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official newsletter of the mercedes-benz club of south africa Andrew Hempel's 560SEL – the iconic W126 series turns thirty this year Volume 24 April / May 2009 no. 2 FROM THE DESK... Unbelievably, almost half of 2009 has already passed. As you will which occurred in George this year in this issue. Suffice it for me to say that if have noticed, it has been quite some time since the last edition. you missed it, you missed out big time! Waldo Scribante and his team Unfortunately we had to cut back on the number of issues for this managed to pull of a wonderful weekend – full of surprises and planned in a year, from 5 to 4. We decided to do this edition after the AGM, so most exemplary fashion. The program was interesting, and enough time was the report back is relatively fresh. available for interaction with fellow members. Even the weather played This edition is of course the handiwork of our new editor, Grant along! Our AGM meeting went smoothly and efficiently. My thanks go to all Viljoen. Grant, welcome aboard! I hope you will have as who participated. The positive spirit in which the meeting was much pleasure from putting the 'Lens together as I conducted surely reflects the current healthy state of the club. It did. is a pleasure to be part of a club with a great “vibe”! ECONOMICS ANOTHER Nominations for the committee were received for current members only, so the team is basically unchanged for another year. Before the AGM, André Kolver was elected There is a global downswing in the SUCCESSFUL chairman of the Central Region. Baie geluk, André! Ons economy, and most, if not all sectors are sien uit na jou insette en glo jy gaan die streek uitbou. feeling the pinch. Closer to home we have been directly affected, in that NATIONAL Dankie aan Chris Kühn wat die leisels voor André gehou het. (Andre Kolver passed away suddenly after the PMB MBSA asked us to save on expenditure regarding the cost of the Benz Lens. We GATHERING Cars in the Park. Please see Steve Rademeyer’s obituary on Page 2 - Ed). agreed to (temporarily) cut back on the number of issues from 5 to 4, and to & AGM 2010 AGM reduce the number of copies printed too. Fortunately the sponsorship for our AGM's Although no dates have been set yet, we will be having our next gala evening was not compromised. Here's to gathering in the Northern Region! Maxim, we're looking forward to what hoping that things will improve sooner rather than later you have in stall for us. Of course 2010 is a busy year with the soccer, and the .... public holidays are also not so well placed on the calendar as they were this year. Having said that, I think 2010 AGM will be an even bigger event for our NATIONAL GATHERING club, with the result that we will have to limit numbers. Personally I think 200 people are about the maximum we should accommodate on a first come, first You can read all about this fantastic event served basis. IN THIS ISSUE P.O. Box 2443 Durbanville • 7551 Page 3 Page 8 Page 10 Page 11 Club News Playing with From the mail box National Gathering Tel: (021) 975 9019 Cars Prize giving Cell: 082 920 0501 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.mercedesbenzclub.co.za page 1 A Word from Mercedes-Benz Did you know that as a valued Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa member, YOU now qualify for a special offer from Mercedes-Benz? This offer is only applicable to new cars that are registered and licensed in your name, and for current club members only. When purchasing a new Mercedes-Benz from participating dealers, we are offering MobiloDrive 120+ for FREE. MobiloDrive 120+ is an extension to the normal maintenance plan and covers maintenance and servicing for 6 years or 120 000 km - whichever come first. There are also additional quarterly model-specific offers, which will be communicated through the club. To take advantage of these offers, contact your preferred Mercedes-Benz dealer and tell them that you are a “Special Groups” customer. You will need to bring along your Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa membership card for their records. For more information, please e-mail us at email@example.com Tracy Bergman I don't know what I was thinking when I volunteered to take over the Benz Lens, but barely had the words been spoken when Graham cried “Great! Thanks! Here are the keys. Bye!” And that probably about sums up how relieved he was to relinquish this position. However, for those of you who resist change, Graham will actually be here for some time yet looking over my shoulder until the training wheels come off, so fear not. I realize that I have some pretty big shoes to fill, as Graham has done an outstanding job on our newsletter over the past few years. Nevertheless, I am up to the challenge and look forward to hearing any comments that you may have. In this edition, you will find the regular features, as well as a number of new features: 'Meet our Members' is where we ask four of our members to answer STOP PRESS! a few questions about themselves and in this edition, the president and some ANDRE KOLVER – REST IN PEACE of our committee members come under the spotlight. There is a feature on the W126 series, a 'Comings and Goings' section which tracks the It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our newly elected chairman of the Free State region, Andre movement of cars within the club, 'In the Pits' is an overview of club Kolver. Having spent the day with him at PMB Cars in members involved in motorsport and there is the first in a series of the Park, his recent passing was a shock to one and classic Brockbank cartoons. With this being the AGM edition, there is all. Andre did everything in style and was a humble also coverage of the recent national gathering. and down to earth man that knew what he wanted out of life. His passion for cars was evident in his love Please remember that this is your magazine, and I encourage for classics. He grew up with Cadillacs, which held a special place in his life - as was evident at the George you to send me as much material as you can to fill these show this year. We have not only lost a loyal club pages. We would all love to hear about your cars, work in member, but a great friend, and he will be sadly progress restorations, funny events, or anything else missed. Our condolences to Elsa and the children. that may be of interest to fellow members. His memory will be with us for a long time. Grant Steve Rademeyer page 2 2-DOOR DAY AT MANDELA SQUARE: A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE Calendar of Events / Club News 2-DOOR DAY AT MANDELA SQUARE: A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE WESTERN CAPE REGION Since I first heard about Mr. Basil Wesson's collection, I couldn't wait to see his variety of convertible cars. These cars are stabled in Ceres, a beautiful 1 ½ hour drive from Cape Town, which made it even more The Western Cape is pleased to report continued growth, enthusiasm, tempting for club members to get their Mercedes out, do a final dust off passion and support for our brand, the Three Pointed Star. and stretch those legs onto the winding road. No wonder this run was booked out 2 months in advance. After every car received a “Goody Bag” filled with exciting things to February Meeting – Franschoek Motor Museum keep everyone busy along the way, we departed at 08:30. We made a quick stop in Wellington to allow Pieter du Toit and his party to join the convoy, before we snaked through beautiful gorges and over the The Club held the monthly club meeting for February at the Most Beautiful Car majestic Mitchell's Pass to arrive in Ceres in style at 10:00. Museum in Africa, and one of the most beautiful set museums in the WORLD. On a perfect summers evening at 18h00 we gathered on L'ormarins Wine First stop was Basil's collection, stockpiled at three different locations. Farm at the Franschhoek Motor Museum’s, drank wonderful wine and had a There was even a SL for the kids to play with. short meeting. At 19h00 we had a very special introduction to three of the museums vehicles. From childhood, Basil has always been fiddling with cars. Whenever there was something wrong with his dad's car or bakkie, he would do The Three Vehicles presented were the Mercedes-Benz 540K, the Austro small repairs - earning him the right to test drive the vehicle. At that Daimler and the CLK DTM - one of 100 manufactured. The 540K and the DTM stage, the Austin Sevens were very popular and he was forever busy share the lineage from the 30's to the 2000's in the capacity of the engine and repairing or restoring one. Basil says, "I was never a good student, the use of the supercharger. The DTM, just like the 540K, has a 5.4 liter engine because I was at the scrap yard more than I was in class. Eventually, I – 68 years apart but totally connected! ended up working for Dunlop". He says that because Dunlop was big in motor racing in those days, it was not long before he ended up We all had drives around the museum inner circle and the smiles and participating in rallies & racing. In 1957, his dad urged him to preserve adoration was palpable. Dennis Porter remembered from his schooldays how a pristine Austin 7, rather than race it. That was when he started the son of Mr. Marais was brought to school in the Austro Daimler on Sunday collecting cars. He now has 140 running cars. afternoons, and the pleasure that he and others with longer memories got from finally sitting in these cars was enough to make the whole outing a great event. We stood around taking in the smells, flowing lines and colours of the 3 cars on display, and like true “petrol heads”, we were also able to enter and visit the four display halls which were open for members to stroll in and out and view the 80 cars on display at any one time. It is a true sensory overload and a place for each and every car person to regularly visit when cars on display change. The Museum is open every day of the week (excluding MONDAYS) from 10 am to 3pm (out by 4pm). Their website is www.fmm.co.za and the club would like to thank Wayne Harley, the Curator, for making this visit possible. Ceres Outing – 29 March 2009 Then it was the stomach's turn to shout and at 13:00 we rushed back down to the Ceres Inn for a splendid buffet lunch, enjoyed with the exquisite sponsored wines from the only cellar in the Ceres appellation - what a life! After lunch we tackled the dreaded Bain's Kloof back to Cape Town, testing brakes, tyres, steering, acceleration, patience and relationships. A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors on this trip, Wine Concepts, Koelfontein, Overgaauw, La Vie de Luc, the great escape, Cape Deli, Aqua D'or, Forktruck Solutions, Ryno Wilson & Associates and Bryan Slingers. page 3 Coming Events 30 May 2009 - Oude Molen Brandy Museum and Lunch in Grabouw, but subject to confirmation. Contact Dave Venter: (021) 859 2517 (work), (021) 859 3192 (fax) or cell 082 577 0578 27 June 2009 – Weekend outing to Sutherland. Contact Dirk v.d. Westhuizen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 284 8557 26 July 2009 – Lunch at Hout bay Harbour, Fish Restaurant. Contact Okkie: email@example.com or 082 4402 019 CENTRAL REGION by Chris Kuhn 2009 started with a bang! The George Show in January is a great way to get the motoring year going and the trip down there is always a highlight - a must do for any members who haven't been there yet! We are experiencing an upsurge in new members in the region, which is great! A bring & braai was held at Gerrie Lessing's house Gerrie has a beautiful collection of cars and model cars! and we had 3 new members signing up, including my wife, Rensche with her “new” Ponton. page 4 NORTHERN REGION ARMOURER'S PLACE LUNCH – 22 March 2009 by Maxim Erdmann According to Wikipedia, Frühschoppen is explained as follows: it began in the rural areas of Germany as a Sunday brunch, usually taking place in a German microbrewery. During Frühschoppen, discussions about everyday life and politics take place and in the corner of the microbrewery or Festzelt, there would typically be a traditional band playing Volksmusik. It has become quite a tradition in the Northern Region to attend the Frühschoppen at Armourer's Place, an Austrian restaurant owned and run by the Weissnar Family. This year was no different, so on the 22nd March, off we went to attend this year's festivities. This was my first time at a Frühschoppen, and this venue has become well known amongst the fun- seekers, who enjoy good food with a wide selection of wines, beer and Schnapps (over 100!) in the cordial and swinging atmosphere of Germany's Beer-halls. When I arrived at the Beer Hall with wife, kids and mom in tow, (sounds like a great place to take kids hey!!), the music was already in full swing, although the Oompah band had not yet started blowing on their bellows yet. I arrived just after 11am, and it felt like I was late, with the beer that was already flowing, the chatter in the air and the shrieks of laughter all around. People were sitting in their Kaiser Stüber (beer-hall bench style seats) and swaying from side-to-side. Not only was the Mercedes-Benz Club there, but the restaurant was celebrating 21 years of being in business, thus the Schnapps and beer flowed freely - one eine Kleines after another. An eine Kleines is a Schnapps followed by a beer, once the local "Hop! Hop! Hopassa!" toast has been given. The restaurant delivers great Austrian Gemütlichkeit and cuisine: Eisbein and roasts of the day with dumplings and Sauerkraut. There was singing and dancing and schunkel (swaying) at the tables as the Oompah band got into full swing. Fun was had by all, but I had to leave earlier than others due to family commitments. However, the festivities went on into the very late afternoon. Thank you once again to Ernst de Meynier for arranging and coordinating such a fantastic day. You can be sure that I will not miss next year's festivities!! I am sure that many of the merry crowd utilised their designated driver privileges for the day. page 5 CONSOLIDATED AUCTION – 28 MARCH 2009 LAST AND FINAL CALL........ by Maxim Erdmann T h i s l o n g b i d d i n g o p e n e d a t R 6 0 0 0 0 0 , t h e n anticipated auction “R650...R700...R750...R900...R950....do I hear One Million? I have one was held at Consolidated million, one million, one million.... do I have any advances on One Auctioneers in Johannesburg Million? All done! One million for the First, One million for the Second, on Saturday 28 March with their One million for the Third and final call.......SOLD!!!” However don't offering of Classic and Collectable always believe what you hear, as on this car the reserve was not met cars. There were some very heavy and the car was not sold. There is, however, or so I am led to believe, a batters up for auction on the day, not pending offer on the car. only Mercedes, but a number of other The car that went for the highest amount of the day was the ever classics: 1930 Ford Roadster, 1904 beautiful W100 600 SWB limousine, with the hammer falling at a Oldsmobile, 1976 Rolls Royce Camarque whopping R1 300 000. Even at the price the reserve was not met, but is (Number 1 of 375), 1902 Peugeot, 1925 pending on offer subsequent to the auction. Below is a list of the Chevrolet Soft Top, 1920 Ford Model T Roadster, Mercedes-Benz vehicles that went on offer, and the results once the 1970 Jaguar E-type, 1939 Daimler DB, 1948 Nash dust and the excitement had settled: Ambassador- it was a lineup of some great stuff to fall under the hammer that day. 1957 W180 219 Ponton Sold R 45,000.00 The viewing room was electric on the morning of the 1952 W186 300 Cabriolet No Sale @ R 1m (offer pending) 1967 W100 600 Limo No Sale @ R 1,3m (offer pending) auction, with bidders coming to have a look-see at all the 1952 W186 300 Saloon Sold R 280,000.00 wares on offer for the day. You could have sworn that it was W126 Limo No Sale @ R 77,500.00 an official club outing with the number of club members 1970 W114 250CE Coupe Sold R 38,500.00 there to look at the cars, among others Louis Coetzer, Thys 1982 R107 280SL No Sale @ R 62,500.00 Willemse, Nevil Quixley, Ray Dyker and Hercu van der Walt. It 1979 R107 450SL Sold R 65,000.00 was also great to see Gerhard Pieterson. 1964 W110 200D Sold R 25,000.00 1971 W109 300SEL 3.5 No Sale @ R 135,000.00 Gerhard's main interest was to see what the 1952 300 Cabriolet (offer pending) would go for, as he's busy building up a similar car. (I hope to 1967 W111 230S Default sale @ R 20,000.00 have a comprehensive story from Gerhard about this car soon - 1988 W124 300CE No Sale (Reserve not met @ R70K) Ed). Gerhard shared some very interesting information, not only 1994 W129 600SL No Sale (Reserve not met @ R600K) about the Cabriolet, but also about the 300 Adenauer and the 1979 R107 350SL Sold R 40,000.00 Dora that were on offer for the day. Gerhard is really a wealth of 1978 R107 450SL No Sale 1977 W107 350SLC No Sale knowledge in respect to these cars and you can sit and listen to 1979 W107 450SLC Sold R 25,000.00 the little pearls of information that filter through in a conversation 1969 W108 280S Manual Sold R 62,500.00 with him for hours. I have no doubt that if I were fortunate 1952 W186 Dora (Incomplete) Sold R 120,000.00 enough to purchase one of these beautiful vehicles, he is the guy 1983 W126 380SEL No Sale that I would contact to make sure that I am buying the right car. 2000 W460 300GE Gelandewagen Sold R 40,000.00 I was told that there were bidders interested in the cars from all 1956 W120 180 Ponton Sold R 20,000.00 1987 C126 560SEC Withdrawn over South Africa, Namibia, United Kingdom, USA, Ireland, Scotland and one from somewhere in Europe, whose bids would If a bid is not accepted on the day, you can go to the auctioneer be handled telephonically. The auction started with huge afterwards and negotiate on the car that has not been sold, but you excitement when auctioneer Chico Da Silva explained how CANNOT do that on a car that has been sold. So take your chances and things were going to work, among some of the rules included a take that gamble - maybe you can pick yourself up a gem for a bargain buyers commission of 9.12% over and above the purchase price, like the stunning W114 250CE Coupe that sold for a bargain- amount on the fall of the hammer, plus a R 1,000.00 (incl basement-price of R38 500. Or you can buy at over-the-top prices - you VAT) vehicle documentation fee. This is where you either just have to watch how you bid. If you look at some of the sale prices, I have to do your homework or be aware of these things don't think some of the sellers did that badly either, but if you put your when you bid, as there are costs over-and-above what reserve on your car at over-the-top prices, you won't get very far either. you bid. One has to consider if the final figure you are What an interesting day filled with excitement and intrigue. Auctions prepared to pay for the vehicle includes or excludes are well worth a visit to find that illusive bargain, or to hear: 'Are we all this figure. done? For the last-and-final-call.......SOLD!” As all auctioneers do, they build up the hype and atmosphere, so that the bidders get anxious to start bidding before the first offer is put Coming Events on the table. The first Mercedes-Benz out of the starting blocks was a 1957 219 Witbank Classic Motor Club – 31 May 2009 which sold for R45 000, and next up was the 1952 300 Cabriolet, This will be held at the Witbank High School sports grounds. Entrance is which created a lot of R20.00 per adult and scholars R10.00. Secure parking is available. It's interest prior to the sale. an exhibition of vintage, veteran & classic cars, motor bikes, hot rods, With two bidders on racing cars and more. There will be a radio controlled aerial display and page 6 the phone and two an area provided for a car boot sale. on the floor, KZN REGION PRETORIA CARS IN THE PARK - 2nd August 2009 Marmic Day - Saturday 7th March 2009 by Chris Carlisle-Kitz This will be held at Zwartkops Raceway, and is the car show with the largest attendance by far, of all the car shows in the country, we will have Saturday was a lovely sunny day in Durban, although we did have some access to the Dynamic Driving Center again, so it will be comfortable for anxious moments on the way down from Pietermaritzburg, when the all show-goers and cars. clouds came over and down came the rain, but fortunately only for about five minutes. Arnold Hohls had organized transport in the form of a demo luxury 7 seater bus with a 320CDI motor…. What a fabulous vehicle! SOUTHERN CAPE REGION Arnold had picked up brother Erold and me, Chris Carlisle-Kitz, and we SUIDKAAP BRING EN BRAAI, RIVERSIDE WOONWAPARK, KLEIN BRAKRIVIER deur Leon Diedericks Sondag 8 Maart het ons Suidkaapstreek op 'n heerlike windstil somersdag bymekaar getrek by Riverside wat op die wal van die Klein Brakrivier geleë is. Ek, Kobus, Marietjie en Johan Sloet was al vroeg daar om ons plek onder die bome af te baken. Die groep het vinnig groter geword en ons was 21 in totaal. Waldo moes Rene huis toe stuur om die hond, wat onwelkom was, terug te neem George toe. Sy het later weer by ons aangesluit. Falk Weyand het ook kom kuier en vir ons sy Duitse weergawe van "Night Rider" kom wys – 'n 1989 560 SEL AMG LHD. Die motor is te koop teen R55000. Dit was lekker om Akker en sy familie daar te hê en soos gebruiklik het hy 'n lafenissie uitgedeel en moes almal witblits uit sy horingkie drink. Gou het die reuk ven brandende rooipitjie en wattel vure in die lug gehang en spoedig was daar enigiets wat gewissel het van skaaptjops en steak tot gemarineerde heerlikhede op die kole. Dit is werklik so dat 'n dag in die natuur saam met goeie vriende meer geniet word as 'n ete in 'n formele eetplek en sal daar gepoog word om meer sulke dae te reel. Ander besoekers aan die kamp het then travelled in luxury to Ottawa, just inland from Umhlanga Rocks on dit geniet om die mooi STERRE te bewonder. Menige van ons het deur die the north coast. Eric Robert of Marmic Used Spares was there to meet us middagslapie gekuier en glo ek dat almal 'n vroeë aand gehad het. Kobus se and host our morning with the old cars. New member Greg Barnes in his gaste uit die noorde het so lekker gekuier dat hulle besluit het om 'n week W203 AMG C55 was already there together with possible new member langer te bly. Met die wete dat die AJV om die draai is, sien ons al uit daarna Mohamed (Mo) Badrodeen. These two men are well known businessmen om die lede van ander streke hier te verwelkom. from PMB and long time Mercedes enthusiasts. Ingrid and Dave Roux in their SLK 230 were there too and we were soon deep in conversation Benz groete about the KZN Region and its future. Roland Davey followed in his W107 Die Suid-Kapenaars 450SL, Louwrens Coetzer and his wife together with their young son, arrived in a slick Land Rover Discovery and Jaco van der Walt who has two lovely Mercedes arrived in his now familiar green Honda Civic. Arthur and Jeanette Neubauer with their 126 380SE were welcomed by all and Anna- Lee Dos Santos also joined us in her new C180 Kompressor. We then made our way through the scrap yard to the warehouse which houses most of the cars. On our way in I met with another possible new member, Derrick Larsen, a Durban Garage Proprietor. Well it really is a small world, after some discussion between us, we found that we were at school together many years ago in central Tanzania… Both of us are East African Safari enthusiasts, so we were lost in discussion for quite a while! About ten years ago, Eric Robert bought over one thousand 1930's 40's 50's and 60's cars, ranging from scrap to almost concourse, from Willy van Niekerk, the owner of Central Garage in Utrecht. The cars were bought as a business venture and today most have been sold, however, some choice cars were here for us to view and enjoy. As we approached the double storey warehouse, we found the remains of about ten old cars outside, a 1930's Dodge, a 40's Pontiac, a 60's Fintail and various other old Americans lying outside, the ravages of rust showing their lack of loving owners. We all climbed the stairs to view the first cars, about 30 in all. Obviously we headed for the Mercedes: an early Fintail 220S, a couple of 190 Pontons, another Fintail 190 and loads of mostly American cars of the 40's and 50's. A fair condition 1957 Chev had recently sold for R100K and a 60's Ford Ranchero bakkie also changed hands for R100 000. High prices! So were the asking prices of many of the other vehicles. The very page 7 original, but needing work, 1956 190 at R85000.00 was considered by everyone to be an astronomic price. Wow!! The cars are generally in good to great restorable condition. Practically all the cars need some sort of restoration in order to make them presentable, remembering that they were bought and stored many years ago just as they had come off the road. Photos will tell a better story about what is there. We all climbed the stairs to view the first cars, about 30 in all. Obviously we headed for the Mercedes: an early Fintail 220S, a couple of 190 Pontons, another Fintail 190 and loads of mostly American cars of the 40's and 50's. A fair condition 1957 Chev had recently sold for R100K and a 60's Ford Ranchero bakkie also changed hands for R100 000. High prices! So were the asking prices of many of the other vehicles. The very original, but needing work, 1956 190 at R85000.00 was considered by everyone to be an astronomic price. Wow!! The cars are generally in good to great restorable condition. Practically all the cars need some sort of restoration in order to make them presentable, remembering that they were bought and stored many years ago just as they had come off the road. Photos will tell a better story about what is there. On the ground floor were about 30 other gems for sale, also “PLAYING WITH CARS” DAY: requiring a fair amount of work to restore. The guys spent much time around a 300SEL 6.3 - Jaco wanted it, but finally decided SUNDAY, 14 MARCH 2009 by Chris Carlisle-Kitz that it was too much work at the R150K price tag. Arnold spent a lot of time with a 280SE 3.5. I idly toyed with the idea of a “Rat Jaco van der Walt from Amanzimtoti visited me at my workshop in Car” 300 Adenauer, but soon joined the small crowd around a Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 14 March for a morning of messing about with 1935 130H, which would be a great project…… A W110 230, cars. It actually turned out to be a morning and afternoon, which proves that W114 230 bakkie, then on to the other makes. A gorgeous we had lots of fun in and around old Mercedes (and we looked at my 1958 Cadillac convertible resplendent with powder blue immaculate old Cortina, which took up very little time!). paintwork and many other American sedans and coupes were also for sale. I was in my workshop by 05:30am with a small project painting primer on the roll cage of Race Car, before Jaco arrived at 09:30am in his trusty green It was all too much to take in with the time available, Honda, having decided that the weather was certainly not W113 weather. It however everyone was able to spend some quality time was drizzling with rain and cold, so he left his SL in its garage. with the cars of their choice and when it was time to bid farewell to Eric, our very knowledgeable host, we took Jaco arrived with his W113, W114 and W108 parts manual - all in his head with us memories of an interesting day with good nogal! He has an incredible knowledge of these cars stored away in his brain, friends old and new. which he can access at a moment's notice. Information, part numbers and technical detail are always at hand. This proved most useful as we We adjourned to Ocean Basket at Umhlanga Rocks progressed from the cars in my workshop to the “Stores Departments”. I am for lunch. Sadly Louwrens and Derrick had other at present moving from the “old” store to a “new” one. When I originally appointments, so were unable to join us. A moved to the “old” store, it was in a great hurry, with the result that lots of lively party ensued over a welcome meal parts were dumped in piles on the floor or mixed up in old tea chests. A together with much networking as well as somewhat slower and much more controlled move to the “new store” is now some interesting car talk. So ended a taking place. memorable outing. The stores contain the remains of at least six W111's, which I have stripped over the years, together with a W126 300SE, which I stripped a while ago, as well as some W108 parts. Jaco was able to find some parts for his 230SL Pagoda, which are common to page 8 the W111's. We had an interesting hour or so rummaging around in the Cape winters day and brought back memories of the 2003 AGM when we dark and dingy environment of the corrugated iron shed, which houses the were literally washed away. As we looked at each other in silence we spares. Thank goodness the sun was not shining, as it becomes a real hot thought “….again??”, but it cleared up. Registration took place at Waldo's house sometimes. BENZeum and there was time spent to view his collection and meet new faces. The Round Table provided a cash bar to quench the thirst. The raffle Armed with switches, bits of seats, original hose clamps and other valuable car, a 1976 W116 280S donated by Waldo Scribante was strategically treasurers, which to the uninitiated are merely bits of junk, we headed off to parked next to the bar. Registration officials – all dressed in their blue T- the “new” store. The ”new” store, although somewhat smaller, has an shirts especially printed for the occasion as arranged by Corné Oosthuizen assortment of shelves, which are now starting to be loaded with some form - were geared for the rush and by 18h30, 108 cars and 200 delegates were of order and organization. Rear lights all together, headlamps, starter registered. The biggest AGM ever! motors, alternators, door parts and lots of suspension, steering and engine An evening to remember was held at the Alpine Inn, where we were served parts all stored together in their own dedicated spots! At last I will be able with German sausages, traditional sauerkraut, red cabbage and potatoes, to find parts easily – if you can't find what you want, you have not got it! but it was an early night for most of the guys, as they had travelled far. Friday morning started early at the Outeniqua Transport Museum. Jan Ellis Jaco found the correct brake booster for a LHD 230SL, and then we found and Kobus Lessing guided us through the Museum, where we had 30 another - common to some W111's. Both had the correct master cylinder seconds per car for a photo shoot. After the photos, coffee and pancakes on them too! Although both are old and look like rusty scrap, I am sure that were served, and by 09h30 we were ready to board the Outeniqua CHOO Jaco will refurbish one from the two. What a great day so far. Jaco has TJOE for our train trip to Mossel Bay. The route took us along the coast line promised his help with “electronic-izing” my race car distributor, as well as passed all the small villages with fantastic views of the beaches and sea. researching and hunting down information which I need. How great is the The laughter and chatting in the coaches indicated the enjoyment we all barter system! It is much more personal and among friends it just goes on had – we even had a bar for the thirsty. and on! Then we were off to Northdale to view some interesting cars. We met with Desh, a young man who plays with old Mercedes. I have known him since he was a young boy, who inherited a number of old cars from his father. Most of the cars were “strippers” and have long since gone, but he has two cars which have caught Jaco's fancy. Five or six years ago Desh bought a package of 2 stripped and partly restored cars. One is a LHD W108 280SE 3.5, the other a RHD W109 300SEL 3.5. The bodies are in excellent shape with no rust and all the parts are piled up together in a store. A major exercise to transport, sort out and Traditional fish and chips was served at the Santos Express Train store. Jaco will attempt to find a suitable place at his end to store them, Restaurant on the waterfront of Santos Beach. then make a decision on whether to proceed or not, followed by a bit of price haggling before he starts work on the project. I can see that he is keen, but The return journey was much more quiet……good food, good wine, good he is obviously contemplating the big job ahead. Jaco, it will certainly keep friendship and the rocking of the train put many to sleep. After being you out of mischief for a week or two! refreshed, we all enjoyed a four lamb spitbraai hosted by Stanmar Motors, the local Mercedes-Benz dealer. Our thanks to Bles de Wet, Stan Karandis As we wended our way back to my workshop, we pondered on the day and their staff. The setting in the show room was professionally done, feeling satisfied that, not only had we killed more than two birds with one even with model cars as decoration. stone, but also we had a most enjoyable day. Steve Rademeyer and Donnerwetter contributed to the excitement with breath taking acceleration performances up and down York Street - ZE FAST AND ZE FURIOUS! 2009 Annual General Meeting and National Waldo Scribante officially opened the 24th National Gathering, after which Gathering – By Kobus Harris supper was served and enjoyed while we were entertained with good music. And so the 24th AGM is something of the past. After the 2003 AGM held at Early Saturday morning the cars were lined up at the Protea Hotel King Hartenbosch, the Southern Cape Region had ample time to observe the George for the Fun Run Rally. The first car was set off at 08h30, Graham increasing standard, quality and fun of the last AGM's held in other regions. van Heerden, followed by all the other participants at 30 second intervals. The organizing committee started their planning last year already and by This mysterious rally made everybody very excited and more than one December's year-end function the program was well on its way. spouse had to calm the driver of the three pointed star with: “Remember The new year gave us 120 days to put the plan together and every the average speed is only 80 km per hour" Wednesday at 17h30 we had a meeting at Waldo's house. The final event was packing the 100 “goodie bags” on election day, 22nd of April. A remark Kobus Harris and Johan Sloet did an excellent job. The spectacular views was passed “Do you realize that this is our last meeting and next week they and winter fauna and flora blooming were splendid whilst driving over the are here”, and so it was. Robertson Pass. Arriving at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, all route schedules Wednesday 29 April the last preparations were done at the Outeniqua had to be handed in and it was evident that everyone had enjoyed the Transport Museum for the photo session prior to our train trip to Mossel Bay event so far. Our members were treated to various activities and a few had and back to George on Friday. Thursday 30 April was a cloudy, misty cold the experience to ride an ostrich after a demonstration on how to steer and page 9 stop an ostrich by van Zyl of Nashua; Waldo Scribante; Louis Harris of The Point Hotel; its neck. Corné Oosthuizen of Coca Cola SA; Rietha Oosthuizenfof BP South Africa; Gerrit Lambrechts of Leatherman and Ladies gift; Marius van After a drive over the Huysteen of Tekkie Town; Nico van Rensburg of Tiger Wheel and Tyre; Outeniqua Pass, the AGM George Botha of Klein Karoo Motors; Kobus Harris for the Snoek braai; started at 15h00 at the Protea Fuchs Mossel Bay; Grundheim Wines and Kango Wines. A special word Hotel King George. The ladies were of thanks to Marlize Heroldt and Adele Stander for the administration treated to a “High Tea", believed to be they managed. And especially to all the members of the Southern fit for a queen. The AGM was led by our Cape!! president Graham van Heerden and, like always, handled in a most effective manner. The present committee was re-elected for the next term after which the meeting was FROM THE MAILBOX adjourned.Our Gala evening was held at “The Venue” at Tramonto, an excellent example of Cape Dutch Architecture on the outskirts of George, which About 60 years ago I lived in Gwelo, then Rhodesia, and my passion was collecting dinky toys. My dad was a builder and he used to get rounded off three wonderful days of camaraderie. me long boxes which his carpenters bought their big 'automatic' Andre Fourie provided a display of his exotic Mercedes- screwdrivers in, called a “yankee”. I must have had about 6 of Benz cars, as well as his beautiful Maybach - a car that was these long boxes filled with dinky toys. Well the dinky toys grew to seen by many for the first time. a 1:18 scale model collection for 25 years. Needless to say the result did not end with the scale model collection, but rather 11 A short welcoming speech was delivered by Waldo Scribante, classic Mercedes-Benz' in a museum, and two awaiting restoration. followed by Graham van Heerden's president's speech. Plenty A drive to prefect them in every detail and beauty, just seems to of prizes and lucky draws where handed out: Cathy van der grow stronger and stronger. Westhuizen won the Fun run and was awarded a weekend for Developing a flair for restoration, I collected many books in assisting me to improve my skills, standards and knowledge. I came across a photo of a Pagoda taken from the rear, where the owner had mounted a chrome horse on the right side of the boot lid. With great interest I read that the chrome horse was “The Emblem of the city of Stuttgart.” This detail idea tickled me and was not going to rest until I owned one. I was very privileged to join a group visiting Germany about 3 years ago and vowed that I would bring back a number of these horses. For me, most Mercedes-Benz should be associated with their birthplace, Stuttgart - the home of about eleven Mercedes-Benz factories. Whilst I hunted every Mercedes-Benz Centre, dealer, spares shop or museum, I could two at The Point Hotel in Mossel Bay as well as a gift voucher of R only find flags and stickers with the Stuttgart horse on. 500.00 from Tekkie Town. On my return, I had breakfast with a German friend who frequently visits Germany and he promised to bring me a chrome horse. He The raffled car was won by one of our new members Hennie van kept his promise with the horse, only it belonged to a Ferrari. I took Zyl. it to my museum, and lay it on one of the stickers I bought. It was The famous Danie Niehaus entertained us to a repertoire of exactly on scale to the sticker except for 3 differences. The excellent music. Perfect surroundings and divine cuisine made Stuttgart horse's tail was more upright, its mouth was closed and this a prestigious evening to be remembered. Wines from unlike the crossed front legs of Ferrari, they were apart. I took the Springfield were once again sponsored by Pieter Meiring / SA sticker and horse to a badge and signage expert who adapted the Eagle. Ferrari horse to a perfect Stuttgart horse in every detail. I was like a dog with seven tails when viewing it and placed an order for 10 Sunday morning 30 star gazers left Stanmar Motors for reproductions. Knysna to have breakfast. It was a cloudless day and a Both my Pagodas and the W115 220 now boast their birthplace with beauty to the eye to see the long row of Mercedes- great pride, displaying the “emblem of the city of Stuttgart” on the Benz's which drew a lot of attention by the passers- right hand side of the boot lid. Whilst the Peugeot boast their Lion, by. the Porsche and Ferrari their horses, and our Mercedes the 3 On board the Paddle Cruiser of the Featherbed Co, pointed star, the Stuttgart horse has a special meaning for me. we were served breakfast while cruising across From the 1880's to our present time, a mere 130 years of the Knysna lagoon to The Knysna Heads. This technology and production, the Mercedes-Benz brand has event was the cherry on the cake. developed in every field, whether it be racing Formula 1, trucking or car manufacturing. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support: I became so aware of the proud history of our brand during my visit to Stuttgart that I developed no hesitation to display the origin of Mercedes-Benz SA; Bles De Wet my passion. For me it was “horses for courses!” of Stanmar Motors; Southern Cape Old Car Club; Hennie Regards, Okkie Potgieter page 10 NATIONAL GATHERING GALA EVENING PRIZE GIVING Winner of the Nashua Raffle – Hennie van Zyl Graham van Heerden receives a gift as outgoing Benz Lens editor Ladies Choice Winners – Best SL Winner – Jannie Gildenhuys Dirk van der Westhuizen and Fred Swanepoel Best Coupe Winner – Pat Jansens Best Fintail Winner – David Main Special Prize – Steve Rademeyer page 11 National Gathering – People RALLY WINNERS: 1st Cathy van der Westhuizen; 2nd Johan Hendricks; 3rd Pieter Moolman OLDEST CAR FROM EACH REGION: Gauteng – Fred Swanepoel 1958 220S Ponton; Free State – Willie Ludick 1970 280S W108; Western Cape – Johan Hendricks 1958 180 Ponton; Eastern Cape – Pieter Moolman 1966 230S Fintail; Southern Cape – George Botha 1956 180 Ponton; KZN – Dave Roux 1997 SLK230 Kompressor BEST CARS: Best SL – Jannie Gildenhuys (Pagoda); Best Coupe – Pat Jansens (W123); Best Cabriolet – Graham van Heerden (W124); Best Sedans – Fred Swanepoel (Ponton); David Main (Fintail); Dirk van der Westhuizen (W108) SPECIAL PRIZE: Steve Rademeyer (Donnerwetter) page 12 National Gathering – Cars page 13 MEET OUR MEMBERS Graham van Heerden What's your nickname? None How old are you? 49 Where do you live? Durbanville, Cape Town What is your occupation? Businessman/ Advocate Are you married? Family? Married – 1 Son, 1 Daughter What was the family car when you were growing up? Valiant What car did you learn to drive in? Mini 850 What was the first car you owned? Ford Cortina 1600 Super 1968 What do you drive daily? Colt Bakkie / S124 230TE What was your first Mercedes-Benz? W126 280SE What is your ultimate dream machine? Stirling Moss 722SLR Congratulations, you've just won the Lotto. What car are you going to buy? Gullwing Steve Rademeyer What's your nickname? Steve How old are you? 62 going on 17 Where do you live? Brakpan What is your occupation? Pharmacist Are you married? Family? Married with two sons What was the family car when you were growing up? Fords and Pontiac Silver Streak What car did you learn to drive in? Ford Fairlane What was the first car you owned? Renault 4CV What do you drive daily? Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 W201 What was your first Mercedes-Benz? Mercedes-Benz 280SL W113 What is your ultimate dream machine? Mercedes-Benz Black Series Congratulations, you've just won the Lotto. What car are you going to buy? Mercedes-Benz Black Series Dirk van der Westhuizen What's your nickname? Wessie How old are you? 52 Where do you live? Durbanville - Cape Town What is your occupation? Self Employed - Forklift Business Are you married? Family? Married to Cathy - 2 Sons 27, 22 What was the family car when you were growing up? Few, mostly Valiants What car did you learn to drive in? Valiant 200 1968 What was the first car you owned? Mazda 616 Coupe What do you drive daily? Isuzu Bakkie What was your first Mercedes-Benz? W203 200K What is your ultimate dream machine? W112 300SE Cabriolet Congratulations, you've just won the Lotto. What car are you going to buy? 600 Pullman Limousine page 14 Maxim Erdmann What's your nickname? Well that's a tough one, my name is Maximillian, shortened to Maxim and then for some reason others prefer to shorten it to Max, but you can call me M. How old are you? 264, I've found the fountain of youth. Where do you live? In the Berg …………Johannesburg What is your occupation? We design, manufacture and install custom made furniture, specializing in bars. Are you married? Family? To Janine. Besides naming the entire clan (remember I'm 264), I have two sons Jarad (4) and Ethan (almost 2) What was the family car when you were growing up? Too many to mention, but Mercedes-Benz: 70's something W114 240D Auto (Yellow, yuk!); 1981 W123 230E Man; W124 260E Man; 1989 W124 300CE…… and then I was kicked out the house. What car did you learn to drive in? Mazda B1600 Bakkie column-shift - I stole it from my dad and taught myself to drive. What was the first car you owned? 1967 Ford Anglia Delux 1200 What do you drive daily? Toyota Prado 3.0D What was your first Mercedes-Benz? 190D Ponton What is your ultimate dream machine? For Driving: McLaren SLR 722; For Posing: McLaren SLR Cabriolet; For Playing: CLK DTM Black Series; For Owning: SSK Congratulations, you've just won the Lotto. What car are you going to buy? If it's the South African lotto, I'd have to shop in the 'Bargain Buys' in the Auto Trader. Seriously though, as a daily driver I would buy myself a CLS55 and for fun a W112 Cabrio. THE W126 'S' CLASS It's hard to believe that the W126 series celebrates its 30th birthday this year. After six ye a r s of development, the Bruno Sacco designed W126 series was unveiled at the F r a n k f u r t International Motor Show in September 1979. However, the W126 'S' Class only reached South African shores three years later in 1982. This was the second generation Mercedes-Benz to carry the 'S' Class name, the W116 being the page 15 f i r s t officially recognized 'S' Class. The W126 went on to become the best selling 'S' Class ever over a twelve year period. Throughout its life, the W126 was available as either a six cylinder, or as an eight cylinder. The initial lineup consisted of the carburetor 280S, the fuel injected 280SE, the long-wheel- base 280SEL, the diesel 300SD (US and Canada only), the V8 380SE, 380SEL, 380SEC and the flagship 500SE, 500SEL and 500SEC. Transmissions were offered in both manual and automatic, although the eight cylinder models were only available in automatic. In South Africa, the 'S' Class was restricted to the 280SE, 380SE and flagship 380SEC, all models only being available with an automatic transmission. In May 1982, the 280SE was listed at R30 494 and the 380SE at R36 422. The 380SEC was listed in March 1983 at R64 330. Visually, the W126 was a huge leap forward from the design of the W116. It was a lot more aerodynamic and featured a distinctively sloping front end with integrated deformable polyurethane bumpers - a big change from the traditional chrome bumpers on previous and current models of the time. The bonnet e d g e closest to the windscreen was aerodynamically shaped to hide the windscreen wipers. Certain safety features that are taken for granted today were pioneered on the W126: driver's side airbags, Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR) and seatbelt pre-tensioners. The W126 underwent a facelift in September 1985 with the introduction of new engines and certain visual design changes. The biggest visual change was the introduction of new deeper bumpers and side panels, where the side panels were now smooth as opposed to the old ribbed panels. Allow wheels were also redesigned to replace the traditional old “Baroque” style alloys, which had been around since the page 16 early seventies. In South Africa, the new lineup consisted of the six cylinder 300SE, the V8 420SE and the 560SEC, although the 420SE was later superseded by the 500SE. Elsewhere, the W126 range consisted of the 260SE, 300SE, 300SEL, 350SD and 350SDL diesels, 420SE, 420SEL, 420SEC, 500SE, 500SEL, 500SEC, 560SE, and 560SEL. The rarest W126 is the 560SE (1251 units) built from 1988- 1990, closely followed by the 350SD (2066 units) and the 350SDL (2925 units), both diesels being produced from 1990-1991. 1966 W110 230S flagship Interestingly, the 420SE, which was themanual of the sedan range in South Africa for a time, is also a rare W126 with only 13 996 units being built. By comparison, 74 017 420SEL's were built, 133 955 280SE's and 105 422 300SE's. The 380SE was awarded the Wheels Magazine “Car of the Year” accolade in 1981, and the W126 range was awarded the “Safest Passenger Car of the Year” by the US NHTSA in 1988 and 1989. For four years in a row, with the W126 range leading its sales, Mercedes- Benz received the highest customer ratings in the J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index from 1987 – 1990. The W126 was probably the last bulletproof model to come from Mercedes-Benz. Its relative lack of technology means that problems are easy to diagnose and repair, and because of the quality of materials and engineering, a well maintained W126 will go on and on for thousands of reliable kilometers. Thanks to Andrew Hempel, Pieter Venter, Isaac Louw and LeFre Potgieter for pictures of their 560SELs, as well as Johan Sloet and Waldo Scribante for the pictures of the 560SEC 1968 W110 200Manual page 17 Comings and Goings Izak Louw has sold his W123 280TE to Michael Funke, and bought himself a W126 560SEL. These cars seem to be popular at the moment, as Le Fre Potgieter has also just bought one. Another 560SEL has been acquired by Steve Rademeyer on behalf of his techno wizard, Eddie. Andre Fourie has acquired Raymond Leisher's W100 600 and W186 300 Cabriolet. Adriaan Ludick has bought himself a rare W115 240D 3.0 from Anthony van Zyl, which was advertised on the website forum. Fred Swanepoel has bought a W136 170D and is progressing very nicely with its restoration. Frik Roux is now barking with the big dogs, having bought himself a 300SEL 6.3 with the engine in pieces. He's making excellent progress in getting this car back to its former glory. Louis Coetzer has added another car to his vast collection – he bought himself a very tidy W114 250CE at the Germiston Auction. Yogin Naidoo has been spending again and has recently added a 560SEC, as well as a very rare C107 500SLC to his garage. Rensche Kuhn has joined the Ponton circle with a very neat and original 1958 190. Why you should join the our website forum The forum is becoming more active every month, but remains largely underutilized by our members. Not only is it a place for social interaction, but it's a valuable tool to find parts or technical assistance almost instantly. Furthermore, there are cars that come up for sale on the forum that are not mentioned in the Benz Lens, or by the time they make it to the Benz Lens, they have already been sold a long time ago. There are also continuous threads about ongoing restorations – you can catch the whole story about Steve Rademeyer's Donnerwetter, Fred Swanepoel's restoration of his 170D, Chris Carlisle-Kitz racing Fintail project and Frik Roux's restoration of his 300SEL 6.3, just to mention a few. A new section specifically for suppliers has now been added, so if you're looking for someone who makes brake pipes, or someone to repair your temperature gauge, visit the Supplier Listing. If you're not on the forum yet, register today. If there are any hassles with registration, please contact Waldo Scribante. In the Pits There was a good turnout of Mercedes-Benz racers at the Golden Age of Racing, held at Zwartkops at the beginning of February. Selwyn and Michael Roberts were out in their two W123 280E's, which must be of the best sounding cars on the track. The exhaust note is distinctive and pure music. A welcome entry was Colin Kean in his newly finished W123 280CE, which is being run with its standard auto transmission. Colin entered in the 'Marque Cars' event, which is held on a handicap basis. The slowest car sets off first, followed by the next slowest car at a determined time interval, with the fastest car leaving last. The theory is that all the cars should arrive at the finish line at the same time, which gives anyone in any car the possibility of winning the event. Colin had tremendous fun, and has subsequently been developing his car further since its debut race. The Finny was a disappointing two seconds off pace, but performed well enough. I managed some exciting dices with Alfas and Lotus Cortinas, and managed to push the Cortinas far page 18 CLASSIFIED ADS enough to blow their motors. There were a number of club For Sale members' who were out for the day to join in the fun: Clive 1981 280 SL Winterstein and Tanya, Gary Bowes, Izak Louw, Thys Willemse, Car presently owned for 6 years is in a very good condition. FSH, David Main, Hercu van der Walt, Michael Funke and Wayne Gibson. new shocks and springs, new radiator, new exhaust, new tyres, We are waiting eagerly for Maxim Erdmann to get his Ponton racer original paint, new radio/ CD front loader (Original Becker still onto the track, as well as Chris Carlisle-Kitz' Fintail racer. available), interior good - no dashboard cracks and soft top still A website has been launched all about the Finny, so please pay a in good condition. R129 000. Phone 082 560 0202 visit and sign the guestbook: www.myfinnyracer.co.za 1982 MB 500SL White, leather seats, Air Con, e/w, central locking, Radio/cd, soft Brockbank top like new, mag wheels, 225.000 Km. Very good condition. R 120 000 onco. Contact Joe Janssens 083 235 1101. The car is in Pretoria. Pictures can be e-mailed. Russell Brockbank (1913-1979) was one of the world's foremost motoring cartoonists, with his work appearing in magazines like 1952/1953 180 Diesel Motor and Punch. His association with Punch lasted for over 30 The car is not in good condition but all the spares are there - has years, where he was art editor from 1949–1960. 'Major Upsett', his no papers. All offers considered. Contact Hannetjie Kemp 076 luckless but much loved character, appeared regularly in the pages 978 0146. of Motor, and below is the first in a series of Brockbank's Mercedes- Benz themed cartoons. 1980 W123 280E Automatic 285000km, light metallic green with light brown upholstery (not leather). A/C and speed control not working. R14000 as-is o.n.c.o. Call 0877543632 (Gauteng, Pretoria) 1965 W111 230S Fintail I have a 1965 Mercedes 230s non-runner for sale. The car has no lights, but a new engine which I cannot start. No carbs. Can only be used for spares. The price is R2000neg. Contact Johann Bongartz via e-mail: JohannB@goldings.co.za 1958 300d 'Dora' Right-hand-drive runner for restoration with fuel injection. Black/silver with red interior. All parts present and car runs. Phone: 0829206291 1979 R107 450 SL This editions prize pic 128 000km's - perfect. New cream carpets and new dark blue soft top. Light Blue Silver metallic with Cream Leather interior. Aircon, original Becker Radio tape. R145 000 onco Phone: 0829206291 1980 C107 450 SLC 67 000km. Off white with pale green velour, FMBSH, Original Radio, Immaculate Car. In Cape Town - Beautiful and perfect car. R140 000 onco - Probably the best SLC in SA Phone: 0829206291 1964 W111 220S Fintail Dove grey with red leather upholstery. Interior in nice condition with original Phillips radio, which still works. Has a full set of original books. Needs a re-spray, and engine smokes a bit, but the car runs well and is reliable. Currently licensed. Nice Johan Coetzee trades his turbo for something with a bit more 'woema' restoration project and selling due to lack of use and lack of (Thanks to Hans-Georg Bosch) space. R25 000. Contact Grant Viljoen 083 442 5833 page 19 mercedes-benz club of south africa The only officially recognised Mercedes-Benz Club in Africa Member of the SA Marque Club Association graham van heerden theo claassen President Treasurer T: (h) (021) 976 2934 T: (h) (021) 852 5928 T: (w) (021) 975 9019 T: (w) (021) 854 7301 F: (021) 975 9999 • Cell: 082 920 0501 F: (021) 853 8911 • Cell: 082 654 7300 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com P.O. 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Box 3221, Durbanville, 7551 pieter moolman George Padley Chris Carlisle-Kitz Chairman: Eastern Cape webmaster Chairman: KZN T: 0861 112 118 (work) T: (h) (043) 721 3045 F: 086 684 8768 T: (033) 347 3000 Cell: 083 780 4727 Cell: 083 539 5916 Cell: 082 966 3463 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: E-mail: email@example.com 10 Buchholtz Straat, Vincent, firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 2353, Pietermaritzburg, 3200 Oos Londen, 5247 Club approved 1) Pieter Meiring 2) Glenrand MIB (Mandy Barrett) 3) Indwe Brokers (Thelma Krugel) Insurance brokers: Cell: 082 557 0100 Tel: (011) 293 2511 Tel: (021) 914 0752 waldo scribante Life Members: Sir Stirling Moss Steve Rademeyer Philip Kannemeyer Chairman: Southern Cape Ettienne Geel Ria Geel T: (h) (044) 870 7809 T: (w) (044) 803 5011 F: 086 684 0235 Membership Secretary CLASSIFIED ADS T: (044) 803 5012 Southern Cape Cell: 083 627 6757 Wanted E-mail: email@example.com W124 Cabriolet P.O. Box 999, George, 6530 Note: membership secretary is only available on I'm looking for a 124 E320 Cabriolet to buy - contact wednesdays between 9:00am - 12:00pm 0829040936 Morne Du Toit W124 Coupe I am looking for a Mercedes-Benz W124 230CE in 450 SLC Spares pristine original condition, preferably with sunroof Ek het 'n 1977 450 SLC wat ek nou onlangs na n paneel klopper toe and leather seats. I am based in Johannesburg geneem het vir n repsray en vir n herbkleding aan die binnekant . Na northern suburbs. Please contact me on 083 447 'n paar maande het ek my motor terug gekry met baie skade, onder 7111 Craig Canter andere baie binne items wat weg is, asook al die deur en venster rubbers. Weet iemand in die klub waar 'n skenker kar staan, of waar ek parte kan kry? Die meeste sal binne wees. My kontak nommer is 0823355479 of epos jaap.vdw@absa .co.za (Parys) PLEASE NOTE: The placement of ads is a service rendered to our members. Neither the editor nor the committee accepts any liability pertaining to condition or ownership of goods advertised. It remains the responsibility of the reader to investigate these issues before closing any transaction. DISCLAIMER: The Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa, although an authorized user of the Mercedes-Benz Trademarks, is an independent organisation and the views expressed in the Newsletter are not necessarily those Mercedes Benz SA, Daimler AG or the Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH.* Opinions expressed are those of the individual contributors and should not be interpreted as official club policy. While great care has been exercised in the compilation of the material published, members are advised to personally verify information, statements and claims before committing themselves to acts on transactions. * Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH is a Daimler Company. page 20
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