If you were interested in seeing the holy grail within the pre/post-merger AMG realm, Legends of the Autobahn on August 18 was the place to be. In concert with Mercedes-Benz Classic, Legends celebrated AMG’s golden anniversary with a exceptional display of rare AMG models.
Interspersed within the usual interesting offerings that Legends has become known for were entrants in the AMG Pre/Post-Merger 1972-1997 class. Standouts here included Allen Lyndon’s full spec (including the 32V cylinder heads!) 1984 500SEL, Mario Puente’s brilliant white 1988 560SEC wide body (with the car’s builder Eddie Lai in attendance). A full spec 500SL complete with the ultra-are 5 speed manual gearbox was just a few paces away. Jeff Wong’s 1996 E60 was on hand and was nicely complemented by Jano Lukac’s 1987 AMG Hammer sedan.
All about horsepower
The Modern AMG and Modified class was a 25 car display of audacious power culminating with John Friesen’s eye-popping electric orange 2014 SLS Black Series. Diversity has been a keyword at AMG from its beginnings and the firm’s tuners have touched so many MB models over the years. I spied a 2008 CLK 63 Black Series, a E63 wagon, an early normally aspirated E55, a few SLSs and a matte black AMG GT.
And the Winners are…
Best of Mercedes Marque and Best of Show overall was awarded to Jeff Wong for his spotless 1996 E60, one of only two known to exist in the US. Other winners are noted below. Mark you calendar for 2017 and remember the entire Monterey Week moves back one week so legends 2018 falls on August 24th. See you there!
Mercedes-Benz Class 1: Vintage Cabriolet, Convertible or Roadster 1886-1962
1st place: Bruce Iannelli, 1955 190SLR Tribute
2nd place: Bruce Iannelli, 1957 300SLS Tribute
3rd place: Bob Buckter, 1960 220SE Cabriolet
MBCA Star of Excellence: Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, 1958 300SL
MBCA Spirit of Competition Trophy: Bruce Iannelli, 1957 300SLS Tribute
Mercedes-Benz Class 3: Classic Cabriolet, Convertible, or Roadster 1963-1971
1st place: André Lunemann, 1971 280SL
2nd place: Bob Buckter, 1971 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
3rd place: Hap Frank, 1969 280SL
Mercedes-Benz Class 5: Modern Cabriolet, Convertible or Roadster 1972-1997
1st place: David Galli, 1989 560SL
2nd place: Barry Connelly, 1987 560SL
3rd place: Allen Tremain, 1996 SL600
Mercedes-Benz Class 6: Modern Sedan, Coupe or Station Wagon 1972-1997
1st place: Kip Finch, 1993 500E
2nd place: Stephen Duncan-Peters, 1994 E500
3rd place: Kevin Hazelton, 1973 280SE 4.5
Mercedes-Benz Class 7: AMG Pre-Merger and Post-Merger 1972-1997
1st place: Mario Puente, 1988 560SEC AMG
2nd place: Allan Lyndon, 1984 500SEL AMG
3rd place: Jano Lukac, 1987 AMG Hammer (also received the Michelin Award)
Mercedes-Benz Class 9: Modern AMG, AMG Tributes, and Modified
AMG Modern Classic award: John Friesen, 2014 AMG SLS Black Series
Spirit of AMG award: Jeff Wong, 1986 190 2.3-16
Modified Award: Albert Shakhnazaryan, 1993 500E
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