Mercedes Freude Registration Details

Mercedes Freude Registration Details

Mercedes Freude Registration Details

Join us at MBCA's newest National Event, Mercedes Freude, as we celebrate “The Joy of Everything Mercedes.” We look forward to safely being with members and attendees as we relish our passion.

Following are details of some of our planned activities.


Packet pickup for registrants will open at 9 am.  Attendees will gather in the evening during the Welcome Reception featuring member camaraderie around light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.



Join other attendees for ideas on places to visit and available tours on Hilton Head Island, including Dolphin Watching Cruises, the Coastal Discovery Museum, boutique shopping, as well as other local activities.  Carpooling can be arranged between attendees.

Do you want to attend an array of great Tech and Educational Sessions on Wednesday, November 3rd ?  For only $75 more, sign up for Primary Plus Registration, see below.  Some of our included speakers are noted below:

Dale Moss, a Carolinas Section member and Concours judge will present a session on how to detail your car.  He prepares Robert Jepson’s automobiles for Concours events, including his 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet that won Best of Show at the 2019 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance.

Ramsey Potts, from RM/Sotheby's will give an informative session on the collector car market's current state, focusing on Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Peter Lesler, Concours judge and current MBCA National Concours Committee Chair will present a session on the specific details on concours judging, which attendees will be able to appreciate when they attend the Hilton Head Island Concours on Sunday.

Jim Fekete, a member of the Peachtree Section, will introduce TSD rallies to our members and give tips on how to win this type of rally. (Note: Attendance at this session is not required to participate in the rally on Friday.)

Bill Faison, “Entering My Car In An MBCA Judged Event”.

George Murphy, National Technical Information Chair.

Bob Platz, 190SL restorer extraordinaire!

David Tobin, collector car specialist and Editor of, and Andy Reid, Editor and valuation expert at journal, team up on "Classic Mercedes on a Budget: Five Cars Under $30,000 You Should Buy Today".

Ryan Hemphill and Blakely Leonard, co-founders of The MB Market: the world's first online auction platform dedicated exclusively to Mercedes-Benz, will discuss how to get the best price when selling your Mercedes-Benz.

Jeff Zurschmeide, The Star® Editor, "What Makes an Excellent Regional/Sectional Membership Newsletter?" and an additional seminar on how to take magazine-style photographs of cars.

Pierre Hedary, MBCA member and Classic Mercedes Specialist, "How to Purchase a Classic Mercedes the Wrong Way" and "Maintenance Questions That Must Be Answered".


Information about other speakers will be provided as they are confirmed.



The Robert Jepson, Jr. Car Collection tour is full. If you are interested in being put on a waiting list, CLICK HERE.
Robert Jepson, Jr. Car Collection will be available for a complete tour on Thursday morning. This tour will include a caravan drive to Gregorie Neck Plantation, a beautiful 6,000-acre venue located in nearby Jasper County, refreshments at the venue, and a complete tour of Robert Jepson's car collection and wonderful facilities. Cost $30/person.

New Event! Butterfield Plantation Tour: During the new Mercedes Freude Event, 60 lucky MBCA Members will be able to travel back in time from the Omni Hotel to the Low Country of South Carolina. You will be treated to interesting facts and visit historic locations in the Low Country. On the way to Butterfield Plantation, you will stop at points of interest, narrated by Butterfield’s owner and fellow MBCA member Chuck Campbell and Butterfield’s manager, Keith Smith. Once at Butterfield, Chuck will explain how this 1800 acre estate was established and its unique history from 1929 until the present.

Lunch will be provided at Butterfield as Chuck explains the current use of the estate. You will also be able to see a few of his prized Mercedes-Benz Ponton collection will be on the grounds as well. Cost $30/person

New Event! Ferry Ride to Savannah:  Skip the stress of highway traffic and parking on a full-day boat tour to Savannah from Hilton Head Island. Perfect for independent travelers, you create a sightseeing itinerary that suits your personal interests. Start with a comfortable journey along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. After docking in the historic center, enjoy a full four hours to explore the charming Georgian town at your own pace, before returning to South Carolina.

Savannah’s River Street is a glittering, multi-faceted gem along the broad Savannah River. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, and unique nightspots.

Included in the fee:

  • Hilton Head to Savannah Round-Trip Ferry Ticket (2-Hours each way)
  • Approximately 4 hours of free time to explore Savannah, Georgia
  • Views of the low country waterways during your cruise
  • Indoor Air-Conditioned Seating
  • Outdoor Open Air Seating

Cost $65/person

Transportation from the Omni Hilton Head Resort to the Ferry at Harbor Town and return is available at an additional cost. Cost will depend on number of people that have signed up. Contact Ginny Pitzen  at [email protected] for additional info on transportation.

New Event! MBCA Scenic Drive to Savannah (limited to 30 cars) Enjoy a leisurely drive along a scenic route from Hilton Head Island to Savannah, exploring the coastal terrain. You will arrive at a parking lot in Savannah reserved for the Mercedes Freude participants on the perimeter of the Riverfront and the Historic District.  Speakers will be at the parking site to give some historical information about Savannah. The popular On/Off tour ($41 per adult before on-line discount) is a great way to make a day of it as you meander past 15 stops at the city’s most popular historic sites. Purchase tickets in advance for On/Off Tour at The Pirate House restaurant, which is a regular stop for the On/Off tour, is adjacent to our reserved parking lot. If you are planning on driving, please register only one (1) person in your party per vehicle.



Friday will be a day for exploring the Lowcountry.  For the competitive driver and navigator that want a challenge, join us at the TSD rally (Time-Speed-Distance).  A catered lunch will be provided to participants in the TSD rally for $15 each. TSD rally awards will be presented to the winners at the Friday evening banquet.

For those who want to enjoy the scenic area, a leisurely cruise will stop at some of the historical locations within the surrounding area.  A local historian will be at one of the stops to give a brief overview of the area’s history.  The caravan tour will culminate at a restaurant for lunch, which will be on your own.

New Event! The Poker Rally on Hilton Head Island will be a leisure day driving around Hilton Head Island while participating in a fun, stress free rally.  With countless scenic attractions, 12 miles of ocean beach, over 200 restaurants, dozens of interesting neighborhoods, unspoiled nature preserves and sophisticated shops, a person could spend months getting to know even the best parts of Hilton Head.  The car with the best poker hand will be the winners.  To make it a little more challenging, there will be several questions along the route which will be used as tie-breakers.

Later in the day, a Cars & Cocktails will be held to show off our member’s Mercedes.  MBCA members will be voting for the People's Choice awards, which will be presented at the Final Banquet.

Mercedes Freude will conclude on Friday evening with a Fabulous Final Banquet, which will include a Lowcountry Boil of great starters and then local shrimp, potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and smoked old bay broth, grilled chicken, pickle brined and grilled with boiled peanut vinaigrette, along with many traditional Southern accompaniments.  A cash bar will be available and the awards for the TSD rally and Cars & Cocktails People's Choice will be presented.



Saturday evening’s wonderful BBQ Buffet, including brined chicken, buttermilk fried with dill pickles, smoked brisket (18 hour smoked with Carolina and Kansas City BBQ sauce, and pork ribs (dry rubbed and slow smoked) will be held at the Omni for MBCA attendees and the other car clubs in the Legends of the Autobahn – East.  Enjoy a wonderful meal and mix and mingle with others to discuss the cars seen at the event on Saturday afternoon at the Port Royal Golf Course.
PRIMARY REGISTRATION includes the Welcome Reception, TSD and Historic Rallys, scenic driving tours, Cars & Cocktails Show, and the Friday evening Final MBCA Banquet. Cost: $175/person.

PRIMARY PLUS REGISTRATION includes everything noted in the Primary Registration, plus the ability to attend the various Tech & Educational Sessions on Wednesday. Cost $250/person.


Family and Friends Weekend Add-on:

We realize that everyone may not be able to attend the events for the entire week due to work and other commitments, so we are offering a weekend add-on.  It includes one of the Friday rallies (subject to space availability), Friday night's Lowcountry Boil Final banquet, and the Saturday night BBQ Buffet, all for the price of $180 for a family member or guest. This is only available by adding on to a member who has signed up for a full registration - Primary or Primary Plus. If you are interested in adding someone to the Family Add-On, please call the National Business Office at 800-637-2360.


Are you interested in purchasing discounted tickets for the Hilton Head Concours, Savannah Speed Classic, or placing a car in the Legends of the Autobahn® East?

Click here to visit the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival website.  (By clicking on this link, you will be leaving our site.)

PLEASE NOTE: Registering for Hilton Head Concours, Savannah Speed Classic, or Legends of the Autobahn® East is not part of the Mercedes-Freude registration process.

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