NorthEast PA Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
- Thu Apr 11, 6:00 PM -
Spring Dinner at Stefano's Restaurant – NEPA Section Event
Stefano's Restaurant, 2970 Linden St, Bethlehem PA 18017 (Corner of Macada and Linden) (610) 866-8886
Cocktails 6:30 PM (cash bar), Dinner 7:00 PM.
Stefano's is an established restaurant with ample parking behind the restaurant.
They will be serving us a choice of 3 entrees:
1. Oven Roasted Chicken quarters, wild rice, mushrooms and onions.
2. Veal Parmigiana breaded and fried, mozzarella, tomato sauce and spaghetti.
3. Swai Piccata, capers, roasted red peppers and onions, lemons, white wine butter sauce and angel hair pasta.
Three kinds of gelato wheeled to your table and Jolanta making 2 cakes.
Cost for the meal is $25.00 per person (our section is paying the room fee, tax, and gratuity).
A couple photos: John & Arlene's SL550, and Chuck & Adele's C300 4MATIC (click any photo to open in a new window)
- Sat May 18 -
NEPA Day Drive – NEPA Section Event
We will meet at 10 AM at the Dunkin Donuts in Fogelsville (241 PA-100, Fogelsville PA 18051 -
north of interstate 78 on Rte 100, next to Weis Food Market). The Club will provide coffee and
doughnuts before the trip for NEPA section members (join by the event date and you will qualify).
We will depart Dunkin Donuts at 10:45 AM and head West over interesting back roads to our destination of
Kauffman's Bar-B-Que Restaurant for a delicious lunch.
I understand the Corvette Club makes this trip a few times a year, so I believe we should have a good time.
It was interesting each time I made this trip, but more when we meet on the 18th.
Hope to see YA ALL!
Day Drive Coordinator
- Sun Jun 9, 9 AM - 4 PM -
Concours d'Elegance, Hershey, PA
A $10 discount ($30 instead of $40) for Sunday, Jun 9th are available if we get minimum of 10 tickets.
If interested in this great show, contact Mike Ziegler (610) 504-5370 or email@example.com.
- Sat Jun 22 -
56th Annual June Jamboree – Regional Northern New Jersey Section & S NJ
"The longest running MBCA event" - at The Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ
The Park Avenue Club is conveniently located near major roadways and is easy to get to. Here is a link for directions: Park Avenue Club
The cars will be broken down into two categories:
- Concours (judged by a team of judges according to MBCA guidelines)
- Popular (voted on by those in attendance)
The cars in Concours class are then further broken down according to chassis.
Concours cars need to be detailed and will be judged in four categories:
1 - Interior, Upholstery, Trunk;
2 - Glass, Lights, Rubber, Chrome, Trim;
3 - Engine Compartment;
4 - Paint, Coachwork; and points are also given for mileage and age.
There is a mandatory 2-point deduction if your car is trailered to the event.
- Popular Vote cars are divided into two categories (Sedan and Sport) and then further broken down by year:
- New: 2014 to present;
- Modern: 2004 - 2013;
- Old: 1994 - 2003;
- Vintage: pre 1994
Advice for the Popular Vote cars is to "Give the baby a bath" and come enjoy a good time with fellow Benz enthusiasts.
Cars over 25 years old are also eligible for the Silver Star Preservation Certificate you can be in either Popular or Concours and have your car judged for this certificate.
The cost to enter a car is $65 and this fee includes lunch for the driver and the front seat passenger.
Additional lunches are $35 each for those over 12.
You may attend the Jamboree and just join us for lunch if you do not wish to enter a car. It is more cost effective if there are two of you planning on attending to just enter a car, and if you do not want to detail it, just put it in Popular vote. You save $5 by entering a car and not just purchasing lunch.
Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. You will need to pull your car up the driveway and under the portico in order to receive your registration packet and be given your assigned parking spot.
Please place your window sign on your window along with your scoresheet if you are participating in the concours. If you do not want anyone touching your vehicle without you being there, you must remain with your car during the judging time.
Judging will begin at 10:45 and at that time, there will be no more detailing of the cars allowed. In your registration packet there will be color coded votes for the Popular Vote cars - please match the color of the vote to the color of the window sign - votes not matching the correct color will be discarded. All popular votes begin with a letter followed by a number. After the judging is completed, we will enter the dining room for lunch. While the members are eating the scorekeepers will be tallying up the results - please be patient during this time.
This is a rain or SHINE event - so let's all of us hope for a dry day. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the event. If anyone is interested in helping to judge or to help in other ways, please email me with the subject line: Willing to help at the June Jamboree.
Valerie Cristiano firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sat Jul 13 -
Deutsche Classic Oley Fairgrounds near Reading
The Deutsche Classic is Mid-Atlantic's Premier All-German Automotive & Motorcycle event, welcoming vintage, classic and late model German vehicles!
Plan on joining us for our 15th anniversary on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at the beautiful
Oley Fairgrounds, 26 Jefferson St, Oley PA 19547
(US 222 north of Reading to Rte 73 east.)
Rain or Shine - Free parking - More details at their website: www.DeutscheClassic.com.
- Sun Aug 4, 8 AM - 4 PM -
Das Awkscht Fescht, Macungie PA
The Country's Largest Antique & Classic Car Show, in it's 56th annual season!
Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors,
it's a perfect way for families to celebrate summer. This year, we celebrate our 56th Annual Fescht,
so come cruisin' through 42 acres of fun at the Fescht - and enjoy the great things classic summers are made of.
Admission includes all events, shows, and entertainment.
Registration is required and the deadline for car registration (25 years and older) is July 1.
Visit their web site for the Registration details.
- Sun Aug 11 -
New Hope Car Show
At the New Hope-Solebury High School on Bridge St (Rte 179) in New Hope PA.
- Sun Aug 18 -
Car Show and Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway
1234 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA 18334
Our own Debra Kropf wrote a review of their amazing experience at 2016 event,
and is reproduced here.
Pocono Raceway is holding their fourth car show during their Annual IndyCar race.
All positions are now filled, and a waiting list exists.
If you ARE registered, but can't make it to the show, please send an email advising you will not be attending car show
to email@example.com or Attn: Starrlee Warner - Ops., Pocono Raceway,
PO Box 500, Long Pond PA 18334-0500
(The IndyCar race in 2016 got rained out, and rescheduled to Monday at Noon and a few of us attended both days,
so you might want to also reserve the 19th in your schedule this year in case that happens again.)
The accepted registrants receive:
- No charge admission for show vehicle, driver and one passenger.
- 1 free paddock parking pass for the show vehicle.
- 2 free grandstand tickets per show vehicle to enjoy the IndyCar action from the grandstand.
- Fri-Mon Aug 23-26 -
August Track Event In Our Region – Northeast Region Event
An event is planned for the weekend of August 23-26 (Friday through Monday) at Thompson Motor Speedway in
Thompson, Connecticut by the safety and performance driving committees that will include safety instruction
(The Club's Safe Drivers/Safe Families program). Both slow and fast speed track time for members and their
invited guests, including some autocross driving competition for all at lower speeds.
Come for one day or all 4.
Connecticut is a 'short' drive for most of our region.
This is a joint effort with the Lotus Club, and should make for an interesting weekend with lots to see and
do in the nearby area as well. The Autocross, Performance Driving Experience and the Performance Driving are
all done on the track, shared with Lotus Club and other cars. Other performance cars are welcome to attend.
Our hotel base is the Publick House, in Sturbridge MA,
a historic inn with great modern accommodations.
Make your reservations early, as this is the high season for Sturbridge, MA.
The event is being organized by two Directors at Large, Ernie Fancy and Jim Roberts, with help and support
from both Bill Fisher (Mid Atlantic Regional Director) and Drew Webb (Northeast Regional Director).
They plan to have several non-driving activities as well, an awards banquet, and there will be a call for a
few volunteers to help run the event.
Initial fees are:
Link to the event web site http://www.neregion-mbca.com/
- Performance Driving: $300 for one day
- Performance Driving Experience: $100 (Drive track at highway speeds)
- Autocross: about $60
- Safe Driver - Safe Family Program: $20
Bill Fisher, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
The best or nothing
- Sun Sep 8, 9 AM - 4 PM -
Radnor Hunt C d'Elegance, Malvern
Visit their web site RadnorConcours.org for more details.
The Motorsport gathering of Mercedes-Benz cars owned by our club members will be parking in a section for MB cars
(no judging of our cars, just displaying them near the entrance of the Concours where we have a chance to see the
Concours cars selected from around the country).
- Sat Sep 14, 11:00 AM -
Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Picnic at Falkenhorst (John Bleimaier's Estate) – Northern New Jersey Section Event
41 Moores Mill/Mt Rose Rd, Hopewell NJ 08525
- Sun Sep 15, 9:30 AM -
Day Drive ending at Fighter's Heaven, Deer Lake PA:
Muhammad Ali's training camp & where Sylvester Stallone trained for "Rocky"
– NEPA Section Event
This place was visited by Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Jackson 5, and Elvis (maybe, maybe not).
Sylvester Stallone trained there for Rocky. The complex is located on a wooded hillside and it's about a hour and a half tour.
We will have our own parking area convenient to the entrance.
We will start socializing at 9:30 AM at Dunkin Donuts in Fogelsville
(241 PA-100, Fogelsville PA 18051 - north of interstate 78 on Rte 100, next to Weis Food Market).
The club will provide coffee and doughnuts before the drive.
We will begin the drive at 10:00 AM and travel some interesting back roads and arrive at our destination at about 11:45 AM.
After our tour, we will have a late lunch at Roman Delight Restaurant.
A few photos from our Day Drive ending at Fighter's Heaven, Deer Lake PA: (click any photo to open in a new window)
- Sat Oct 5 (changed/confirmed date) -
Fall Frolic Road Rally – NEPA Section Event
Our popular Fall Rally is scheduled to be held Saturday October 5th, 2019.
This rally will again begin with an optional breakfast from 9AM to 10AM at the Schnecksville Diner
on Route 309 about twelve miles North of Allentown, at which time your rally master will hand out
and explain the rules of the road and general instructions for this rally.
Again, this year our rally will consist of only one leg beginning with breakfast and ending with lunch on your own.
This shortened route proved popular with participants last year and will be the format used again in this fall rally.
If you are a member of our club, a sister club or a potential club member who would like to try your hand in one of our club rallies,
we suggest you give it a try. All models of Mercedes cars, any year, any type are welcome and encouraged to participate.
If for some reason your Mercedes is unavailable, you can use another car. There is no previous experience necessary and virtually
all who have attended our rallies in the past have universally enjoyed the experience.
Our rally is in no way a race, take all the time you need to complete the task. The rally is simply a contest in which you follow
a predetermined route while searching for answers to questions whose answers can be found along the way.
Our hope is no one will answer all the questions correctly, after all someone must win the rally.
We require at least two people in each car, a driver and a navigator, however additional people are welcome in each car.
As noted above members of sister Mercedes clubs and potential club members are, as always, invited to attend.
- Thu Oct 10, 6:00 PM -
Dinner & Planning for 2020 events & Election – NEPA Section Event
at Starlite Diner in Fogelsville,
233 N Route 100, Allentown PA 18106 (near I-78)
The entire membership is invited to join us. We will have an election of officers and directors this year.
We are fortunate all our current volunteer board members are willing to run again: President Mike Ziegler, V.P. Roger Egolf,
Secretary Debbie Egolf, Treasurer Jolanta Piekarski, Director/Membership Coordinator Tom Lindeman,
Director/Driving Events Coordinator Barry Brobst, Director/Road Rally Master Ron Gabel,
Director/Newsletter/eBlast Editor Alice Christensen, Director/Webmaster Brett Kropf, Director/IT Specialist Debra Kropf,
and Director/Technical Advisor Walter Piekarski. The following position still needs to be filled: Ad/Sponsor Coordinator.
We will also be discussing events for the 2020 calendar year, so bring your ideas and your 2020 planner so we can pick dates
that most of you are available to attend. In appreciation for your help in planning for the 2020 events, one cocktail or
soft drink and the dinner (ordered off the menu) will be paid by our section for NEPA members & their associate member.
A cash bar is available for additional drinks. RSVP to Debbie Egolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) is appreciated.
- Sat Nov 16, 12:00 Noon -
A celebration of Aaron Newman's life will be held at the Flemington Woman's Club, 43 Park Ave, Flemington, NJ 08822
View Aaron's obituary here
where you can Share memories and/or express condolences.
Since your Webmaster Brett & Debra were welcomed into the club with Aaron & Helen Newman in 2015,
we've had numerous precious times together listening to their unique experiences -
from flying large planes to caring for & driving Mercedes-Benz classic automobiles (at least 3 are pictured in the upper-right slide show).
Upon reading more about Aaron in the Obit above, we look forward to learning more about them from Helen in days to come!
- Thu Dec 19, 6:00 PM -
Christmas/Holiday Dinner at MELT Grillhouse – NEPA Section Event
2880 Center Valley Pkwy Ste 624, Center Valley PA 18034 (610) 798-9000
Cocktails at 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM. The cost per member & associate member is $45.00 per person.
Unfortunately, the room at Melt will hold a maximum of 35 people, so other family members and friends will not be permitted.
The first 35 to pay Jolanta (our Treasurer) will be attending.
The meal will consist of a salad, a selection of 6 entrees, and a selection of 3 desserts to choose from.
Your selection will be ordered the night of the party. Soda, ice tea, hot tea & coffee come with the meal.
Our NEPA Section will pay for the balance of the actual cost of the meal, tax, gratuity, and 1 beer or 1 glass of wine
(total value paid by NEPA Section is approximately $72/couple).
After the dinner, we will be handing out the Member of the Year Award and membership anniversary pins to those who reached 5 year incremental
We are fortunate to have Tom Lindeman, our Membership Coordinator, tell us about bees and his bee keeping hobby after the awards.