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Mercedes-Freude 2022

Host Resort - Newport Beach Hyatt Regency
1107 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, California 92660

Mercedes-Benz Club of America presents Mercedes Freude 2022, sponsored by Hagerty, XPEL, and the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Join members from around the United States as we celebrate our passion for the three-pointed Star. This year the event will be in Newport Beach, California at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, in partnership with The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, now located in nearby Long Beach. The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, a hotel retreat adjacent to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve, is nestled among 26 acres featuring hundreds of palms and succulents. "The Newporter," as it was previously named, is renowned locally, and the hotel team has been creating memories for over five decades for guests and locals alike. The resort hosts a myriad of activities, all included in the price of your stay.

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Sessions are limited; please register early. If we meet capacity on an event, we will add a waitlist and notify you of any changes. Transportation will not be provided.

If you have questions about Mercedes Freude, please reach out to one of the following people:


Start Your Week with the Meet and Greet

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel's Oasis Courtyard – Tuesday, October 25, 5:30pm-7pm

  • Join your fellow Club members and meet the event committee. Enjoy light refreshments and drinks hosted in the beautiful Oasis courtyard. This event is included in basic registration.


Tech Events - 2022 Tech Session Schedule

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27, 9am-11:20am

  • Lake Speed Jr – Engine Oil Seminar: Lake Speed Jr. is the son of former NASCAR driver and team owner Lake Speed. A former crew member for Chad Knaus at Melling Racing, Speed joined the Joe Gibbs team in 2004 and led the creation of Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil. A member of STLE and SAE, Speed’s background in Tribology provides a unique perspective on engine performance and durability. Lake will be discussing engine oil best practices and anything you’d like to know on the topic.
  • Panel Discussion: Join us for a panel discussion featuring Tom Hanson, recently retired parts guru from the MB Classic Center, along with Blue Nelson and Belinda Clontz. This will be an open panel discussion focusing on parts and value. This promises to be an informative and fun time.
  • Nate LanderMercedes-Benz Classic Center: Join Nate Lander for a discussion on future and emerging classics. Nate is chief technician at the MB Classic Center.
  • Comfort Seating – Dr. Paul Phipps: Join Dr. Phipps for a discussion about Healthy Seating Technology™ that leverages on equipment already present in automotive memory seats, with new automated small, subtle, and smooth sequential movements in the seat cushion and seat back. Throughout your journey, the technology gently redistributes your body weight in the seat. With each small motion (1° or less), it transfers the work load in the spine and supporting muscles to new areas so that no one area does all of the work. This allows the body’s natural tissue recovery cycles to occur, improving circulation, and decreasing tissue fatigue and discomfort.


The Petersen Automotive Museum Reception and Vault Tour
The Petersen Automotive Museum – Wednesday, October 26, 3pm-7pm (Group to depart from Hyatt Recency Newport Beach Hotel at 12:45pm). Transportation not provided.

  • A private tour and reception at the world-renowned Peterson Museum. The museum's underground automobile storage facility is a world-class museum in its own right. After an extensive renovation, the Vault, presented by Hagerty, has more than doubled in size and now features over 250 vehicles from around the world. Discover some of the most iconic and rare cars, motorcycles, and trucks spanning over 120 years of automotive history. Visitors get to explore the history of the automobile, from early legends to stunning modern supercars. Visitors will see turn-of-the-twentieth-century cars, head-of-state vehicles, American classics, personal rides of Hollywood legends, award-winning hot rods, cars that pushed the boundaries of innovation, and many other surprises. Mercedes-Benz Club of America will host a cash bar cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception followed by the tour.


California Wine Tasting

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Thursday, October 27, 2pm-3pm

  • Join us for a wine tasting featuring four local wines from California paired with a light bite. You will be treated to a brief overview and welcome from the resort highlighting the wines selected and provided a tasting note card with additional details to lead you on a self-guided experience. Join us on the patio and enjoy the wines, the cars, and the company.


The Classic Center Private Tour – (No alcohol or smoking is allowed on the premise)

Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, 3860 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808 – Thursday & Friday, October 27 & 28, 1pm-4pm

  • An exclusive look into the all-new Classic Center now located within the Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Preparation Center (VPC) in Long Beach, California. The Classic Center is now four times the size of the Irvine facility. This is a backstage pass into the factory operated restoration facility. You are sure to see the famed gullwing and more. This exclusive club perk will surely sell out! 


Dock & Dine on Newport Bay

Newport Beach Harbor – Thursday, October 27, 5pm-7:30pm

  • Make dining out a delicious adventure. Navigate your way to your favorite restaurants and enjoy dockside dining at its very best. Beautiful water views, cool ocean breezes, friendly service and great flavors – all from the comfort of your boat. Choose this option to enjoy a night on Newport Bay with a preselected restaurant. The event is sure to be memorable. 


Wellness Walk Meet-Up

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 27, 28 & 29, 6am-7am

  • Lace-up your shoes and join us for a morning walk around the sprawling resort. All levels are welcome for this easy morning walk.


Cars & Cocktails

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Friday, October 28, 5pm-6pm

  • Join us for a casual meet-up in the resort parking lot for a show and shine, followed by a reception cash bar on the garden terrace.


The Debüt at the Classic Center – (No alcohol or smoking is allowed on the premise)

Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, 3860 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808 – Saturday, October 29, 9am-2pm

  • The not-to-be-missed car show at the Classic Center. A one-of-a-kind show of Mercedes of all vintages with members from around the United States. This is not your typical Concours. It will be a fun active day with awards and prizes! We look forward to seeing some outstanding cars!


MBCA Reception, Awards, Panel Discussion, and Closing Dinner at the Resort with Silent Auction (optional)

With Keynote Panel Speakers

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Saturday, October 29, 6pm-9pm, Plaza Ballroom

  • Saturday will feature a final farewell banquet dinner, panel discussion, and awards presentation ceremony hosted at the resort to finish a relaxing day before farewells and return travel. This is a plated dinner event.
  • Join us for an insightful discussion on Mercedes-Benz values, following the effect of the sale of one of the two 1955 Uhlenhaut Coupes at a world record price. What Mercedes-Benz models have increased in value and what the current trends in the market might be. Panel members include Ryan Hemphill, Blakely Leonard, and Tyler Hoover.


Cars & Coffee

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel – Sunday, October 30, 9am-11am

  • As we end the week, we will have the opportunity to gather in the parking lot for an informal Cars & Coffee. Join us for a cup of coffee and camaraderie.





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