How is an icon created? It’s hard to say, but there’s no question that the 1954 to 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gull Wing” is considered one of the most iconic vehicles in automotive history.
The Gull Wing Group International is one of the longest standing groups dedicated to the famous Mercedes. Established on June 16, 1961 in San Francisco, the founding members officiated the start of their group by taking a snapshot of their Gull Wings in front of another icon—San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
And on June 11, exactly 50 years after the original “Gull Wings at Golden Gate Bridge” photo was taken, members of the group recreated the historic image. A total of 100 members, 24 Gull Wings and 14 Roadsters gathered at Fort Point Park (the same spot where the original photo was taken) to help celebrate the golden milestone.
Since its inception in 1961, the Gull Wing Group has grown to more than 600 members internationally. And to help recognize the group’s achievement, Mercedes-Benz USA donated 125 scholarships to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s summer education program. “The Gull Wing vehicle represents Mercedes-Benz leadership in style, design and performance and this anniversary allows us a moment to celebrate the history of that legacy created over fifty years ago.” said Steve Cannon, Vice President of Marketing, Mercedes-Benz USA. “As we look back, we also have to look to the future and that was our intention with the donation to provide San Francisco kids with the opportunity to attend summer camp through the Recreation and Parks Department program.”
Source: Mercedes-Benz, Gull Wing Group International