Mercedes-Benz Classic: 125 years of motorsport with Mercedes-Benz – Newsletter Issue 1

Jan 31, 2019

In July 1894 the world's first car race takes place from Paris to Rouen. And so begins the successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz. The two winning vehicles are powered by an engine developed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. For 125 years engines and vehicles by Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands have ensured countless triumphs. In this anniversary year Mercedes-Benz Classic is publishing newsletters dedicated to the various formats of motorsport at regular intervals.

Stuttgart. From the first ever car race in July 1894 to the latest involvement in motorsport: the racing activities of Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands tell a success story that has its roots at the early time of the car. Since the 19th century the racing and rally cars have always been right at the forefront of sporting competition. Their successes exemplify innovative technology, the irrepressible will to win of the drivers and excellent teamwork. No other brand has had the topic of motorsport enshrined in its DNA for as long or as intensively as Mercedes-Benz.

Outstanding moments in racing history of the brand include the successes in the world’s first car competitions in 1894 and 1895, the win of the first Mercedes at the Nice Week in 1901, the triple-win of Mercedes at the Grand Prix of Lyon in 1914, the successful time after the introduction of compressor cars in 1922 and, above all, the era of the Silver Arrows in the 1930s and 1950s as well as many successes at rallies and record drives.

Current wins such as the five consecutive Formula 1 Drivers’ � and Constructors’ World Championships or the win of the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championship in the DTM 2018 as well as regular wins in customer sport continue the success story.

2019 will be a strong motorsport season – in both a current and historic context. A glance at the calendar:

  • In Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz is taking part in the tried and tested constellation. The new vehicle will be celebrating its world premiere on 13 February 2019.
  • In Formula E two fully electrical Silver Arrows will be starting as of the 2019/20 season.
  • Mercedes-Benz Classic will, amongst other things, be taking part in these top-class events with vehicles from the company’s own collection:
    • 1000 Miglia (15 to 18 May 2019)
    • Silvretta Classic (4 to 6 July 2019)
    • Goodwood Festival of Speed (4 to 7 July 2019)
    • Grand Prix of Germany (26 to 28 July 2019)
    • Classic Days Schloss Dyck (2 to 4 August 2019)
    • Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik (September 2019)
    • Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (31 October to 3 November 2019)

The next newsletter is set to be released on 26 February 2019 and will focus on the successes of Mercedes-Benz in Formula 1.

Nice Week, 25 to 29 March 1901. Baron Henri de Rothschild’s Mercedes 35 HP racing car in La Turbie after winning the Nice–La Turbie hill climb on 29 March 1901. At the wheel is Wilhelm Werner, who later became the German emperor’s driver.
The SLC can do it: the eventual winners Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz (start number 6) with a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 rally car during the 11th Bandama Rally, Cote d’Ivoire, December 9 - 14, 1979.
French Grand Prix in Reims, 4 July 1954. Later winner and 1954 Formula 1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio in a Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 W 196 R racing car with a streamlined body, start number 18.
Reigning Formula 1 Champion Mika Häkkinen took the Championship yet again in 1999 in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/14.
Karl Kling (on the right) and Rainer Günzler (on the left) won the overall victory at the strenuous Africa rally Méditerranée–Le Cap in 1959 in the Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W 121).
First competitive vehicle run from Paris to Rouen, 22 July 1894. Albert Lemaître's Peugeot (start number 65), on the left rear seat: Adolphe Clément. The Peugeot with an engine produced under a Daimler licence crossed the finishing line in second place but was the first car over the line with a combustion engine and so was awarded joint first prize with Panhard & Levassor.
At the International Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring on 3 June 1934 the new Mercedes-Benz W 25 racing car starts for the first time. The unique success story of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows begins with the win by Manfred von Brauchitsch.
Mexican Grand Prix, 28 October 2018. Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula 1 World Championship ahead of time. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team secures the 2018 Constructors’ World Championship two weeks later at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
24 Stunden von Le Mans, 10. - 11.06.1989. Sauber-Mercedes Gruppe-C-Rennsportwagen C 9. Sieger: Jochen Mass / Manuel Reuter / Stanley Dickens (Startnummer 63).
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198) at the 1000 Miglia 2018.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. Klaus Ludwig behind the wheel. Juan Manuel Fangio managed second place in such a vehicle at the legendary street race in 1955 – just behind his team colleague Stirling Moss.
On 14 October 2018 Gary Paffett wins on the last run of the DTM season in Hockenheim and grabs the championship title
of the German Touring Car Masters 2018 (DTM) in a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. In the last DTM year of Mercedes-Benz the brand from Stuttgart wins not only the drivers’ title, but also the team and manufacturers’ title.