Tuesday, 1 July 2014

MERCEDES-BENZ CELEBRATES 120 YEARS OF MOTORSPORT AT GOODWOOD FOS 2014

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Some of the fastest, most exhilarating, most innovative and most beautiful Mercedes-Benz cars spanning a century of motorsport took to the Goodwood Hill in glorious sunshine on Friday 27th.

Marking the first day of track action on the Goodwood Hill, Mercedes-Benz cars both old and new were being driven hard up the 1.16-mile route. They ranged from race-winning 1928 Mercedes SSK through to the mighty W 165 R Silver Arrow, the SL 500 rally car and the flame-spitting Sauber-Mercedes C 9 endurance racer.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The action extended to production cars, with the most extreme AMG road car yet created, the SLS AMG Black Series, making a smoky appearance on the Hill while the same car that drove from Africa to the UK on a single tank of fuel, an E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, also debuted.

Behind the wheel were some of the greatest racers from recent times – including Dario Franchitti, Jochen Mass, Klaus Ludwig and Sir Stirling Moss.

The second day of track action at the 22nd running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed saw some of the rarest Mercedes-Benz models ever created being unleashed as well as the global public debut of the latest addition to the current range – the new generation CLS-Class.

On the Goodwood Hill, the Silver Arrows in the form of the W 125, the W 165 R, the W 165 R Streamliner and a more contemporary Silver Arrow, a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car from 2012 proved to be crowd favourites. For sheer drama, the epically loud (and very orange) SLS AMG GT3 S proved difficult to beat while the beautiful 300 SLS took on the Hill.

Lewis Hamilton signed off the third and final day of the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in spectacular style in his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS W03 Formula One car – lighting up the tyres to the delight of the estimated 50,000 spectators.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Photo: Mercedes-Benz