The club was founded on 15 May 1993. The primary consideration is not ownership of a Unimog, but rather enthusiasm for this unique vehicle. This can be expressed by e.g. a collection of Unimog models, stickers, advertising gifts or literature, or merely by an interest in the history of this all-rounder. A huge increase in membership numbers in recent years has made it necessary to form regional groups. There are now more than 30 of these in Germany and neighbouring countries. The Unimog Club Gaggenau has been an officially recognised Mercedes-Benz brand club since 1999.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Club Pagode e.V. Werner Heidemann Meersburger Str. 1b 88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen +49 172 7282757
The club was founded in Ulm on 27 April 1981, under the name "Interessengemeinschaft Mercedes SL `63-`71". The aim of the club is to further the preservation and restoration of the historic Mercedes-Benz SL models in the W 113 series. This is done by providing support in the procurement and brokering of replacement parts and contemporary accessories, technical and buying advice, regular meetings and publication of the club magazine "PAGODE". Activities include an annual international general meeting in varying locations, three technical centres for personal further training and twelve regional clubs which organise joint excursions and weekend tours. These regional clubs support each other with hints and practical help. There are regional clubs in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Würzburg-Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Munich and Lake Constance (incl. Switzerland), providing coverage throughout Germany.
Founded in March 1996 and already officially recognised in 1998, the Mercedes-Benz W123-Club e.V. has been a platform for a busy programme of varied and valuable activities for its more than 1200 members in Germany and abroad for more than 13 years.
After over 30 years in operation, more and more W123 models are now shedding their used car status and maturing into genuine classics. The W123 Club provides valuable assistance in this respect, whether in the search for a suitable replacement part, with literature or in bringing together like-minded people for shared recreational activities.
As an important source of information, the club publishes its "W123 Magazine" on a quarterly basis. Both entertaining and informative, and as an accompaniment to the constantly updated internet site at www.w123-club.de, it is an up-to-date and valuable communication medium for all friends of this model series.
Mercedes-Benz Veteranen Club von Deutschland e.V. Bernd Wallmeier Flurstraße 76 44145 Dortmund +49 231 / 83 37 36 +49 231 / 81 95 74 email@example.com http://www.MVConline.de
MVC has a continuing tradition of providing the best possible membership services. The Mercedes-Benz Veterans Club of Germany (MVC) was founded on 18 November 1971. This makes MVC the oldest brand-specific club in Germany dedicated to a still existing brand. It sees its purpose as restoring, maintaining and preserving historic Mercedes, DMG, Benz, C. Benz Söhne and Mercedes-Benz automobiles, right up to the early post-war models such as the 170, 220 and 300 – irrespective of whether they have an X-tube or ladder frame, a spaceframe or a centre-tube frame. We are familiar with them all. Originally it was the replacement parts supply, desire for shared activities and enjoyment of a common hobby that made the membership of MVC grow to more than 1800.
When the classic car scene in Germany was still in its infancy, and therefore very small, at the end of the 1970s, a group of enthusiasts within the Mercedes-Benz Veterans Club in Germany (MVC) developed a strong affection for the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, which was merely another model on the used car market at the time. In those days vehicles with a monocoque body were not yet sought-after as classic cars.
A small group within the MVC was convinced that the 190 SL was destined to be a future classic, and was worth collecting. This led to the formation of the 190 SL section in the MVC, which soon began to plan its own activities. It was under the aegis of its chairman Peter Siech that the section became the "Mercedes-Benz 190 SL-Club e. V." in 1989. Membership numbers grew steadily during the heyday of the classic car scene in the 1990s, and the 750th member was recently welcomed into the club. Club activities include summer and winter meetings, exhibitions and classic car events, and the club magazine "190 SL Revue", of which members receive four editions each year.
The 107 Club was founded in March 1990, and now has more than 3700 members. In additional to a central organisation, there are currently 47 "Regional Meeting Points" known as RTs. These RTs are the "germ cells" of the club, where the real life of the club actually takes place. In addition to regular – usually monthly - meetings (which guests are also welcome to attend as prospective members), excursions, tours and tinkering sessions etc. are organised depending on the interests of the members. Like every club, the 107 Club and its RTs rely solely on the initiative of the members, which cannot be ordained from above.
Mercedes-Benz Interessengemeinschaft e.V. Peter Formhals An der Ohligsmühle 10 53127 Bonn +49 228 / 25 997 36 +49 228 / 25 997 37 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mbig.de
The garages belonging to the members of the "Mercedes-Benz Interessen Gemeinschaft e.V." contain around 4000 vehicles of all sizes from every model series! Enormous experience and know-how on all aspects of classic cars as a hobby is concentrated in the club: restoration, technology, parts, model variants, buying advice, interior features, literature, insurance and registration, expert appraisals and technical inspections, FIVA certification and much more besides.
More than thirty technical and model specialists impart this concentrated knowledge to the members in personal conversations and by means of workshops which have been constantly expanded and refined over the last fifteen years. The specialists initiate and organise the reproduction of really important but scarce parts. Regular meetings are held in different and interesting regions of Germany each year. The annual general meeting is usually held in June, followed by a less formal get-together in the autumn during which members can get to know each other better. The owners of individual model series also meet to celebrate important model anniversaries. The club's family-friendly events are attended by between fifty and five hundred people, sometimes fielding more than three hundred cars from all model series. That means there is plenty to see and do.
Collecting model cars has long been one of the most popular recreational activities. Practically every vehicle produced since the invention of the automobile has been or is available in a miniature version. 1986 – the year when the automobile celebrated its 100th birthday – was also the year when the Mercedes-Benz Model Car Club (MBMC) was founded. Four passionate collectors came together in November of that year to bring the club into being.
The MBMC is recognised as the umbrella organisation for all Mercedes-Benz model car clubs worldwide. During the course of more than 20 years, the club has staged a large number of regional and national events. In 1988, in the old Mercedes-Benz Museum, one of the largest ever model car exhibitions was held with more than 60 showcases and well over 2000 models. In subsequent years the club organised further events during vehicle presentations, at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, in museums, at model car fairs and in radio/TV appearances etc.
The MBMC also supported well-known authors and the editors of specialist publications with information, data sheets and background knowledge. The club's own MBMC Journal, which now has a very sophisticated layout and appears on a quarterly basis to provide members with interesting information and reports, has been published since 1987.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club e.V. Jürgen Kosian Völckers Park 13 21465 Reinbek +49 40 75114890
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club was founded by a number of enthusiasts in Kassel in 1978. The club is dedicated to the preservation and care of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models in the W198 series. Thanks to excellent cooperation with Daimler AG and various partners, reliable replacement parts procurement and professional repair facilities are assured. In its club magazine ("Bulletin"), the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club informs its members about historical aspects, previous celebrity owners, racing anecdotes and personal experiences by fellow-members, and provides information about everything there is to know about the 300 SL Gullwing and the 300 SL Roadster. Views and experiences are exchanged at the club meetings between like-minded members in Germany and abroad.
Unconventional, cutting-edge technology, outstanding performance and brilliant visual appeal already secured the high reputation of the supercharged Mercedes-Benz models on the boulevards of the world during the 1920s and 30s. As a major technical innovation that was unobtrusive to the casual observer, the supercharged ("Kompressor") models had a lasting emotional appeal. Indeed, they retrospectively gave an entire automotive era its name in history. For more than 17 years, the members of the "Mercedes-Benz Kompressor-Club e.V." have devoted themselves to the special appeal of these sporty cars of yesteryear with their demanding hobby. Just under 60 members owning around 200 examples of these supercharged cars reflect the nostalgic aura and exclusivity of the club.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Club e.V. was founded on 3 May 1998, just two years after the presentation of the SLK. Activities include the monthly meetings, which are well-attended but informal get-togethers between like-minded people who enjoy owning and driving their SLKs, and the company of friends. The most picturesque and interesting regions of Germany and neighbouring countries are explored during minor and major excursions ranging right up to holiday tours. Naturally the club also provides first-hand reports and technical support, plus hints on how to remedy possible faults. The club was recognised as a Mercedes-Benz brand club in 2003.
Mercedes-Benz R 129 SL-Club e.V. Thomas Ortwein Badstr. 21b 83714 Miesbach +49 172 6789 346
The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL-Club e.V. based in Stuttgart is dedicated to preserving the historical substance of the Mercedes-Benz brand and its products, as well as to the technical and stylistic development of the automobile. The club has been formally recognised. Club membership is also open to enthusiasts in Austria, Switzerland and other countries. The club was founded near Stuttgart in November 2001.
The VdH was founded in Nuremberg in 1988, as a club for Tailfin enthusiasts. It saw itself as a meeting point for all owners and admirers of collectors' cars manufactured by Daimler-Benz. The club continues to support and advise its members in matters of care and preservation to this day. Regional groups were formed at a very early stage, and since October 1989 the club's model specialists have published its "Benzheimer Flosskeln" newspaper (the first edition had a print run of just 90). In the early 90s this was joined by the well-known original parts catalogues incl. the catalogue for the W 110/111 Saloon models.
The club already had fixed meeting points in its early days, initially in Effeltrich and then Ebermannstadt, and since 1995 the VdH has occupied its own premises in 91737 Ornbau. The VdH is well-known in the classic car scene as a club for hands-on enthusiasts, and sees itself as a friendly, T-shirt wearing association of like-minded people. For almost 20 years, members have been supplying other members with corrosion-free replacement parts from California. Year after year, a team flies to the USA, cannibalises old Mercedes models in junkyards and fills a 40-foot container with doors, bonnets, bumpers, wings and other parts. These are then offered for sale to the members.
Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen Club e. V. Heinrich Wangler An der Leite 11 63872 Heimbuchenthal +49 6092 995927 +49 6092 995929 email@example.com http://www.gclubev.de
The "Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen-Club e.V." was founded as the "G-Club" by G-Class owners on 28.03.1987, more than twenty years ago. At that time the G-Class was the only off-roader manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
The club has been recognised as a "Mercedes-Benz brand club" by Daimler since 01.05.2006, and is therefore a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. This also entitled the club to rename itself as "Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen-Club e.V.", indicating that prospective members owning models from the M-Class produced since 1997, the GL-Class added in 2006 and the recently introduced GLK were also considered to drive "Mercedes-Benz off-roaders", and were welcome to join the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen-Club e.V. One of the club's purposes is to familiarise all drivers of Mercedes-Benz off-road vehicles with the many ways in which they can be used for recreation and day-to-day motoring.
The club provides information on technical matters and accessories, as well as organising tours in many interesting countries of the world. Particularly popular events include the family weekends and the off-road driver training courses held by the club's experienced instructors. A major aim of the club is to organise activities that will communicate the adventure, fun and varied possibilities of their Mercedes to the members.
AMG Owners Club e.V. Michael Harmansa Mariental 12 99817 Eisenach 03691-296336 03691-296363 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.amg-owners-club.org
On 17.05.2001 the AMG Owners Club came into being in south-west Germany on the initiative of seven AMG enthusiasts. The club is private and independent, but still the only brand club officially recognised by Mercedes- AMG GmbH. More than 240 members in Germany and Switzerland have now joined these AMG enthusiasts, and attend a large number of events and regional get-togethers. In August 2007, official support from Daimler AG was confirmed with an official cooperation agreement between the AMG Owners Club e.V. and Mercedes-Benz Club Management (MBCM).
Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Club e.V. Thomas Sterl Altenburger Straße 29 04617 Rositz +49 34498 / 80 37 30 +49 700 / 126 000 00 email@example.com http://www.s-klasse-club.de
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Club was founded in 2000 as the "W 126 Club", and renamed the "Mercedes-Benz S-Class Club" in 2006, when its activities were extended to include the W 116 and W 140 series. The club currently has 1400 members owning approx. 2400 S-Class cars. In addition to providing technical support, buying advice and a club newspaper, the club organises regional get-togethers, a spring general meeting, international events, annual meetings and fairs.
Mercedes-Benz W 201 16V-Club e.V. Christoph Rieger Bostonring 2 71686 Remseck a.N. 0049-171-8743554 0049-721-151363285 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.w201-16v-club.de
The club concerns itself with all the 16-valve sports models in the Mercedes-Benz W201 series. Starting with the 190 E 2.3-16, from which the club logo drew its inspiration, to the 190 E 2.5-16 and the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution and Evolution II, and right up to the racing cars that are still in action on the various racetracks of the world to this day. The club's aim is to provide a home and reference point for technical matters not only for owners of these rare cars, but for all fans and those interested in this unusual "Baby Benz". With a discussion forum on the internet, informal get-togethers in various regions of Germany, organised meetings, workshops and advisory as well as practical assistance for purchase and maintenance, the club seeks to give members the opportunity to take part in the preservation of this chapter in automotive history.
The club's approach is never to lose sight of originality, and to preserve this unfortunately already obsolescent technology with a professional level of know-how. This has been done successfully since 2001, and the club is a constantly growing yet very family-like community.