Mercedes-Benz Classic will join Mercedes-Benz UK to celebrate the 20th staging of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, West Sussex on 11-14 July. The iconic motorsport garden party will see Mercedes-Benz Classic presenting numerous exclusive models from the brand’s rich motor racing history, and the auction of a Mercedes-Benz Type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car.
The vehicles on display will include legendary pre- and post-war Silver Arrows, the Benz ‘Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen’ from 1910 and the Benz ‘Patent Motor Car’ from 1886. The successes of the second Silver Arrows era of 1954 and 1955 will be celebrated by demonstration drives from a W 196 R. Only ten of 14 originally built are still in existence.
A highlight of the weekend will be the auction of the sole original post-war Silver Arrows in private ownership, hosted by British auction house Bonhams on 12July.
Following extensive checks by Mercedes-Benz Classic, the W 196 R Silver Arrow, chassis number 006/54, it was found that Juan Manuel Fangio drove it to victory at the German and Swiss Grands Prix in 1954. These were key moments on Fangio’s march towards his first Formula 1 World Championship title with Mercedes-Benz, in a triumphant post-war return to Grand Prix racing for the manufacturer.
A diverse group of past and present Formula One drivers will attend, including heroes Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and current MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Since Goodwood Festival of Speed held its inaugural event in 1993, the number of people attending has increased from 25,000 to a firmly established 150,000. Today it boasts the prospect of getting up close to priceless vehicles, famous drives, riders and celebrities.