November 2020 Night drive to Bilpin

The monthly late night drives are really starting to gain momentum. This month was a bit different. It started out as a Night drive to Bilpin. As well as a drive, we had late night dessert and coffee. Summer in Sydney is a great time for night drives. The weather is pleasant and its a great time for convertibles or sunroofs to be open.

The drive started from the McDonalds car park in Windsor. From there, the drive took us up Bells Line of Road to the Apple Pie Cottage in Bilpin. The Apple Pie Cottage is run by a […]

Youngtimer Sacco Day 2020

The Mercedes Benz club NSW ran an event today to commemorate the cars of Bruno Sacco. Sacco was head of design at Mercedes-Benz from 1975-1999. The event was called Youngtimer Sacco day and I understand the intention is to make it an annual event. Given the success of today’s event, I can easily see why.

The event started out at Tynan’s Mercedes-Benz dealership in Southern Sydney. They were also the sponsors of the event. Tynan’s is a large dealership, but their forecourt was soon overwhelmed by Saccomobiles as event attendees started to roll in. The event was capped at just […]

250SE extended test drive

After all the recent work done on my 250SE, I wanted to take it for an extended test drive. Its had motor and transmission mounts, front crank seal, re-sealed power steering pump, injectors, distributor cap and rotor, points, condenser, coil, plugs, alternator, voltage regulator and more done. The spark had been quite weak and the engine was carboned up.

The Mercedes-Benz club have started running mid-week pop-up drives. I’m not normally able to attend mid-week events but I have a bit of time at the moment. This weeks drive was down to Berry via the Royal national park then back […]

MBCNSW Dam Drive

Today I went on a drive with the MBCNSW to visit some historic dams to the South of Sydney. The idea was to supposed to be to go to each dam and check it out and then have a picnic lunch at one of them. Unfortunately the Sydney weather did not play ball and it was a rather wet and wild day. I brought a couple of my kids to the dam drive as they liked the idea of a picnic at the dams.

The meeting point was at a carpark in the Sutherland Shire. The weather had been […]

October night drive to Palm Beach

Over the last couple of months I have been doing a monthly night drive with a few friends in the Mercedes Club. This month was the first time it was an official event. When they were unofficial we did drives such as the Old Pacific Highway, the Old Northern Road and down to Bulli. This time we did a night drive to Palm Beach. Turn out was pretty good given it had been pouring with rain for the last week. We had 9 cars show up to the drive.

I took my 560SEC this time. As well as my […]

MBCNSW Mid-Week drive up the Putty road

The Mercedes Club hold a mid-week drive pretty much every month. I’ve been a member for more than 10 years but never managed to attend one. I had a free day today and the drive looked really good. This months MBCNSW mid-week drive was up to the Hunter valley. The route was via the Putty road, which I’ve done a few times before. Mid-week is a great time to do this route as the Putty road gets very busy with motorcycle groups on the weekend. These also attract highway patrol.

Attendance was pretty good for a mid-week event. I […]

MBCNSW Drive to Bilpin

Today I joined an event with the MBCNSW for a drive to Bilpin. Bilpin is to the West of Sydney and is half way up the Blue Mountains. It is know for its Apples. The purpose of the drive was to raise money for one of our club members, Sam. Sam is the proprietor of the Bilpin Apple Pie Cottage, our destination. He suffered quite a loss during the big fires last summer, losing buildings and part of his stock. It was then a long time before he could start trading again due to clean up. Finally, when things were […]

Mercedes Club drive to Peats Ridge

The Mercedes Club organized a joint drive with the Rolls Royce Owners club to the Corrugated Cafe in Peats Ridge. Peats Ridge is about 90km north of Sydney. This was one of the first drives after the COVOID19 restrictions were eased. A couple of the members of the club were trying to organize a line up of W126s at the event. The event seemed like a good opportunity to see some Rolls Royces and give the 560SEL a good long drive after I got the car back from some preventative maintenance.

Taking the 560SEL also gave an opportunity to take […]

Flashback: 2012 Sydney German Auto-Fest

They Sydney German Auto-Fest is now a major event in the Sydney car show calendar. There are hundreds of cars to choose from including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi and some of the smaller brands. It has even replaced the separate Mercedes-Benz concours event. However, this show had quite humble beginnings. I attended the 2012 Sydney German Auto-Fest, back when it was a couple of dozen cars in a parking lot. I recall that this was the inaugural event, but I could be off a year.

I went there in the 250SE, but I wasn’t sure if you had to register […]

Guest Article: MrFrotop buys a coupe

The club guys were right about the bug. You know, the one you catch after buying your first classic Mercedes. It’s not that the W108 3.5 wasn’t enough, but after a couple of years you feel an irrational (yet somewhat justified) urge to have a Mercedes for every occasion. Rescuing all of these beautifully engineered machines from an untimely demise is a noble cause, some might argue. The passion was certainly there but in the end, you need a number of factors to align: funds, garage space and spousal approval. I had only one of those, the rest will have […]