Goodwood Festival of Speed: 75 Years of Silver Arrows
The Festival of Speed in Goodwood,England is the automotive event in the UK that attracts more than 150,000 people. Among the many highlightsof the worlds largest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport and car culture, was a tribute to 75 Years of Silver Arrows.
Mercedes-Benz ESF Concept
The ESF 2009, based on the Mercedes S 400 HYBRID, is the first Experimental
Safety Vehicle to be built by Mercedes-Benz since 1974.
Among the highlights of the ESV was the Mercedes-Benz unveiling of the ESF
2009 an experimental safety vehicle with trailblazing innovations
including: inflatable metallic sections to afford more stability to
structural components within fractions of a second, and a Braking Bag
housed within the vehicle floor and more.
Porsche at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The new Panamera was on display on the Concept Lawn while down on the 18th
hole, Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 made famous by the movie Le Mans and now
owned by Jerry Seinfeld, was set along side some of the most prestigious
cars in the world.
Porsche Racing at the 2009 Monterey Historics
Porsche was the featured the marque at the Rolex Monterey Historics at
Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend. As part of the event the head of
the Porsche Rolling Museum, Klaus Bischof, brought many of the legendary
Porsche race cars from Germany. In this video, Klaus goes on camera to
discuss the importance of having these cars running on the track years
after being put into retirement. He puts that statement to the test by
driving the 1962 Porsche Type 804 Formula One race car around the track for
some exhibition laps.
Nürburgring - Hermann Lang
In 1962 Hermann Lang came back to the Nürburgring to drive his Mercedes
W125 Grand Prix car again. The 1937 Mercedes W125 Data: 8-Cylinder In-line
5,660 CC 646 bhp at 5,800 rpm (The most powerfull gp car ever built up
until the late seventies)
VSCC Mercedes W154 Demo
In 1938 Mercedes-benz brought W154's to the Donington GP, 70 years later
the VSCC bring one back driven by Tony Dron, turn up those speakers.
Starting the 1909 Blitzen-Benz, UNEDITED, @ Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Blitzen-Benz was purpose built to do just one thing, to break speed
records (not racing), and it did repeatedly from 1909 through 1911.
(Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2HtUHzUuw )
Its speed of 228.1km/h (141.73mph) on April 23rd, 1911, driven by Bob
Burman at Daytona Beach, stood as a record until 1919. Twice the speed of
the fastest airplane, (12 April, 1911, Alfred Leblanc @
69.442mph/111.801kph in a Blériot Blériot) and even shattering the record
speed of 210km/h set by a locomotive in 1903.
This record was not even officially broken in an airplane until 1920!
Of the six originally built, this is one of only two that exist today, and
is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
While the extended and nuanced effort required to start the Blitzen-Benz on
a cool coastal morning can try the patience of some viewers, its historical
significance and ground-breaking engineering brilliance still place it
amongst the greatest motor-vehicle achievements of all time, and the dozens
witnessing this effort felt it was one of the highlights of many great
moments at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2011.
Here's a great collection of vintage and modern images of the Blitzen-Benz
and other historic speed record contenders:
displacement 21500 cc / 1312.0 in³
bore 185 mm / 7.28 in
stroke 200 mm / 7.87 in
power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 1600 rpm
specific output 9.3 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 137.93 bhp per tonne
Mercedes-Benz TV: Silver arrows at Goodwood Revival 2012
The revival of an era at the Goodwood Revival Meeting: In 2012 10 original
Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union took to the race track -
driven by renowned racing drivers. Among them the motorsport legend: Sir
Auto Union Type D V12 warmup
Crosthwaite & Gardiner starting the new recreation for Audi of an Auto
Union Type-D V12 (Silver Arrow) prior to its first test run by Frank Biela
and Nick Mason at Kemble airfield, as featured in Octane Magazine