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Spring/Summer 2013     MBCA-
TORONTO SECTION
In this Issue
Welcome
  

To the Spring/Summer edition of our e-newsletter.

 

There is a lot on the go this summer as you will read below.  If you have any news or have an idea for a Club event please do not hesitate to drop us a note.  We hope you can find time to attend and participate in any or all of our summer events.  See you soon.
New Members

Please welcome the newest members into the Toronto Section.

  • Roger Ferguson, Caledonia
  • Paul Kneale, Brantford
  • Glen Knox, Lakefield
  • Gilbert Mallette, Scarborough
  • Jean Paul Taillebois, Scarborough
  • Robert Wu, Markham

We hope you have an opportunity to join us at a club event in the future.

Driving School and Autocross Lite

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May 5 turned into the perfect sunny day in the suburbs to test the skills of young as well as more experienced drivers was the right backdrop for the first 2013 driving event of the Toronto Section. Well known instructors Frank and Mary Alice Cozza, Paul Bailey and Terry Kiwala traveled from the United States to Toronto, Canada to sample some Canadian hospitality, food and to share their Defensive Driving skills with our group. Roy Kuck in his 1994 300E cabriolet and his grandson Zack Davis also joined us from New York State.

 

The Safe Drivers - Safe Families event was coached by Doug Dees, Norbert Egli, Lauren Howe and Harald von Langsdorff. Both groups went through the classroom demonstration on proper seating, technical inspection of their cars including - the often neglected - tire check, followed by the driving clinic.

 

Collision avoidance and the slalom maneuvers completed the activities before lunch followed by figure eights and the grand finale of the mini autocross which was the highlight for all participants.

 

The Safe Drivers group met again in the afternoon to discuss situational awareness and were debriefed by Lauren Howe on what they'd learned during the day. Students also had a chance to give their feedback - to further develop the course.

 

The afternoon ended with gifts of appreciation for our American friends who travelled to Toronto as well as prizes for the winners of the autocross.

 

Requests for a repeat of this event are already pouring in.

 

Thanks again to all the volunteers who made this possible.

 

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Legends of the Autobahn - Canada
Concours and Driving Event

 

Thanks to the dedicated work of our Toronto Section President, Legends of the Autobahn - Canada will be part of the Canadian Historic Grand Prix weekend at the newly renovated Mosport race track, now known as Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, June 15-16, 2013.

 

All Mercedes-Benz cars (as well as Porsche and BMW) are invited to be part of the Canadian Historic Grand Prix weekend at the newly renovated Mosport race track. Upon entry of the Mosport grounds, owners are cordially requested to park in the Legends of the Autobahn Corral were they will be greeted with a complementary gift bag. Members have the option of having their car on simple corral type display or to compete for one of the several Class awards by having it expertly judged by MBCA judges in the Saturday Concours (Corral parking is open both Saturday and Sunday). 

 

 

 

While Mercedes-Benz of all ages and models are welcome to enter, this year MBCA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pagoda and 600 models and will feature them in a special display. In addition to the Concours awards, there will be a "Best of Show", "People's Choice" and other special awards.

 

We have the great pleasure to have JIM KENZIE, renowned Canadian and international automotive journalist, TV personality and competitive driver as host of the Legends of the Autobahn Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 15, 15:00

 

Jim Kenzie has been Chief Auto Reviewer for The Toronto Star's Wheels section, which is approaching 30 years as Canada's leading automotive publication. He also maintains a blog on www.thestar.blogs.com/Kenzie/  

He appears on "Kenzie's Korner" on TSN'S Motoring, Canada's most-watched and most-authoritative automotive television program, now in its 25th season, which places it among the longest-running television programs in the world, not simply Canada. Jim's work also appears in a variety of magazines, newspapers and web sites around the world.


Jim was the inaugural winner of the Journalist of the Year Award, presented by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. He serves on juries to select the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year, the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the International Engines of the Year, and the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.


He has been an active, licensed, professional-grade racing driver since his early-twenties, and is a three-time Targa Newfoundland Rally Open Division driving champion - once by carrying his steering wheel across the finish line...

His presentations are always informative and certainly entertaining.

 

 

 

 

The attraction of a car show that combines the major German car brands is evident in the soaring success of the Concours of the same name held now for three years during the Monterey Historic Car Week. However, holding just a car show is not enough for our Canadian Edition of Legends of the Autobahn. We go a step further by offering participants various additional attractions and driving events during the weekend.

  

There is first of all the opportunity to watch the racing activities that take place during the Canadian Historic Gran Prix now in its 34th year, with historic race cars from over 6 decades competing in various classes over the course of the weekend. Next is the option to partake in a scenic navigational road rally through the surroundings of the Durham Region on Saturday morning and to enter the Concours and Corral upon return. Sunday owners will have the chance to experience the famous Grand Prix track in the Parade and finally, drivers can immerse themselves to the fullest by taking their machines on some "Hot" Touring Laps - fast but safe. Helmets are not required and passengers are allowed. What other car show gives you the opportunity to take your automobile on a race track?

 

 

    

General admittance to the Canadian Historic Grand Prix is required, but participant of the Legends of the Autobahn will get a significant discount. The admittance is $20/car/day - payable at the gate. This gives full visitor access to the Canadian Historic Grand Prix for all passengers (regular admittance is $35/person/weekend).  

We welcome our sponsors:

 

Platinum Event Sponsor

 

 

 

Gold Sponsor

 

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Individual Sponsor

Please visit our newly created website at www.legendsoftheautobahn.ca for more information and Early Bird registration (ends June 11th).
 
For sponsorship opportunities and other questions please call Harald 905-838-1980 or email [email protected]
Upcoming Events
 
Just a reminder that we have our TechSession in September this year. 
Also keep room handy in your October calendar for our Niagara Wine and Country tour. Both events are still in the planning stages and more information will become available later in July.
MBCA - Toronto Section
14145 Kennedy Rd.
Caledon, Ontario L7C 2H4
905-838-1980
[email protected]
We hope to see you all soon!

Harald von Langsdorff
President
Toronto Section | Mercedes-Benz Club of America