Certificate, you will be unable to print another one.

c. Primary Club members may redeem one $1,000 Reward Certificate during calendar year 2011. The vehicle must be purchased in the Primary member’s name.

d. Associate Club members (any member, 18 years of age or older, residing in the Primary member’s residence and identified as the Associate member in National Business Office records) may redeem one $1,000 Reward Certificate during calendar year 2011. The vehicle must be purchased in the Associate member’s name.

e. Copied, forged or otherwise altered Certificates are prohibited. Certificates may not be redeemed toward vehicles purchased prior to January 1, 2011.

f. Questions? Please call the National Business Office at 1.800.637.2360 weekdays from 8am-5pm Mountain Time

g. If you have not already done so, please log-in to this site to see if you’re a member in good standing (a Member in Good Standing seal will automatically appear on your log-in Profile page).

Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to change without notice. Only those vehicles purchased or leased from authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships or licensed independent dealerships in the U.S. qualify for this offer. $1,000 discount is non-transferable and can only be redeemed by a qualified Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) member.

Sales documents and vehicle title must be in the MBCA member’s name or the name of his/her business. If an MBCA member co-signs for a vehicle with a non-MBCA member, both persons must reside in the same household. This offer is available in conjunction with other special purchase programs offered by Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), including Mercedes-Benz Financial special finance/lease programs unless otherwise restricted by the terms of those programs.