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March /April 2023 Star

Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:43:19 GMT

I've been reading through the latest issue of the star and the new look is terrible. The font size in the articles is too small and there is a lot of blank space in the borders of each page. I compared it to the last issue and the font size is smaller and not as dark. It is not easy on my aging eyesight. What do the rest of the members think? Also, the front cover with the issue date says "MA/23." Is it that difficult to spell out March-April 2023? Very disappointed.

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 16:41:15 GMT

Well actually I like the cleaner look of the front cover. I had no issues with the font and I thought the lay out of the pictures and articles was good. Gives the magazine a more modern look.

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 18:57:27 GMT

I noticed that the previous editor is gone. The new editor is the previous Executive Director. The page count is down to 96 vs. 112. The paper is different. The photos, particularly the R129 article, are very dark. The fonts ARE too small - maybe to compress the page count. I am going out on on a limb here - but I feel this is an effort to reduce the cost of the magazine (an issue I kept asking of the new President when he was leading quarterly zoom calls in his previous role as Eastern Regional Director). Never really got an answer.

Mon, 27 Mar 2023 00:12:01 GMT

Vince, I agree with you. I did notice the page count has been down for a while. I hope they at least would make the font size bigger. A lot of the content looks like an advertisement at first glance because of the size in the MBCA Scene section.

Mon, 27 Mar 2023 16:02:39 GMT

I agree with Robert Filbey. Maybe it's just me but I think everyone else is being a little harsh. I don't have a problem with the March/April issue. I found it to be a nice mix of reporting on new MB models, MB racing, member's cars and upcoming events. I think this is what "The Star" should be. It's a great ambassador for MBCA.

Tue, 04 Apr 2023 18:32:48 GMT

Wasn't there a magazine from Mercedes Benz or Mercedes Classic or someone that had this same look & feel as the new Star? All my old magazines are still in a box in the basement since I moved years ago! I had no problem with the previous editor. Why did he leave after such a short time? Was he asked to go, or wanted to go?

Tue, 04 Apr 2023 21:52:43 GMT

There's "Mercedes-Benz Classic" that's produced by MB itself and then there's "Mercedes Classic" that's the sister publication to" Mercedes Enthusiast" both of which are produced in the U.K. I subscribe to all of them and I enjoy all of them along with "The Star." I have no idea what happened with Jeff.

Wed, 05 Apr 2023 00:07:28 GMT

I know what happened, he was let go after 1 year, so our original publisher is now both publisher and editor, Jeff was following in the huge footsteps of Gary Anderson, our award winning editor as well as our award winning The Star, Jeff was keeping the same format, content, and pictures of folks who authored the articles, as well as pictures of our Officers for MBCA, Gary Anderson hand picked Jeff, to succeed him because he retired, and Jeff IMHO is a heck of a great editor, or was for The Star. This new look we all have, for our new The Star, only time will tell if it wins awards like our old The Star.. I hope this helps answer your questions.

Wed, 05 Apr 2023 15:58:49 GMT

I was pretty surprised that Gary's hand picked successor was let go. I think Jeff should've stayed as a tribute to Gary who sadly passed away last year. I guess I don't understand what the problem with Jeff was. I don't have a problem with Mike but I thought Jeff was doing a good job.

Wed, 05 Apr 2023 17:05:04 GMT

Do you have links to your other MB publications, I want to look into those or can you give more details on them for us all, I did not know about those and would like to know more about them, Thanks!

Wed, 05 Apr 2023 17:36:54 GMT

I actually don't remember the web addresses off the top of my head. I think you can find them if you Google them. MB Classic I think can be found through the international MB website at www.mercedes-benz.com. I think maybe Mercedes Enthusiast is www. mercedesenthusiast.com. Classic Mercedes is the sister publication to Mercedes Enthusiast and I think you can order it through that website. Hope this helps.

Tue, 11 Apr 2023 15:12:15 GMT

Try www.mercedesenthusiast.co.uk Sundial magazines publishes Mercedes Enthusiast, Mercedes Classic, and the SL Guide in the UK. Steering wheels are on the wrong side 'cuz they drive on the wrong side....

Tue, 11 Apr 2023 15:41:24 GMT

Thanks for the web address refresher. I only go to the website to renew which is every couple of years so that web address isn't one that I typically remember on a regular basis. MB Classic is published by MB itself. They typically send me a renewal notice so I never seem to remember that web address either. All are fine publications for MB enthusiasts in addition to :The Star".

Alex Admin
Wed, 12 Apr 2023 01:25:06 GMT

Magazines go through cycles, as we all do. The current Star is a nice magazine. The past is gone. Lets hope the magazine continues to evolve in the direction we want. It would be in all our interest if those with suggestions write to the editor.