Hundreds of Mercedes Benz Travel to Melbourne Countryside for Annual Concours


 

Finally, after over two years of lockdown, restrictions, and cancellations, car clubs could take their pride and joy out of hibernation and show off those wonderful classic cars and socialize with fellow enthusiasts.

On Sunday, 27 February 2022 the Mercedes Benz Club of Victoria was able to once again hold their premier event, the annual Concours d’Élégance. Albeit belated, the club also celebrated 50 years since having been formed in 1970. To be judged for one of the over 30 classes and special trophies, entries had to have a minimum of 16,000 km on the odometer, or be a minimum of ten years old.

Almost 300 cars were drawn to beautiful Wandin East reserve in the countryside outside of Melbourne, representing almost every model Mercedes Benz. The SL range of sports cars seemed to dominate, but a variety of sedans and cabriolets were also in abundance. Naturally, both earlier and the most recent AMG models were on display as well.

The Mercedes Benz dealers also supported the event with a range of classic and modern cars. To add some variety, the Army displayed a number of Mercedes trucks and Unimogs to, as well as a couple of Mercedes Motor homes.

Among the cars of note was Jim French’s replica of the 1885 very first petrol-powered car in the world. He had built it from scratch in just under three years. Not to be missed were the ever-popular silver 300SL Gullwing of Patrick Devine, Murray Allen with his 220 Cabriolet, and Rob Green and his classic convertible. Some of these guys are in their advanced years and still have achieved full restorations in their own garages, not the proverbial cheque book jobs.

I overheard a couple of people in the know talking about a 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet that was absolutely stunning, having spent around $600,000 AUD on the restoration. I find that a bit doubtful, but that's what I heard. My old MB 600 in dark blue was on display by the current owner, and it looked as stunning as ever.

One dealer presented an AMG convertible Bi-Turbo car with a price tag of almost AUD$700,000, more than you would pay for a reasonable house in suburban Melbourne. I guess, that will be a classic to look for in the distant years.

Anyway, the venue, an oval in a small country town in the Dandenongs called Wandin, was a pleasant drive from the suburbs, making it a perfect location. The weather played along, delivering a perfect sunny day, but not too hot. The event was well organized, with an excellent layout and an outstanding array of vehicles on show.

Report and Photos
Heinz Schendzielorz