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Benz and Beanz

November 2018

Nobody laid claim to the prize of a free egg and bacon roll for noticing that in some advertisements for this event it was called Benz & Beanz and in others it was Beanz & Benz. The water jugs were boiling early and the coffee plungers went into action for the Beanz side of the event. The barbecue was cranked up as the Benzes rolled in.

It was a cracking Canberra day for the technical breakfast hosted by Charlie Sgroi, Managing Director of Car Mechanical Services at 82 Kalgoorlie Crescent, Fisher. A great variety of Mercedes-Benz vehicles turned up – from very modern GLA models to W111 saloons. What better way to start a Sunday morning than with an egg and bacon roll in one hand and a coffee in the other, surrounded by vehicles of the three-pointed star variety.

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Charlie invited participants to bring their cars one at a time onto the pit and whoever wanted to was able to walk around underneath to have a good look at what was going on there. There were surprises for some with previously unknown oil leaks detected and a substantial top up of a differential in one Benz being rectified on the spot. The pace of owners wanting to put their cars over the pit picked up as the morning progressed as it became patently clear from the experience of others that it was indeed a good thing to check the general under body condition and wear and tear of their vehicle.

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In a short presentation to the 25 or so Benz & Beanz attendees, Charlie provided information about his operation and his level of involvement with Mercedes-Benz vehicles and welcomed members of the club to Car Mechanical Services or to contact him at any time for advice. Jodi Shepherd of Hot Shots Photography (Molonglo Mall, Newcastle Street, Fyshwick, took a host of photos during the course of the morning and some of them are featured with this article. Our infamous President gave a short talk and presented Car Mechanical Services with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT.

Thanks to everyone who attended what turned out to be a very interesting morning, to Jodi for her great photography skills and a very special thanks to Charlie for hosting the event.

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