Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racers from the 1930s will take to the track this weekend for the first time at the Goodwood Revival between 14 and 16 September, some 75 years after the Silver Arrows first appeared in the UK.
All the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows set to appear at the Goodwood Revival are original cars – each with an extensive racing history behind them. They will be driven by ex-DTM driver Roland Asch, Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, five-times DTM champion Bernd Schneider, three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and his son, ex-F3000 racer and team manager Paul Stewart. Among the cars set to appear are the W 25 (1934), the W 125 (1937), a W 154 (1939) and a W 165 (1939). Power outputs range from the 254 hp of the 1.5-litre V8 W 165 to the 600 hp achieved by the mighty W 125. All were by far the most advanced machines of their kind with innovative suspension and drivetrains meaning they were highly successful and effective racing machines.
The Goodwood Revival will feature a special recreation of the 1930’s pit area that once played host to the Silver Arrows. Slower but no less significant is the Mercedes-Benz Lo 2750 race transporter truck from 1936. Trucks of its kind were used to transport the Silver Arrows between races. Powered by a five-litre, 70 hp petrol engine, the Lo 2750 transporter is also making an appearance at Goodwood.
The Silver Arrows will be participating in a series of demonstrations at the Goodwood Revival – scheduled on the track at 13:00 on Friday and Saturday and 15:00 on Sunday. Away from the track, road cars from the past and present will be on display at the Earls Court Show area of the Goodwood Revival. Precisely the same 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ that made its debut at the Earls Court Show is on display at the Goodwood Revival – even the stand design is inspired by the 1954 Show. Joining it on the stand will be a 230 SL ‘Pagoda’. Bringing the stand to the present day will be two key new cars from Mercedes-Benz – the all-new A-Class and the SL 63 AMG.