During this year’s Goodwood Revival from September 14th to 16th, international brand Mercedes-Benz revived its racing spirit by bringing back the Silver Arrows for a truly special display. Adding to the excitement, the models were all complete originals, rather than mock-ups or more recent rebuilds, and were paraded around the track by a host of famous faces.
The legendary Silver Arrows are classic Grand Prix cars, built by Mercedes-Benz during the 1930s to race at tracks across Europe as a precursor to the more recent Formula One seasons. They took the name “Silver Arrows” from their highly distinctive livery, created at a time when each country had its own racing colour. Their appearance at Goodwood marked the first time that some of these cars had raced together for close to 70 years – a real treat for fans and enthusiasts in the crowd. A unique recreation of the 1930s pit area added to the atmosphere at the track, creating a real sense of nostalgia for the pioneering models.
Each car was driven at the Goodwood track by a world-class race driver – five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider and ex-DTM driver Roland Asch, Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, and Britain’s very own Sir Jackie Stewart, the three-times Formula One World Champion, who was joined by his son Paul. In their capable hands, each Silver Arrow glided around the course with elegance and precise handling, reminding the crowds why these classic cars have remained popular to this day.
There’s even more celebration of Mercedes-Benz history to come – next year, it will be holding special events and releasing limited edition scale models to mark the 125th anniversary of the brand. More information on its plans for 2013 will be made available soon, so keep checking back for further details and previews.