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Submitted by DavidWommer on Thu, 2023-06-29 08:06
Saturday, Jun 24, 2023 - 11:03am to Saturday, Jun 24, 2023 - 02:00pm

Southeast Region hosted An Evening With The Stars at Jacksonville Sports Car Museum!

AN Evening With The Stars (Facebook Event)

MBCA Members and Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts throughout Florida, including Members from the Road Star Section (Palm Beach region) and the Tampa Bay Section, attended or participated in An Evening With The Stars, held at the Jacksonville Sports Car Museum (JSCM) JSCM is located in Deerwood Castle, also home to The Patrons Club, a private social club.

We celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the W113 SL-series, the “Pagoda”, and were fortunate enough to have a beautiful white 1968 280 SL, with the “pagoda” hardtop featured for this special event, inside of the museum! Southern Stars Section Member Ray Hays, former President (and a current administrator) of the Pagoda SL Group (

60 years ago, the W113 230 SL “Pagoda” was introduced to the world at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, from March 14-16, 1963. The W113 230 SL "Pagoda" was designed as a replacement for both the 300 SL and the 190 SL. On February 8, 1963, the final 300 SL and the last 190 SL were completed at the Sindelfingen plant.

MBCA Member A.J. Blastos drove from the Tampa Bay Section early in the day to share a 2008 Capri Blue Mercedes-AMG V12 SL 65 with us, the other main feature car inside the museum.

Southern Stars Section Member Martin Neville also shared a very special AMG with us, a 2021 AMG GT "Stealth Edition” Roadster, in designo Graphite Grey Magno (matte). To compliment it, General Manager Moe Ghanish and New Car Sales Manager Alex Shelver from Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park (7018 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244) shared a 2023 SL 63 in Moonstone White Magno (matte). What a great pairing! Thank you to Will Izoita, who presented the car during the event; we greatly appreciated it!

Due to some stormy weather that evening, a couple of our intended VIP cars and several guests could not attend the event, but we thank them for taking the time to work with us and look forward to our next events!

MBCA Southeast Regional Director David Wommer arranged this event, highlighting several great Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Except for the featured 1968 Pagoda, all the Mercedes-Benz in the museum, including the member-shared ones, were AMGs!

Jacksonville Sports Car Museum CEO/Owner David E. Gonzales also shared his personal 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster, with “6 figures” of modifications from RENNtech, including a Magnuson supercharger! When this car is started up, it seems to make the Earth move, incredible! Museum President David A. Gonzales has purchased a few AMGs as well, including an SL 55, and an AMG GT.

More photos and videos of the event here:

We wish to thank Hagerty and Hagerty North Florida Territory Manager Vito Vacca for this support for this event!

Consider Deerwood Castle for your next corporate or lux private event! The events are quite memorable, and the ambiance is wonderful!

The reigning theme of the museum will feature modern manual muscle cars and should be open soon so the public may purchase tickets to see the collection!

Photos shared by Southeast Regional Director David Wommer.

(Note: Event needed a section selection to save, so Southern Stars Section was chosen, SE RDs home section.)


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Which Mercedes-Benz will you share at Southern Stars Section's next public event, Caffeine and Octane Jacksonville, held the second Saturday of every month?

Caffeine & Octane Jacksonville

Hosted at: The Avenues Mall

10300 Southside Blvd.

 Jacksonville, FL 32256

For a full-size parking map, please click this link:

No official registration is needed, although we would appreciate a quick message if you would like to attend. In January, we will aim for the Central Lot, for those who can stay in that lot from 8 am-11 am, as it is restricted entry and departure area for pedestrian safety. If you are unable to remain for that time frame, consider parking in the Exhibit Lot to visit the event, come say hi to us, and depart as you need to.