In London at the weekend, I had a conversation with a good (non-petrolhead) friend that turned to cars. This is someone who once devastated an acquaintance who drives an Aston-Martin by not realising that the marque is a car, not a motorbike (‘a hyphenated name like Harley-Davidson’). As the conversation progressed, I showed her a phone picture of my recently acquired R230 – the same picture that appears on page 18 of the September Mercedes Enthusiast). She took one look and said ‘Aaah, a Merc’. Enough said.