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Great joy in their participation.

Japanese courtesy even before the start: immediately upon their arrival, Suzuki Hidetoshi and Nakayama Daisuke gift sweets from their homeland to the organisers of the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally. These two have taken the longest journey to the rally on dream roads through northern Germany – their great joy in their participation is clear to see. They are driving a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet from ALL TIME STARS, the vehicle trading platform by Mercedes-Benz Classic, meaning they are on the road as stylish as they are comfortable.

Suzuki Hidetoshi and Nakayama Daisuke from Japan taking part in the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet.

Suzuki Hidetoshi and Nakayama Daisuke from Japan taking part in the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet.

Three Mercedes-Benz classic cars in front of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

A sign of sportiness: the rally begins at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

In front of an impressive backdrop.

It begins at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin – an impressive backdrop for the around 180 classic cars that will spend the next three days driving to Hamburg. The closer the start gets, the greater the bustle around the cars. Hidetoshi and Daisuke, on the other hand, are peace personified. They have pleasurably studied the dark blue cabriolet in every detail, breathed in the aroma of the leather in the interior, placed their bags in the huge boot. Now the team is ready, and they line up towards the start flag. Then the flag signals: the start of almost 750 kilometres, of which the participants will enjoy each and every one just as much as the special stages.

A sporting exclamation mark.

The second vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Classic is already on its way. It graces the “125 Years of Motorsport” anniversary, celebrated this year: the 230 SL “Pagoda” is the rally version with which Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser won the 1963 Spa–Sofia–Liège Rally. During this rally racing driver Ellen Lohr is sitting in the front-passenger seat for a change. She manages the roadbook and the stopwatches. “This means I can at least take a look around for once on this journey,” she says, with a cheerful smile to her left.

Racing driver Ellen Lohr in the front-passenger seat of the Mercedes-Benz “Pagoda”.

Racing driver Ellen Lohr in the front-passenger seat of the “Pagoda”.

The Mercedes-Benz rally “Pagoda” in front of Liebenberg castle and grounds.

Fashionable stage destination: the “Pagoda” rally in front of Liebenberg castle and grounds.

Expert vehicle preparation.

Glorious lake scenery, wide expanses, endless avenues: all this lies ahead of the participants of this twelfth edition of the popular rally. The first two days lead the classic and  vintage cars from Berlin via Liebenberg castle and grounds towards Göhren-Lebbin on the banks of Fleesensee. On the second day of the rally, the route runs from the river Müritz via the Mecklenburg Lake District towards Wolfsburg’s “Autostadt”. Until then the participants can also look forward to exciting special stages. A tour of the Lüneburg Heath towards Hamburg follows on the third and final rally day.

“3.5” with sound.

It is a varied field of participants. From pre-war classics to the shrill young classic, almost any vehicle type is at the starting lineup. The only condition: the vehicles must have been produced before 1999. Not a problem for the stylish four-seater cabriolet with a powerful eight-cylinder engine driven by Hidetoshi and Daisuke – it was delivered in Munich in 1971, later belonging to a Mercedes-Benz collection, and now ALL TIME STARS is offering it to a new aficionado. 

Before that though, it is allowed to go for a spin over the finest roads and is in the best of hands: the two participants from Japan, where they drive on the left, seem to have long since become one with the classic. In Berlin, they already show how confidently they can deal with the car and driving on the right. They follow the rally course from the metropolis almost effortlessly – something that some teams do not manage quite so seamlessly.

The last Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from the construction year 1992.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, year of construction 1992: the brand’s final roadster with this legendary model designation.

Timeless design and high level of safety.

A third car from the company’s own collection is also on tour: a 300 SL from 1992, consequently a member of the R 129 model series – it is the brand’s final roadster with this legendary model designation, going all the way back to the 300 SL (W 194) racing sports car from 1952. It convinces not only with a timeless design, but also high levels of safety: the automatic roll-over bar celebrated its world premiere in this SL in 1989, exactly 30 years ago.

Good orientation.

The sun is shining from a blue sky almost throughout this year’s Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally. Sun cream becomes the most important accessory. Occasionally, it shines almost too brightly, causing some participants in open-top cars to close the roof from time to time so as not to be exposed to the heat and sunlight without protection. By now, many teams have noticed that the participants from the Far East are driving with the greatest amount of precision. Something that becomes obvious in orientation, for example. Problems with the route? They are not having too many. However, in some of the less clear stages, they do have the odd classic on their tail, allowing the two friendly gentlemen to safely lead them through the traffic. A very likeable, human navigation system.

The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet at special stages of the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally.

Every second counts: special stages are demanding motorsport.

The team from Japan reaches the destination with the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet.

Mission accomplished: the team from Japan arrives at the BallinStadt Emigration Museum.

750 kilometres and each one is a pleasure.

The three days fly by. 750 kilometres have been covered, beautiful regions have been visited along the way, Germany showed itself from splendid sides. That, at least, is the summary by Suzuki Hidetoshi and Nakayama Daisuke. They confidently navigate their large cabriolet through Hamburg’s city traffic right up to the BallinStadt Emigration Museum. They accelerate one last time along this historic building. The black and white chequered flag flies in the wind: they have completed the 2019 Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally. Pure elation. And renewed thanks from the Japanese to the organisers are assured.

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Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 23.09.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.