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Tom Bau:  Laguna Niguel, California

Tom Bau: Laguna Niguel, California

Since 1987, when I purchased my 300 SL Roadster, the club has been a major part of my life. I am dedicated to keeping the Gull Wing Group strong.

It has been a rewarding experience being a part of the board.

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Dick Fleenor: Greenwood Village, Colorado

Dick Fleenor: Greenwood Village, Colorado

It has been a real pleasure to serve on the board of directors for the past twelve years and serving as the president for the past two years. I love the 300 SL Gull Wing and Roaster and like the people that own and drive them. The Gull Wing Group is small in number, but is large in spirit.

I have owned my Gull Wing for more than 35 years. These days I do most of my own minor repairs on the car. 25 years ago I completed a 4-year project body-off restoration, which started as an injector pump repair and was completed in 1984.

I have been to most of the conventions since joining...more>>

Pat Matthews: Glen Ellen, California

Pat Matthews: Glen Ellen, California

I have been a GWG member since 1998 when I acquired my 300 SL Roadster. Two years later, my wife joined when she got her 300 SL coupe. Since then we have attended every convention and plan our vacations around them. In 2000, I became the President of the Northern California Chapter and have enjoyed working with the wonderful members in our chapter to keep our chapter active.

In 2002, I was elected as a member of the board of directors and in 2005 I was elected to be the secretary for the board. I also serve as a member of the Technical Committee. I began serving as the vice-...more>>

Richard Rose: Warren Township, New Jersey

Richard Rose: Warren Township, New Jersey

I retired at the end of 2004 after working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for 35 years. I bought my Roadster in 1980 and joined the club at the same time. My wife Edie and I have attended many of the club's conventions over the years, and I worked on the Valley Forge, Long Branch, Ogunquit, and Newport conventions. In 2010 Edie and I were co-chairmen of the Saratoga Springs convention.

In the past, I served as the chairman of the 50th Anniversary of the Roadster Committee and co-produced the club's DVD on the maintenance of our cars. I currently serve as secretary of...more>>

Bob Slayden: Sandy Springs, Georgia

Bob Slayden: Sandy Springs, Georgia

I have served on the Gull Wing Group International Board for 14 years. I have been the long term "custodian" of a 1954 Gull Wing, #4500047, since September 1972, and a Gull Wing Group International member since 1973. I have been an active board member of our organization since 1996, with years of service to our club. My current and past board duties have included liaison with the "300 StarLetter" and coordinator of chapter events for the "300 StarLetter," and chair of the web committee in addition to attending many board meetings. In my opinion, my best...more>>

John A. Willot: Jackson, Wyoming

John A. Willot: Jackson, Wyoming

In my last term on the Gull Wing Group Board I have worked with Pat Mathews on the long-term direction of the club. I have also led the team putting together material for the 50th Anniversary of the club. Several members have loaned us pictures in addition to the many that Mike Blanton has in his files. We are building a digital image database that will be used on our website and in our publications in the future.

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Ted Bready, Gray Court, South Carolina

Ted Bready, Gray Court, South Carolina

I consider myself very fortunate in my connection to the 300SL and the Gull Wing Group International.

If not for my father, who fell in love with the three-pointed star in the late fifties, I would not now be the proud owner of a 1962 roadster or have the mechanical abilities I possess. He purchased a new 300SL in 1963, while owning a 190SL. He joined the GWG in the early 70s when he became aware of this organization, which supported owners (and also allowed roadster owners to join. Thanks Lynn Yakel). I grew up learning to take apart and rebuild lawn mower engines, among other...more>>

Jim Cobb, Portland, Oregon

Jim Cobb, Portland, Oregon

Winner of Targa Floria Rally! Now that I have your attention, my name is Jim Cobb and I am from Portland, Oregon. The truth is that I did drive the famous route in a 4-cylinder Citroen with some other members of our club. The trophy in the picture was off the back bar of 'Charleys', a bar five feet off the racecourse on the north coast of Sicily.

We were all wishing that we could be driving our 300 SLs on this course where Moss & Collins won the race in 1955 driving their 300 SLR.

I have cherished the many friends and good times over the years and want to help other...more>>

Barclay Henderson:  Cambridge, Massachusetts

Barclay Henderson: Cambridge, Massachusetts

I am Barclay Henderson (roadster) from Cambridge, Massachusetts and I have been a member of the Gull Wing Group for seventeen years.

My wife, Minako, and I have attended almost all the conventions since that time and have greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of the members. Together with Barbara and Paul Russell, Minako and I were hosts for the 2004 Gullwing Convention and guided you through "The Guilded Age of Newport, Rhode Island."

I have an MBA from Dartmouth College and have run my own real estate and restaurant business for 37 years (Benihana of Tokyo and 10 Wendy's)....more>>

Dean Johnson, Brentwood, California

Dean Johnson, Brentwood, California

I have owned a Gullwing since 1971 and I joined the Gull Wing Group the same year. I currently serve on the Board of Directors, the Technical Committee, and the Wiki Committee. My background is a PhD in mechanical engineering and a career of building precision gyroscopes and guidance systems at Honeywell and Systron Donner.

During my school years, I received great training by skilled mechanics at my dad's truck dealership and I do all of the work on my Gullwing. I was drawn to the Gullwing after developing a great respect for the design of the 300 SL and the remarkable Mercedes-Benz...more>>

Steve Marx, Costa Mesa, California

Steve Marx, Costa Mesa, California

It has been a pleasure to work with the people of this club.

I have been a Gull Wing Group member since 1982. I served on the board as Parts Sales Director for 16 years. I am currently on the Board of Directors.

My positions currently are Tech Committee, Scarce Parts, Nominating Committee, and Convention Committee. I have held various Southern California Chapter positions including president for 6 terms.

I have enjoyed serving on the board of such a great club.

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Bob Sirna:  Rochester, Michigan

Bob Sirna: Rochester, Michigan

I have been a Gull Wing Group member since 1984 and a board member for six terms. I am a past president and I have chaired three conventions.

My goals for the club are to promote the interaction of club members, understanding of the engineering and maintenance of the 300 SL, and the safe enjoyment of our cars.

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Gary Estep, Chico California

Gary Estep, Chico California

Gary Estep: Chico, California.

In 1958, I had just graduated from college and saw my first 300SL Roadster. I thought "This is the most impressive and beautiful automobile I have ever seen!" I was just starting a career in public education that wound up lasting 38 years, and the thought that I would ever own such a piece of machinery was far from my mind. But in 1972 a local friend who had one decided he had thrashed it about long enough (It had a blown head gasket and multiple serious oil leaks) and decided it was time let it go. I cut a deal with him and was ready...more>>