Motorsport history by Mercedes-Benz – Newsletter 5/2020
American premiere in 1895 : 125 years ago, on 2 November 1895, Oscar Mueller won the “Chicago Times Herald Expo Run” at the wheel of a Benz Vis-à-Vis. This very first automotive race in the history of the United States of America took contestants from Chicago to Waukegan and back, covering a distance of 92 miles (approximately 148 kilometres).
Silver Arrows’ first golden year in 1935 : 85 years ago Rudolf Caracciola drove the evolved Mercedes-Benz W 25 formula racing car, which weighed only 750 kilograms, to victory at the 1935 European Grand Prix Championship, thus definitively heralding the golden age of the Silver Arrows. After he and the Mercedes-Benz racing team had been forced to retire early at the season opener – the Monaco Grand Prix – on 22 April 1935 as a result of engine failure, Caracciola won the Tripoli Grand Prix (12 May 1935), the French Grand Prix (23 June 1935) as well as the races in Belgium (14 July 1935), Switzerland (25 August 1935) and Spain (22 September 1935). This marked the first of many great championships for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows and the first of a total of three European Championship titles for Caracciola.
1955 – A year of fantastic success : Formula One World Championship for Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz W 196 R, the Sports Car World Championship for the Stuttgart-based brand with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) as well as further titles, such as the European Touring Car Championship (Werner Engel) and the Class D US Sports Car Championship (Paul O’Shea) – each in a W 198 model series Mercedes-Benz 300 SL: these results characterised a season in which Mercedes-Benz competition vehicles were very hard to beat.
Golden age of the rally in 1960 : 60 years ago, Walter Schock and Rolf Moll won the European Rally Championship for the second time after 1956 at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Tail Fin Saloon. The title marked the climax of this era from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, in which the Stuttgart-based brand’s close-to-series-production touring cars claimed numerous victories at international rallies and road races.
Oct 24, 2020 at 21:56