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MERCEDES CARS AT CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

 MERCEDES CARS AT CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
 CHICAGO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The picturesque rose garden at Grant


Park will serve as the perfect backdrop for the $50 million worth of vintage cars which will be on display Sunday, at the Second Annual Chicago International Concours d'Elegance. This spectacular event -- sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of North America and produced by Marchetti Special Events -- will feature classic examples of Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, Deusenberg, Packard and vintage Cadillacs. Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor James Edgar preside as the honorary co-chairmen of the Concours.
 The Concours d'Elegance will include over 120 rare and unusual automobiles that will be judged in 12 different car classifications: Antique & Vintage dating 1900-1924, American Classics Open 1925-1942, American Classics Closed 1925-1942, Pre-War European Classics, Post-War European Classics, Post-War American, Classic Sports Cars, Jaguar, Racing Cars, Auburn-Cord Duesenberg, Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz.
 The prestigious panel of judges includes: William Jeanes, editor of Car and Driver Magazine; Matt DeLorenzo, editor of Autoweek Magazine; Skip Marchetti of the Behring Auto Museum; Ron Mueller, president of the Florsheim Shoe Company and Wayne Samson, regional vice president for Mercedes-Benz of North America. Chief judge for this year's competition is Chicago Sun-Times automotive editor, Dan Jedlicka.
 Some of the fabulous cars featured in the Concours include: 1954 Mercedes W196 "Silver Arrow" race car -- a two-time grand prix winner; 1935 Ford V-8 Cabriolet pictured in Penny Marshall's latest movie release, "A League of their Own"; 1948 Tucker assembled in Chicago, one of only 46 known to exist; a multimillion dollar 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K and three classic Mercedes Gullwing cars.
 Preceding the Concours d'Elegance will be the first annual Chicago Automobile Collector Auction, featuring race and sports cars, as well as connoisseur classics. This event will be held at the Galleria Marchetti on Saturday and hosted by Rick Cole Auctions, California's oldest and most highly respected collector automobile auction firm.
 Mercedes-Benz of North America operations manager Ralph Fisher presented a $5000 check to event benefactor Maryville Academy's Father Smyth.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives are invited to cover the event. Viewing of the cars will be from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.. Check in at press tent with contacts listed below./
 /CONTACT: Chuck Johnsen, 708-288-3045, or Karen Baker of Marchetti Special Events, 312-829-7067, for Concors d'Elegance/ CO: Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: AUT SU:


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