During 1994 Bill Jones was entering Hillrallies with a Mercedes Benz 280GES. He discovered that breaking things became expensive, and tried to source cheaper ways of doing it. To get help, and pass on what he had discovered, he thought aboutr enlisting the help of other G Wagen owners. He wrote a letter, which was published in Off Road and Four Wheel Drive magazine, asking interested owners to get in touch with him. He had 40 replies, and from this, the G Wagen Owners Association was born.
The first Annual General Meeting took place in Rawenstall, Lancashire in March 1995. Those attending formed a committee, and decided on the future of the club, and its aims. The first consideration was communication with members, and so it was decided that a quartely magazine should be published. The first issue of G Wizz, the club magazine, followed in the summer of 1995. By attending shows and word of mouth, the membership numbers gradually increased, and the services offered to members widened.
Ten years ago, our first website came online. This led to an increase in membership, and a greater geographical spread of members. A few years later, this website was revamped, and included a forum for the first time. The ease with which members from all over the world could communicate with each other soon established the forum as one of the greatest facilities that the club could offer. The membership increased steadily as a result, and we now have over 350 members on all continents of the world.
Our latest website offers even greater facilities for members, as well as a forum available to any G Wagen owner. However, our aim is still as it was in 1995, to make G Wagen ownership a pleasure, to offer advice and expertise to members of the club and to give members the opportunity to meet and communicate with other members.