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.
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.
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.