The Star

The Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America

July-August 2013

Articles from StarTech 2013 about Mercedes-Benz U.S. International factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Hodgman’s Hammer – Blasting to StarTech 2013 in a vintage AMG rocket sled

Gary Anderson

Featured Dealer: Soave Automotive Group of Kansas City

Robert Poduch

Putting it On the Line at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International with the Mercedes Production System

Susan Warner, Gary Anderson

Titans of Their Time The Grosser 770 Models of the 1930s

Graham Robson

Driving an Icon: This rare postwar Mercedes-Benz W196 racing car coming up for auction triggers memories of a long-ago drive in the same machine

Karl Ludvigsen

Tech Articles

Taking Better Pictures – 10 tips to improve car and club event photos

Gary Anderson

What’s happening to Mercedes-Benz values?

Hagerty, Sass, McKinney

Buyers Guide: 1979–1991 W126 Luxury Coupes

Richard Simonds


President's Letter A National Events Review

Steve Dierks

The R350: The Bargain of a Lifetime

Jim Luikens

I say you can buy happiness… inexpensively

John Kuhn Bleimaier


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