The Mercedes-Benz W 125 formula racing car, 1937

Grand exhibition of 1930s Silver Arrows at the 2012 Goodwood Revival

  • Original pre-war Silver Arrows made by Mercedes-Benz reunited on the racetrack at the Goodwood Revival (14 to 16 September 2012)
  • Staged race to be held together with Auto Union vehicles

Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz Classic is bringing four original pre-war Silver Arrows to the racetrack at this year’s Goodwood Revival (14 to 16 September 2012). The Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix cars from the 1930s are playing the starring role in a staged race together with Auto Union vehicles from the Audi Tradition collection. “75 years after the cars made their debut in Britain, this is the first time that a significant number of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union Silver Arrows will be sharing the same track,” says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “This guest appearance at Goodwood won’t hinge on hundredths of a second, however. It is instead a unique demonstration under simulated race conditions.”

The historical racing cars piloted by Mercedes-Benz drivers Roland Asch, Jochen Mass, Bernd Schneider and Jackie and Paul Stewart meet all the exacting standards of Mercedes-Benz Classic: they are originals, have been in company ownership since they were built and are authentic in virtually every detail. In cases, for example, where parts have had to be replaced for safety reasons, any new components are made precisely to the specifications and standards of the time. As the original manufacturer, Daimler AG has all the expertise that is needed to certify the authenticity of a vehicle and to maintain it in pristine condition.

This year the Goodwood Motor Circuit will be echoing to the sounds of a W 25 (1934), a W 125 (1937), a W 154 (1939), and a W 165 (1939) with their eight- and twelve-cylinder engines. Mercedes-Benz Classic is escorting the four Silver Arrows driving in the race in a Lo 2750 racing car transporter (1936), the same model that was once used to transport the first Silver Arrows.

Every autumn the Goodwood Revival at the UK circuit resurrects the great days of motorsport. At the heart of the festival are the enthralling races. Prominent among these are the Celebrity Races starring world-famous racing drivers from various classes and eras of motorsport, either in two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles. The Sports Car Races feature mainly sports cars that were entered in the official race at the Goodwood Motor Circuit between 1948 and 1966. The Single-Seater Races are reserved for monoposti of all sizes. There is also plenty on offer away from the track. The programme includes classic car auctions and exhibitions, an air show, a supermarket selling vintage products, and a traditional fairground. What’s more, race participants and most of the visitors dress in period clothing, contributing to the extraordinary atmosphere of this motor sport weekend.

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