Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194) racing car, start of the Le Mans 24-hour race, 1952. At the legendary Le-Mans start, the drivers run from their marked positions to the cars stood opposite them. The second vehicle from the front with starting number 21 is the later winner piloted by Hermann Lang and Fritz Rieß. Right at the front is the 300 SL with starting number 20 piloted by Theo Helfrich and Helmut Niedermayr, who finished second. Photograph from 1952.

D179638 Competitive motorcar race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July 1894: The birth of motorcar racing 125 years ago: closely associated with Mercedes-Benz from the outset