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        50 members and guests of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Nashville Section, enjoyed a tour of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sensuous Steel exhibit on Sunday, July 14.
        Beginning about 11:15 a.m., the group gathered in the parking lot behind the Frist. It was a beautiful sunny (and warm!) day and as the group grew, we walked across the street to sit in the courtyard until the Frist doors opened. 
        Promptly at noon, the group entered the Frist and headed to the Rector Room where our lunch was waiting for us.
        President Randy Bibb welcomed everyone and noted the event was a sell-out and we had the maximum capacity of 50 attending. Randy reminded the group of the next couple of events – the August 24 trip to Luxury Motors of Bowling Green; September 29 at Arrington Vineyards, and the October 19 visit to Lane Motor Museum. He noted that Lane Motor Museum had provided one of the cars for the Sensuous Steel exhibit.
 Sensuous Steel:  Art Deco Automobiles, July 14, 2013
 Gull Wing Group Convention, September 30 - October 4 2015 at Union Station Hotel in Nashville
            Founding member and current Vice President Joel Morris is, as most of us know, the original owner of a beautiful 1957 Gullwing. Joel is also a member of the Gull Wing Group International, and is a regular attendee at their annual conventions, usually driving the Gullwing to the event.
            That was a bit simpler this year, since the 2015 Gull Wing Group convention was in Nashville! 
            Joel and his Gullwing spent some time during this year's convention posing for pictures with Mercedez-Benz photographer Helge Bendl, at venues like Tootsie's on Broadway and Centennial Park.
            This New York Times article is an interesting piece about the founding of the Gull Wing Group, and our own Joel Morris is quoted in it.
Gull Wing Tech Session at
Lane Motor Museum
Gull Wing Group at
Union Station Hotel
        Jim Hery is a coachbuilder:  an artisan who builds custom bodies fitted to a chassis, thus producing a finished automobile. The Coachbuilders Encyclopedia describes it this way: "In the early motoring days the process of acquiring a new vehicle was more complex. One approached a motoring brand who delivered to the customer only the rolling chassis. Subsequently the customer approached a coachbuilder, requesting a personal body design to be fitted on the rolling chassis.”
        With this process, each finished automobile was unique. "I work on coachbuilt cars. No two coachbuilt cars are the same,” Jim told the group. 
 “And no two sides are the same: one side might be built by an artist and be all flowing lines, and the other side might be straight, built by an engineer. No two sides are the same, but then you can’t see both sides at once!” 
        Jim’s clients come from all over the world for his expertise in restoring the unique. Jim told the group that there are no “instructions” he can follow: “When I restore a car, all I have are pictures and photos. There are no plans or blueprints. I’m an artist, not an engineer, and that’s where my skill comes in.” 
        Jim, a history buff and author, has been in the restoration business for more than 40 years. He has restored numerous concours d’elegance, Antique Automobile Club of America and Classic Car Club of America winners, including 18 cars shown at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, two AACA Presidents Clubs and an AACA S.F. Edge Award.
World-famous automotive restoration specialist Jim Hery hosted the Nashville Section for a tour of his restoration shop, Chalfont Motor Company, in Belfast,Tennessee
 Jim Hery's Chalfont Motor Company, April 2, 2016
 Mercedes-Benz of Music City, December 2, 2017
 Mercedes-Benz of Nashville Open House, February 2018
 Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance March 2018
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2018 Members of the Year
Lynn Putnam & Derrick Dishner

Nashville Section co-founder 
Joel Morris displays a 
picture of his one-owner
1957 SL along with the
 mirror-image cake
at Shadowbrook.

A record-breaking crowd attended Shadowbrook 2019
Shadowbrook 2019

Nashville Section President Randy Bibb drove in the 2019 Colorado Grand, in a 1957 300 SL
2019 Colorado Grand