4th QUARTER 2012                                                                                    VOLUME 50 ISSUE: 4
Upcoming Events
Holiday Meeting
More NYC-LI Section News
Upcoming 2013 Events!!!
Renewed Members
President's Message
Dear Ben,

Holiday Party / Annual Membership Meeting Is our next Event!!!  This is our premiere seasonal meeting.  Details below! Stay tuned for 2013 Announcements. There are more pictures on our Facebook page.  Please visit and "LIKE" us. Thank you.



Your Board of Directors
December 2 - Sunday - Annual Membership Meeting/ Holiday Party.
Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
Traditionally, the NYC-Long Island Section gathers at the elegant, The Inn at New Hyde Park -  www.innatnhp.com . For 2012, we have secured the Conservatory banquet room on the main-level /street level, easily accessible for all. There is a  patio adjacent to the room overlooking the garden. Join us and share season wishes with fellow M-B members.
The menu includes six entree choices. One often requested menu item is Sauerbraten. .
In gratitude for your membership, The Board of Directors (BOD) is subsidizing the price of this event. Please RSVP via check for $40.00 per person for adults and $20.00 per child made payable to: M-BCA    
RSVP to: Gullwing Motors
100 Windsor Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Attn: Lou Palumbo
Check Memo: Annual Meeting/Party
Please bring unwrapped toys for the John Theissen Childrens Foundation which we are supporting for the sixth consecutive year.
Please visit www.jtcf.org for additional information regarding the organization. This charity delivers gifts to needy and hospital bound children throughout the year.
On behalf of the BOD, we look forward to seeing you on December 2nd.
Join us at our special events.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of the NYC-Long Island MBCA charitable activities. 


More NYC-LI Section News

New Members - Thank you for joining!

Robert Calvert

John Camacho

Roy Cashion

Ira Cohen

Lasaundra C Estelle

Scott Firestone

James Fitzgerald

Daniel Foote

Patricia Gansle

Lawrence Goldhirsch

Richard Harris

David Hazan

Anthony Ingrassia

Philip Jacobus

Danny Kaminer

John Mancini

Mark Mason

Giovanni Minerva

Daniel Neff

Gabriel Ovanessian

Tuesday Poliak

Kenny Powers

Pablo Rincon

Robert Rosen

Glen Rosenberg

Glen Ruben

Matthew Semon

Mark Skinner

Whitney Stroh

Charles Summers

Joseph Tomaino

Elizabeth Torbenson

Paul Tramontano

Jerry Vartanian

John Votta

Patricia Walsh

Chaim Zegel

Senyuan Zheng

Classic News!
300 SL Sales at Monterey 2012 Auctions

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: Sold for $1,127,500


1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: Record breaking preservation example sells for $1.6M


1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing


1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" Coupe: $875k


1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" Coupe: $1,171,500


1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster: $814k




Upcoming 2013 Events
Look for updates about MBCA - and our local NYC-LI Section Events here and in our weekly email.
Beyond our traditional events which are getting national attention from the NBO - The BOD is securing the following exclusive events:

Presidents Welcome Marvh 3rd, 2012
Exotic Classics 2011
March -  Exotic Classic in Syosset.
This will also be known as "The Annual President's - New Member Welcome Meeting" Special Awards will be presented to 2012, Three year renewal members. Be sure to stay tuned for details about this event.

April - Spring Tech Session at Gullwing motors in Mineola
Details TBA

June Jamboree
The 2013 June Jamboree is a special 50th Anniversary Year for Mercedes-Benz! 

- June Jamboree in Montvale, New Jersey. This event will be very important.  It will be a
special Anniversary Year for this Mercedes-Benz event. It is sure to be an exciting and fun packed day for members of all ages. Details TBA  


Three Year or more Renewed Members - Thank you!
The following members have qualified for a special Mercedes-Benz memento for pre- paying their membership to the year 2015.  Our presentation will be made at the Exotic Classic Event for 2013.  

Harvey Katz
Wayne Lee
Mike Carroll
Walter Adamushko
William Atkinson
Harold Weiner
Andrew Hagans
Victor Baerlein
Jose Segarra
E Joel Hill
Kenneth Bialkin
John Graci
Christopher Almond
Mary-Ann Coklo
Mercedes Huntington
J Hutson
Michael Cabezon
David Oplanich
Anita Szybillo
Jp Liggett
Salvador Gonzalez
David Schlichting
Robert Finger
Marc Wallack
Stephen Akseizer
Daniel Levitt
Helga Sayig
Joseph Tripp
James Stengel
Joel Joachim
Richard Rosenberg
Robert J Tanner
Robert Bersh
Sean Aryai
Dan Beer
Lawrence Blatte
Bruce Goldblatt
Joseph Lebarr

Fall Membership Drive!


There is still time for you to update your membership! Your Board of Directors has voted to reward your Club Loyalty.  We will call this the "Fall Membership Drive."  Members between now and the end-of-the-year 2012 who increases their membership for three years to 2015 will qualify for a free gift.  This is in addition to the NBO incentive of getting more months free for each year you increase your membership.

  • Renew your membership for 3 years and get 3 additional months of membership FREE (39 months for the price of 36) or
  • Renew your membership for 2 years and get 2 additional months of membership FREE (26 months for the price of 24)
  • Or, renew for one year

Go to:  http://www.mbca.org/renew-now  You will have to be signed in to see your renewal page.

If you already renewed for this member benefit this year - thank you.  We will include you in the membership gift program as long as your membership is renewed to the year 2015. 


To qualify, your membership must be paid up to the year 2015 as of the date of December 31, 2012 according to NBO section records.  The gifts will be presented at our 2013 Spring Membership meeting ("The Annual President's - New Member Welcome Meeting") at the premier classic and exotic vehicle venue, Exotic Classics of Syosset. 


 Another club Benefit: Refer a Friend


Share your club benefits with a fellow Mercedes-Benz enthusiast and receive an extra month membership for your self.  Remember - your potential member need not be an owner, only wish to own a Mercedes-Benz. The Refer a friend website is. http://www.mbca.org/refer-a-friend

Special Notes!

To renew online, select your term from the box below.  You may also renew for 1 year (with no FREE months of membership added).
To renew by phone, please have your credit or debit card ready.  Call 800.637.2360 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Mountain Time.
To renew by mail, please make your check or money order (in U.S. funds only) payable to "MBCA".  Mail your payment to: MBCA, 1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

ALERT! Your $1,000 Loyalty Reward discount will change in 2013. Since January 2011, qualifying MBCA Members have been able to take $1,000 off the price of a NEW Mercedes - including model years 2011, 2012 and 2013 - at their U.S. authorized Mercedes-Benz Dealer. In the last 21 months, over 980 of you have taken advantage of this top-rated Member benefit. Starting January 1, 2013, Mercedes-Benz USA will change the offer to Mercedes 2013 model year ONLY. Read "Five Ways to Save with Club Membership" in the November issue of The StarŪ or email Lisa Juhl, Director of Marketing at lisa@mbca.org      


 If you have any questions, please contact a BOD member or John Mc Auliffe.

Five-Star Member Benefits

Local Member wins Free Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van for their business.
 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter winners Melodi & Jan!
DBC Showroom | Delray Beach, FL Melodie Veverka, Director of Sales, & Jan Van Der Baan, Director of Operations

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Fast Company invited creative and enterprising business owners with promising growth potential to submit a video for the chance to win a new Sprinter and $10,000 toward vehicle customization. Click below for a link to the article and the videos. 


2013 Advertising Rates Are available 
Quarterly Newsletters and Wednesday Emails will promote your company! 
Timely insertion of your ad would certainly benefit your company and our members.

Star-Gazer Ad Rates 

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Send a check payable to "M-BCA" Subject - Star-Gazer Ad 
MINEOLA, NY 11501.
Contact: John Mc Auliffe - Newsletter Editor 

President's Message



Please RSVP for your NYC-LI Holiday Party this week! Due to Hurricane Sandy -- we have retained the price of $40 per person.  A great time is always had by all!  Details below!
Pres. Oliver



This past month has been a very difficult one for many of our members as Hurricane Sandy has affected our Section. Many of us lived for days without electricity. That meant no internet, no phone, flooded basements, and damaged automobiles. As of this writing, about a month after the storm life has yet to return to normal. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.


As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect and look ahead. The past year has been a very good one for our club. We began the year by recognizing many of you that have been long time members of our club at Exotic Classic in Syosset. We met members there that had never been to an event. The setting was perfect, among 100 classics cars in a warm inviting space. As usual the conversation was good, how could it not be, with all of us sharing Mercedes Benz stories.


Probably the signature event of the year was held at the end of September, The Legends of the Autobahn. At this event we had well over 50 member cars, the most in recent memory and a California weather day. There were many Mercedes Benz's from the 50's with at least a half dozen extremely well kept 190's and even a one family owned 300SL. Of course there were several 2012's as well, including an SLS. The bread and butter Mercedes Benz's were well represented too. The 'Most liked to own' was a 1993 E500 presented by a new member, Daniel Foote, who signed up that day. Present as well were several everyday drivers including one that was written up in the Star. On the field as well were the Porsche and BMW club and a few Ferrari's. We are already making plans to make next year's Legends an even bigger event.

Next year promises to be exciting. We will again meet at Exotic Classics in March to celebrate all those that are signed up to 2015 with MBCA. We will also be visiting at least one private collection right here on Long Island. In June we will again journey to New Jersey for the 50th June Jamboree.


The Board of Directors of the New York City-Long Island Section extends its' best wishes to you and your family for a happy healthy and prosperous New Year. The Board is always looking for ways to improve the club and if you would like to join us please let us know.


Enjoy your Mercedes Benz!

Oliver Seligman


Check out the current Star (November-December) highlighting Legends and Rudy Rosenberg's 1955 300B Cabriolet on Page 86.





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