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W113 Pagoda SL Group => Announcements => Topic started by: waqas on May 20, 2011, 04:52:14

Title: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: waqas on May 20, 2011, 04:52:14
Pagoda World Issue 12 ( is now at the printers and should finally be in the mail by next week.

Issue 12 is officially the 2010 issue, so we should expect Issue 13 sometime later this year-- probably soon after PUB 2011. As mentioned elsewhere, I've been swamped with completing my PhD (I'll finally be walking around in my wizard outfit this Saturday), and Pagoda World has been one of the many victims. Apologies to all the membership.

In general, our production schedule is strongly dependent on the availability of good material for publication, which is primarily supplied by the membership: YOU. We can all have a direct impact on this by contributing quality articles for publication. In the next few days, I'll be putting up detailed article submission guidelines to facilitate the process of contribution.

Issue 12 is packed with great material, and I hope most of you will appreciate the many improvements in layout and print quality. Feedback is always appreciated; you can send me a personal message, or through the forum.

Regards to all,
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: knockmacool on May 20, 2011, 07:49:51
Congratulations on your PhD!
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Raymond on May 21, 2011, 13:32:25
Congratulations Dr.!  I hope we get to see the wizard outfit at the PUB.
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Sableco on May 28, 2011, 19:28:25
wow this great news Dr. congratulations and best wishes always
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: ja17 on May 29, 2011, 16:41:29
Congratulations Dr. !!!
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: 114015 on May 30, 2011, 13:37:08
Dear Waqas,

Congratulations from my side too.
Very well done.

And I am also happy to realize that you have now more time left for our beloved gazette..... ;D :D ;)



Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: 49er on May 31, 2011, 23:15:58
 Just received my first issue of "Pagoda World" and was very impressed with the quality of the publication. Great stories, great photos and my thanks to all that put their efforts into this beautiful magazine.

Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: waqas on June 01, 2011, 07:51:01
Joe, Achim, et al., thanks for all the kind wishes. I'll be sure to post a photo in-wizard-outfit soon.
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: waqas on June 01, 2011, 08:53:21
Pagoda World Issue 12 was mailed to all current members on Friday, May 27th.

Total number of full members as of May 27, 2011 was 526.

Here's the geographic break-down of all our full members:

Americas and Caribbean: 394 members
28    Canada            
1     Colombia          
1     Costa Rica        
1     Dominican Republic
3     Mexico            
1     Panama             
359   USA                

Europe: 101 members
5     Belgium     
1     Bulgaria    
6     Denmark     
4     Finland     
8     France     
2     Germany     
1     Greece     
1     Iceland     
5     Ireland     
2     Italy     
1     Monaco     
13    Netherlands
9     Norway     
1     Poland      
4     Portugal    
1     Romania    
3     Spain     
2     Sweden     
2     Switzerland
1     Turkey      
29    UK     

Africa/Asia/Pacific: 31 members
20    Australia  
1     Hong Kong  
1     Indonesia  
2     Israel      
1     Malaysia    
2     New Zealand
3     South Africa
1     UAE        
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Naj on June 01, 2011, 12:24:20
Congrats, Dr. Waqas,

My copy landed on the mat this morning!
Great read!!!

Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: 114015 on June 01, 2011, 14:32:57
Europe: 101 members
2        Germany   

What's dis?
Only two German full members?? Only Hans and me?? :o :o
That's far too less. :'(
There ought to be more!

Need to talk to Peter (H) and the others.

Shameful ...! >:(


Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Richard Simonds on June 01, 2011, 16:25:55
Waqas:  I just sent this message to and it came back as "No mailbox at this location."  So, here is my message for all to see.
Congratulations on a very well done issue of Pagoda World.  The reproduction quality seems much better than past issues.  Did you go to offset printing from a color laser printer?  Coverage of The European Event was great, too.  Laura and I attended that event and had a marvelous time.  I was the photographer for the big group picture (or at least I believe that was the one I setup and took as I am not actually in the picture).
On a separate note.  In the future I am open to receiving Pagoda Notes as an electronic file ONLY.  The reproduction of the copy that is mailed is not nearly as good as what I can printout on my own printer at home.  If you have an "opt-out" for the mailed edition, I choose that to (1) save the club the costs of printing and postage and (2) get a better quality printout.  Our local Mercedes-Benz Club of America (San Francisco Bay Area Section) now sends to about 2/3 of our members an electronic newsletter each month and it makes a big difference in our costs as well as in timely delivery of the newsletter.
Best regards,
P.S. A possible article for Pagoda World or Pagoda Notes would be to have Albrecht Stachel discuss the 1-2-3 Ignition System that he now distributes.  He presented this at the MBCA StarTech in late April and it was a really interesting topic.  The 1-2-3 Ignition System builds a complete, high-tech, ignition system into the basic distributor, but offers lots of electronic controls that improve driveability and performance without having an external electronic ignition module to corrup the appearance of our prized W113s.  This would also be a good topic for PUB, because Stachel is in Wisconsin and could easily make his way to PUB in Blacklick, OH.  /rs
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Tomnistuff on June 02, 2011, 01:38:36
Hi Dr. Akram,
I'm a new member and just received my first Pagoda World (No.12).  What a shock!  Right there on page 2, "A Pagoda Restoration Story: Part 2", by Bob Possel.  Just when I needed it.  I'm starting on my 67 230 SL and am at about the middle of paragraph 2 on my car.  What a gift for me.  I'm going to read this story many, many times and probably post questions about this restoration.  I'm so excited, I haven't even searched to see if there is a thread on the forum about this restoration.
It's a beautiful issue.  All the photos are incredibly well reproduced and the stories are great.
Thanks for your excellent efforts.
Tom Kizer
Quebec, Canada
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Dutch Pagode on June 02, 2011, 06:40:18

Also a new full member,and restoring my
64 230SL!!
I can't wait for my copy of the Pagoda
World.I hope it will arrive soon  :D

Henri  ;)
Title: Pagoda World
Post by: gnj588d on June 02, 2011, 09:29:50
Got my copy of Pagoda world today,brilliant, much appreciated Take care. Mike.
Title: Re: Pagoda World
Post by: glenn on June 02, 2011, 11:21:42
Kudos to all involved. ..
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: pj on June 02, 2011, 11:22:17
Hello Achim,
I wasn't surprised when I saw that we have only 2 forum members in Germany. Don't you think the language would be an issue? Imagine how quickly this forum would break down if we tried to merge with a german-language forum. I read german a bit and belong to and there are plenty of Pagodas there. Perhaps there are even other german-language forums that I am not aware of.
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Peter h on June 02, 2011, 11:42:44
Hallo Achim

so i sign today as a new member, now there are 3  in Germany  ;D
My English in not the best, so its not easy for me to read and write. But it is a good practice for me to learn it better.

Now i am happy to get my first Pagoda World and meet other Pagoda driver like Naj.


Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: J. Huber on June 02, 2011, 13:25:00
Willkommen Peter! Deine englische Sprache ist besser dann mein Deutsch! see what I mean...

Great job Waqas and all on PW! Looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Flyair on June 02, 2011, 14:13:24
Just got my copy this morning and - as usual - read it from A to Z. Great publication and very interesting topics. The pleasure was somewhat greater when I read that this is the only copy landed here in Poland. I wish there were more full members from here (there are about 20-30 Pagodas in Poland), but it doesn't score bad.... even compared to the country of origin of our beloved W113 :)
thanks for your efforts
Stan (Warsaw - PL)
Title: Re: Pagoda World
Post by: merrill on June 02, 2011, 23:47:36
received mine as well.  Great Job!
Title: Re: Pagoda World
Post by: johnnymack on June 03, 2011, 00:53:27
received mine yesterday, great pics . thanks
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Rolland on June 03, 2011, 03:53:27
Pulled mine out of my PO Box this morning and it was the first thing opened with I got to my office.  Then the rest of the day was pretty busy, so not enough goof off time to read one article.  Thumbing through the pages, I'm impressed with the publication.  Is there a way to get back issues?  I'd like to get a copy of Part 1 of Bob Possell's restoration.

Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: 66andBlue on June 03, 2011, 17:04:14
Part 1 of Possel's restoration was published in PW #11. If you want to purchase this issue then please follow the instructions here:
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Rolland on June 04, 2011, 02:56:18
Thanks Alfred!!


Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Garry on June 06, 2011, 10:16:49

Another outstanding issue of the Pagoda World.  Thanks to all who contributed and also helped.

Congratulations Dr.

Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Ulf on June 08, 2011, 07:37:09
Just got mine yesterday, told the kids to go play (quietly) by themselves. I'm really impressed with the quality - both in terms of the content and the "feel" of the magazine. Thanks a lot :-)

Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: waqas on June 08, 2011, 08:46:31
Thanks all for the kind comments. My goal is to keep improving the magazine with each issue, and for this I need help from everyone to provide good quality articles with great looking photographs. Take a moment to think about how you can contribute for the next issue. We all have some knowledge about these cars that we can share, so please start writing!

Best regards,

ps. As promised, here's my wizard outfit:
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Jordan on June 09, 2011, 12:24:01
Congratulations Doctor Waqas and thankyou for an excellent Pagoda World.  I especially like the quality of the photographs, none of that grainyness you often see in some publications.  I didn't see it posted, what topic or study is your doctorate?
Title: Re: Pagoda World Issue 12
Post by: Asper on June 16, 2011, 08:51:38
I received mine yesterday and was really impressed. Reading the article on the restoration was really interesting and inspiring.