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Mercedes Benz Club Turns Out for Oktoberfest German Car Show at the Auto Motor Plex in Chanhassen

Despite cold temperatures and heavy fog and cloud cover a couple of hundred German cars showed up for the Oktoberfest German Car Show at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz were the marques with the most cars on display. Many members of the Mercedes Benz Club of America Twin Cities Section were in attendance. There were a couple of nice BMWs, including two 1980s vintage 6 series cars. Volkswagen fans turned out with a handful of beetles an early ’70s Westfalia camper and a handful of other models including a couple of square backs, I even saw a late 70s / early 80s Scirocco! Many Porsche 911s from all years were in attendance, along with a 944, 928 and 914 sprinkled around. Mercedes-Benz cars were very well represented. Click this LINK for 100 photos of the Oktoberfest show on my Dave Knows Cars Flickr page.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Quite a few members of “The Pagoda Pack” were in attendance with the W113 ‘Pagoda’ SLs, including “Pagoda Pack’ ring leader Ken Garelick. Club members were in attendance with a 190SL, a W111 chassis 280SE sedan, several R107 SLs a an R129 SL, a couple of R230s, David Steingas was there with his always pretty 1951 220S Cabriolet. Two of the rarest Mercedes in attendance were the 600 Limousine and the 1955 300SL Gullwing. It was a real treat to see both of those cars as they don’t make appearances very often.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz was one of the event sponsors and sponsored the 35 piece German Band, ‘The Bavarian Muzikmeisters’ to give the event just the right true German flavor. The Chanhassen American Legion made brats and kraut available along with some real German beer.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
The Mercedes-Benz Club board is talking about bringing back their annual show, held in June for the past 17 years in a row, except this year… hopefully the club can pull together a German Car Fest during the warmer Summer months as in years past to get German car fans out in greater numbers.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

A big thanks needs to go to Bruno Silikowski at the Auto Motor Plex in Chanhassen for hosting the event, to Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz and BMW of Minnetonka for sponsoring the event and all the volunteers from the different German car clubs that helped out with the organization and parking cars.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

600 Limo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Very rare, over the top, DP motorsport 911 slant nose turbo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

David Tobin

The first show appearance for my newly acquired Porsche 911 and the first time I’ve taken anything but a Mercedes-Benz to a German car show!


Intermarque Spring-Kickoff car show Mercedes

InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show This Saturday, May 12th in Osseo, MN Join Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club Members and Convoy to the Show!

Intermarque Spring-Kickoff car show Mercedes
Join the Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities “Convoy to the InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show” in Osseo, MN…
This Saturday, May 12!
THE EVENT: One of the largest foreign car shows in the upper Midwest. A casual, easy, no pressure, event. From show cars to old drivers… bring a pre 1991 ‘Classic’ or a post 1991 ‘Modern Classic’ all foreign cars are welcome.
ADMISSION: FREE! But… the show organizers encourage a canned food donation as you pull in to show your car, pack a can of something, let’s help the local food shelf.
THE PLAN: If we arrive together, we’ll show our cars together as a big Mercedes Club group. Meet up with other Mercedes Club members to convoy to the show together.
MEET: Sears Imports in Minnetonka at 8:00am – 8:15, in the lot just WEST of the main Sears lot, near the big digital billboard. 13500 Wayzata Blvd in Minnetonka, Northwest corner of the intersection of I-394 and Plymouth Rd / Ridgedale Drive, across I-394 from Target Ridgedale.
DEPART: We’ll leave Sears about 8:30am to convoy North to downtown Osseo, MN. We will take Plymouth Rd / Xenium Lane all the way, about 20 – 25 minutes on leisurely back roads
Car placement begins at 9:00, show goes from 10:00am until 3:00pm, stay for an hour or stay all day, leave when you want.
CONTACT: Please RSVP to Dave Tobin via phone or email ASAP. (651) 216-1265 or dave(at)daveknowscars.com
The Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America one of the InterMarque Show Sponsors this year.
There are already 12 Mercedes Club member cars in the convoy… come join us!
Minneapolis Mercedes club dent removal

Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club Spring Tech Event This Weekend! “The Art and Science of Paintless Dent Removal” at Dent Kraft in Wayzata – Saturday, April 14 at 10:00am Please RSVP ASAP!

Minneapolis Mercedes club dent removal

The Mercedes-Benz Club Twin Cities Section will be holding a Spring Tech Event “The Art and Science of Paintless Dent Removal” hosted by Don Kavanagh at Dent Kraft in Wayzata.

The event will take place Saturday, April 14 at 10:00am. Coffee, doughnuts and light breakfast refreshments will be on hand.

Don will explain and demonstrate the art of paintless ding and dent removal for modern as well as classic vehicles. Whether a vehicle is the casualty of a hail storm or just had a few parking lot dings, paintless dent removal, when performed by an experience individual, can put a car back to its original state.

The event will begin promptly at 10:00, Dent Kraft is on the Frontage road along I-394, right next to BMW of Minnetonka.  Visit their website by clicking this link.

Dent Kraft
15736 Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 473-8000

Please RSVP to event organizer if you plan on attending: DAVE BORTNER – dave@freedomboatservice.com or call him at (612) 590-5110.

Used Mercedes SLR McLaren Sears Imports

Hardley Used 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster Arrives at Sears Imports in Minneapolis, Original MSRP was $514,690, Buy It Today for Just $339,000!

Used Mercedes SLR McLaren Sears Imports

No joke… we just acquired this 2008 Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster.. and yeah, it was dropped off in 2″ of snow by an enclosed transporter carrying all sorts of cools stuff, a new Porsche 911 Speedster a late 1960s Camaro SS and a wildly customized Porsche Panamera. It was quickly nursed across our parking lot and put inside our detail shop where it got a bath and wax. In case you didn’t know… the SLR McLaren sports 617 Horsepower, 575 lb-ft of Torque at 3,250 – 5,000 rpm. Top speed of 206 mph and 0 – 100km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds.
Mercedes McLaren for Sale

This is a one owner SLR from California with just over 800 original miles on its odometer. The original owner passed away and the car became available, we picked it up. It is a nicely equipped car (aren’t they all?) in a great color combination of Crystal Galaxite Black exterior (a metallic black) and Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather interior it is accented inside with Semi-Aniline leather in black. The laminated original window sticker is with the vehicle as well as all of the associated books, manuals, paperwork, and SLR ephemera that will surely sell for thousands on eBay in 50 years.

Used Mercedes SLR McLaren Sears Imports

Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather Interior Package.

The car shows as new, we are a certified Mercedes McLaren SLR service facility, we have the special lift and tools to work on these cars, it will be inspected and fully serviced at our facility before being delivered to its new owner. It has a clean, no stories Carfax vehicle history report, click here to see that.  Call me today for more info, it’s Sears Imports stock# 20159. Price is $339,000, FOB Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. We can ship worldwide.

Mercedes SLR McLaren Dave Tobin


New 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster in Le Mans Red Arrives at Sears Imports!


This is the first 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster that has been delivered to Sears Imports. It arrived Friday and was promptly picked up by its lucky new owner (a local Twin Cities Section Mercedes-Benz Club member I’m happy to announce). He was able to pick it up late Friday evening before we closed, just in time to get it home and in the garage safely before the first snow of the year fell Saturday morning, whew!

Mercedes SLS AMG roadster sears imports

Steffan gives it one last wipe down in the detail shop before it's picked up by its owner.

This car is Le Mans Red with a Sand and Black two tone designo interior and a tan convertible soft top, all the interior trim is carbon fiber. While it looks like a million bucks… this one was a bit over $200,000. I’m sure the new owner will enjoy it to the fullest, and hopefully, we’ll see him out at some Mercedes-Benz Club Twin Cities Section events in the Spring. There are two SLS AMG gullwing coupes in the club, at least that I’m aware of, this is the first roadster, I believe.

Sears Imports has one other SLS AMG roadster currently on order for a customer, it will be arriving in several months. If you’re interested in a coupe or roadster, please let me know… we can see about ordering one to your specifications.

Mercedes 190SL For Sale

1957 Mercedes Benz 190SL Restored at Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis Just Listed on eBay!

Mercedes 190SL For Sale

This pristine 1957 Mercedes Benz 190SL was recently restored by Bruce Kelly’s Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis Minnesota, it was just listed on eBay this evening. This particular 190SL is black with a white leather interior. It has been in the same family for more than 35 years. The owner of the car started a complete restoration more than 25 years ago, and as with so many projects, it was started and stopped and started and stopped. Eventually the owner of the car passed away. At that point it was given to his grandson who commissioned a complete restoration by Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis.
Mercedes 190SL eBay

Over the past 18 months the car was restored, inside and out. Today, the car runs and drives beautifully. It’s smooth and effortless, I’m always amazed how Mercedes-Benz cars from the late fifties don’t feel at all like other cars from the same period. This was a much easier car to drive, in my opinion, than Jaguars of the same period, and it’s certainly a nicer car to drive than just about anything American made in the late 1950s.

The collector car world has noticed the same things I have when it comes to classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. They start when you want them to start, they’re reliable, comfortable and generally good, easy cars to live with. As we see prices of the A list Mercedes classics climb into seven figure territory, as we’ve seen regular steel body 300SL Gullwings do recently with 300SL roadsters not too far behind, now well into the $600 – $700k+ territory we’ve seen 190SLs increase in value as well. A rising tide does lift all boats in the vintage Mercedes roadster market.
1957 Mercedes 190SL

While 5 or 10 years ago a 190SL like this one might have been a $30,000 – $50,000 car on a good day, it is likely to bring almost double that in 2011. There is a finite number of good cars left, restorations are staggeringly expensive (and getting more expensive everyday thanks to parts price increases and fewer and fewer marque specialists who can actually do the work. The restorations also take a lot of time, time you could be out enjoying a car. If you can find someone else’s completed project, and as long as it’s been restored correctly and to a high standard by a marque expert, like this car, you might just be able to buy it for about the price of the restoration and save yourself the time and headache.

Have a look at the eBay auction by following this link, there are almost 100 photos of the car there and a complete vehicle description.


Minneapolis Mercedes Rally

Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club Scavenger Rally Visits Vino in the Valley in Maiden Rock, WI

Minneapolis Mercedes Rally

Last Saturday, August 6th, members of the Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club got together for a casual ‘road rally’ known as “The Vino in the Valley Scavenger Rally”. The Event is based at “Vino in the Valley,” a vineyard and outdoor pavilion restaurant in Maiden Rock, WI. Our event hosts, for the second year in a row, were Ken Arenson and Julie Winger. They did a great job organizing this year’s event. (more photos below).

The event itself is very casual and, basically, a good excuse to get out and drive your Mercedes-Benz vehicle with friends, old and new, on the back roads of Minnesota and Wisconsin. There were a number of places, local businesses, each two person team had to navigate to. At each location you’d have someone from the business stamp or initial the rally form and off you’d go to the next place. It wasn’t a race of any kind… the first team back to Vino in the Valley just had to wait longer for lunch.

Stops included the Red Wing Shoe Company in Red Wing, MN, The Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery in Maiden Rock, WI, as well as the Crazy Cat Candy Shoppe in Stockholm, WI. Another fun stop was the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery… THE place for all sorts of Wisconsin diary products including the best cheese curds on the planet!

There was a variety of Mercedes-Benz vehicles that participated in the rally… from an old Pagoda style 113 chassis SL to an SLK55 AMG, a CLK convertible, a 560 SEL sedan and several R107 body style SLs from the 70s through the 80s.
Mercedes Vino in the Valley

Vino in the Valley had a nice spread of Italian pasta, salad and all the trimmings for us when we got back from the rally for lunch at about 1:00.

One funny thing happened to my wife and I when we were doing the scavenger rally. We were headed into Re Wing, MN, back over the river from Wisconsin and the place was packed with traffic. We needed to stop on the main drag, at the Redwing Shoe Company outlet. What rally organizers hadn’t planned on was “The River Days” parade planned to go right through Red Wing at 1:00pm. We were there at about 10 minutes until 1:00, a lot of streets were blocked off… there were people lining the streets along the parade route, kids and their parents in law chairs, American flags everywhere.
Mercedes Club Minneapolis

Michele and I were leading in our C300, I had Bruce Kelly in his white SL320 behind me and Rob Berg in his 280SL Pagoda behind Bruce… SOMEHOW I managed to turn down the parade route, there were no barricades, I just took a right turn and there were were… completely empty street, no cars, but lined with people on either side..a real slice of Americana and we were crashing the party. We just waved, got some claps and a  and took the next turn possible to get out of there! It was hilarious. We finally managed to stop at the shoe place… the driver’s stayed in the cars, the passengers (wives) jumped out and got the paper signed then we got out of Red Wing just before the parade started… whew!
Mercedes Club SL55 AMG

It was a fun time and there was a good club turn out. If you’re interested in a fun, well organized event this is a great one. This was the second year we’ve done it and both events were a lot of fun… a good excuse to get out for a nice Sunday drive with friends in your Benz.

Great Turn Out and Beautiful Weather at the 17th Annual Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section German Car Fest!

It was a beautiful day for the 17th Annual German Car Fest in Shakopee, MN presented by the local Minneapolis / St. Paul Mercedes-Benz Club of America chapter. There were rows of interesting German cars. Many Mercedes-Benz vehicles showed up, BMW, and Porsche were both well represented. There were a handful of Audis, quite a few Volkswagens along with some unique and odd ball marques like Borgward, Lloyd and even a little BMW Isetta.

The great turn out of Mercedes Benz vehicles included new and old models including a 2011 SLS AMG and the brand new 2012 SLK350, they were parked next to each other at the entrance to the show. I drove the SLK to the show from Feldmann Imports, the SLS was brought by the local couple who purchased it here at Feldmann Imports a couple of months ago. There were quite a few W113 ‘Pagoda’ SL models, some incredibly pristine examples. All generations of the SL were well represented… although there was no 300SL this year.

The Bavarian Musicmeisters were there providing entertainment with their 30+ piece German band decked out in leiderhosen and traditional German Dress, great food was on hand and available from Deustchsland Meats.. it was, as usual, a fun event at a great venue that everyone enjoyed.

Thanks must go to Paul and Chris Bergquist, Mercedes-Benz Club Members who have organized this show since its inception 17 years ago. THANKS CHRIS AND PAUL! See you next year. (photos of the show below)>

Photographer Chris Batson took this photo (above) of the front ends of the 2012 SLK and the 2011 SLS… he put took a bunch of great photos and posted them to his online photo album. CLICK THINK LINK to see all of the German Car Fest Photos he took, some very nice, quality shots!

Tobin discussing the finer points of the new 2012 SLK with a show goer.

Another Pristine Lake Country Classics Restored Mercedes 280SL Roadster in Minneapolis for Sale on eBay, Local Minneapolis Mercedes Benz Club Member Car

This Mercedes Benz 280SL Roadster is currently for sale on eBay. Owned by a member of the local Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes Benz Club of America. This is a pristine example of a W113 Pagoda SL in the rare Moss Green Metallic color with an even more rare green top, the interior is Bamboo leather. Have a look at the eBay auction HERE.

The car was completely restored over a period of about seven years between 2002 and 2009 under the direction of Bruce Kelly at Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis. It is as pristine inside and underneath as it is from the outside. You could eat off the engine, it is an incredible example. There are more than 100 photos included in the eBay auction, I’ve posted several of them below.

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.