The 26th Mercedes-Benz Pageant was held on a Saturday, 30th April 2016. A total of 646 Mercedes-Benz vehicles came under one roof at BMICH shattering all previously held records, and once again proving that Mercedes-Benz is the most beloved luxury automobile brand in the country.
With live music by Flame, sumptuous food, ample games, a kiddies corner for all the families, and a display of the latest range of Mercedes-Benz passenger and commercial vehicles the guests were occupied throughout and had the opportunity to mingle with like-minded individuals and share thoughts about the three-pointed star. The organisers of the Mercedes-Benz Pageant, the Mercedes-Benz Club of Sri Lanka were present to help classic car enthusiasts with their requirements and discuss the latest trends prevailing in the world of classics.
The latest Mercedes-Benz fleet was on display, highlighting the Mercedes-Benz GLS the seven seater luxury SUV, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the mammoth Mercedes-Benz Actros and the E-Class display, which displayed the 9 generations of the said model dating from 1953.
Fifteen categories of vehicles were judged based on condition and period correct restoration. The followings were the models judged. Pre-War, 170 V, 170 S, 180 A, 180 B, SL-Old, W 110, W 111/W 112, W 108/ W 109, W 114/W 115, W 116, W 123, W 124, W 126, W 201, W 202.
Apart from the categories that were judged, there were 17 models which were included in a raffle where the winners were given a Mercedes-Benz goodie bag. The following models were included in the raffle : W203, W 204, W205, W210, W 211, W 212, W 140, W 220, W 221, W 222, Sports cars, CLS, A-Class, B-Class, SUV, CLA and Commercial vehicles.
The occasion was graced by the German Ambassador to Sri Lanka His Excellency Dr. Juergen Morhard and his wife as special invitees while the Chairman of DIMO Mr. Ranjith Pandithage, the Board of Directors of DIMO, and the GMC committee were also present.