The Stuttgart-based 0711blog looks at the city's subculture, at art and above all at music. In its section “Rillencheck” (literally “Groove Check”) DJ Sumo interviews artists from all over Germany and talks to them about their favourite vinyl records. And as there are few things that go together as well as music and motoring, we thought it would be a good idea to organise something with the guys at the 0711blog.
Vinyl records meet Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Classic vinyl records meet classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. They toured the length and breadth of Germany in a W 116 and a W 123 from our Mercedes-Benz Classic fleet and met well-known music artists on their travels.
Their impressions from Stuttgart, Mainz, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin while on the road can also be found on our social media channels:
Never before have there been so many of these dream cars at the Mercedes-Benz Museum at the same time: from 8 to 11 June 2017 the Mercedes-Benz300 SL Club e. V. will be guesting in Stuttgart with its annual meeting – and it goes without saying that the members will be arriving in their automotive treasures.
Around 100 cars are expected on Saturday, 10 June 2017 on the museum hill. Its 38th international annual meeting of the Mercedes-Benz300 SL Club e. V. is being held from 8 to 10 June 2017 in Stuttgart – with the Mercedes-Benz Museum at the centre of all the activities. It is from here, for instance, that the members will be departing for day trips in the local region.
A parade of rare dream cars.
The schedule also involves the members parking their classic cars on Saturday, 10 June 2017 directly on the museum hill. That will not only make it an al fresco exhibition area for around 100 coupés and roadsters with the resonant name 300 SL; it will also give visitors the unique opportunity to experience a parade of the rare dream cars in the mornings and afternoons.
This will be the strongest presence so far of these legendary Mercedes-Benz sports cars against the architectural backdrop of the museum.
Dream car of the 1950s.
The ears of Mercedes-Benz fans prick up when they hear the word “gullwing”: the 300 SL is a 1950s dream car and one of the most famous vehicles from the brand with the star.
The Mercedes-Benz300 SL Club e. V. has committed itself to actively cultivating these exciting automotive witnesses of history.
Spread all over the world.
Worldwide there are some 80 Brand Clubs officially recognised by Mercedes-Benz, with around 100,000 members.
Mercedes-Benz Classic honours and supports their work through the professional Club Management and provides services such as establishing important contacts for workshops, replacement parts supplies, vehicle trade and the Mercedes-Benz Classic archive.
The Mercedes-Benz300 SL Club e. V. has around 300 members and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the coming year. They are linked by their passion for the 300 SL “gullwing” (W 198, 1954 to 1957) and 300 SL Roadster (W 198 II, 1957 to 1963) sports cars.
The open-top version is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. The sportiness in the genes of the Mercedes-Benz brand is evident to particularly powerful effect in these 300 SL models: they are closely related to the 300 SL racing car from the model series W 194 which enjoyed such huge success in motorsport in 1952.
Orchestral sounds and free entry.
With “hp culture and orchestral sounds” as the motto, on 20 May 2017 orchestras from Baden-Württemberg and Slovenia will be guests on the open air stage of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
The programme is part of the 2017 Regional Music School Day in Stuttgart and takes place from 11 am to 4.45 pm. At the same time the Mercedes-Benz Museum is also celebrating its eleventh year at this location next to the Untertürkheim plant.
On Sunday, 21 May 2017 there is an open day with free entry.
Concerts as part of the 2017 Regional Music School Day 2017.
14.45 pm - 15.15 pm Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Music School Schorndorf and the surrounding areas
15.30 pm - 16.00 pm Symphony Orchestra of the Nazarje Music School (Slovenia) cast 1
16.15 pm - 16.45 pm Symphony Orchestra of the Nazarje Music School (Slovenia) cast 2
Should the weather conditions not permit an appearance on the open air stage, the ensembles will perform in the “Passage” area inside the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
These concerts also represent a birthday serenade for the Mercedes-Benz Museum, which was opened 11 years ago. To mark this occasion, on Sunday, 21 May 2017 all visitors will also receive free admission to the permanent exhibition and to the interactive special exhibition “EY ALTER” which has already thrilled 100,000 visitors since it began in October 2016.
Concept A Sedan Design – Trailer.
The concept car Concept A Sedan premiered on April 18, 2017 at the Auto Shanghai. With its puristic, surface-focused design, the new Mercedes-Benz design language has been further developed. In the video, Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the design process.
Surfaces with reduced lines.
The Concept A Sedan show car specifies the evolved Mercedes-Benz design language. Thanks to its purist, surface-focused design featuring reduced lines and gaps, the show car is hot and cool at the same time. The “Aesthetics A” sculpture already demonstrated that the upcoming compact class generation marks the dawn of an even more rigorous implementation of the design idiom of “Sensual Purity”. “Our Concept A Sedan shows that the time of creases is over,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”
Contemporary design language.
The current compact vehicle generation is crucially contributing to Mercedes-Benz’s most successful and rejuvenated appearance ever to make 2016 the sixth record year in succession. More than two million compact vehicles have been sold around the globe since 2012. In addition to the contemporary design language, innovative assistance systems, connectivity, and driving pleasure, model variety is a crucial factor for success: with the A- and B-Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, as well as the SUV crossover GLA five differently positioned variants are available on the market.
Study of a compact premium sedan.
The Concept A Sedan has been designed with the proportions of a dynamic, coupé-like and simultaneously compact, premium sedan. This aim is emphasized by the traditional three-box design featuring short overhangs, especially at the rear, as well as the slim greenhouse that has been offset towards the rear. Additional sedan characteristics are the relatively vertical C-pillar, larger side windows and the higher beltline. The muscular-seeming wheel arch design featuring a reduced arch dimension emphasizes the exclusive 20-inch wheels. The door handles of the show car are flush with the body, while the outside mirrors, in a contemporary reinterpretation, stand proud of the beltlines.
The light alloy wheels radiate technical precision with their sporty aero-wheel look featuring a structured surface between the spokes. The striking front expresses self-confidence: this is crucially highlighted by the deep Panamericana grille tilted towards the front, featuring vertical chrome inserts and a star in the centre, as well as the stretched bonnet with Powerdomes. The large, lower air inlet featuring a diamond grid structure and a striking trim strip in dark chrome is also amongst the most eye-catching features.
Guideline: “Stimulating Contrast”.
The headlamps with their eyebrows as a typical feature of the brand as well as the striking grid structure on the inside guarantee a confident look – and a simultaneously high recognition value. The structural sculpture that has been broken down in detail represents a technically based counterpole to the sensual exterior – “stimulating contrast” is one of the six guiding principles of Mercedes-Benz design. The grid structure in the lamps has been coated with a UV paint and it is exposed to ultraviolet light. As a result, the headlamps “glow” in different colours, depending on the light medium – the daytime running lamps, for instance, are white.
Unique lighting technology.
This unusual lighting technology is also used at the rear: the striking tail light image has also been designed as a structural sculpture. In line with the evolved design philosophy, the lines and gaps at the rear have been reduced. As a contrast to the paintwork the rear bumper features a diffuser-look lower part trimmed in black and a chrome trim strip that emphasises the width and underlines the car’s premium appeal. The integrated exhaust deflectors are finished in dark chrome. Additional features of the roadworthy show car are dark privacy windows all-round as well as a large, panoramic glass roof.
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