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.
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.
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-Benz 300 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-Benz 300 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.
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.
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-Benz 300 SL Club e. V. has committed itself to actively cultivating these exciting automotive witnesses of history.
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-Benz 300 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.
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.
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.
Starting the working day to a relaxing beat: On 19 May 2017, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is holding the second Prework Party from 6 to 9 a.m. The event will take place on Level 8, from where there is a view of the city and the River Neckar. On that day, the Museum will be eleven years old. The right atmosphere will be guaranteed by a DJ from the antenne 1 radio station. The €10 admission price includes a breakfast buffet. Tickets go on sale on 3 April 2017 at the Museum ticket counter and online.
The first Prework Party was held on 19 May 2016 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum at 6 o’clock in the morning – normally a quiet place. But things will be very different on 19 May 2017: the first beats will resonate through the building as a DJ from the antenne 1 radio station gets to work at his turntable – the Prework Party to celebrate the Museum’s birthday will begin. For three hours, the top floor of the Museum will then be transformed into a hip party location.
The Prework Party is being held to mark the 11th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The Museum has been pulling in visitors from at home and abroad since 2006. It attracts the highest number of annual visitors of any Stuttgart museum, over 800,000 last year.
Over the years, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the world. All over? Not quite. No one from Benin, Botswana, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St. Kitts and Nevis or Suriname has ever been there. The Museum has now launched a campaign to find visitors from these countries.
'The Mercedes-Benz brand is known all over the world, and that is reflected in the nationalities of those who visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum: we welcome people from so many countries every day. We've had visitors from the Bahamas, the Solomon Islands and from Andorra. But there are seven countries missing from our list. So we started wondering what we could do to redress that fact'
Monja Büdke, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Museum
The Mercedes-Benz Museum has now set itself the target of attracting visitors from those seven countries so far unrepresented among the Museum’s visitors. In Benin, Botswana, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St. Kitts and Nevis and Suriname, the Museum has now issued, in digital and printed form, an invitation to the Museum. In addition, the foreign representations of the various countries in Germany have been provided with information about the campaign.
The first visitors from any of these countries will be officially welcomed and given a personal guided tour of the Museum, along with a voucher for the shop and restaurant. A further highlight will be a trip out in a Mercedes-Benz classic car. All further visitors from any of the countries sought will receive free admittance throughout 2017.
He Dingding is the eight millionth visitor.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum uses regular surveys to collect information about where visitors come from. These findings show that over a period of eight years the Museum received visitors from a total of 186 nations – in other words from almost all 193 member states of the United Nations (UNO). The eight-millionth visitor on February 14 this month came from China – which is in fact where one in ten foreign visitors hails from. Next in the list are the USA, France and Switzerland. The Bahamas, for example, appear on place 108 in the list, the Solomon Islands in 147 and Andorra at 153.
Since the Museum re-opened in its new home in 2006, the proportion of international guests has continued to rise steadily. The latest peak was reached in 2016, with a figure of 57 percent.
Every aspect of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is geared to the needs of international visitors. Both the audio guide and all information materials are produced in eight languages, while the Museum guides also offer tours in several different languages. When high-ranking visitors from foreign states are expected, the relevant national flag is hoisted in front of the Museum. The Museum holds the flags of every country on the planet ready for such occasions.