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Little Classics News: 27 June 2014

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood

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 today.

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood Silver Arrow

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

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood W165

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.

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood

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

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood

In a poignant moment, Basil Croft, grandfather of Sky Formula One commentator David Croft, who celebrated his 100th birthday in March, was driven up the Goodwood Hill in a Mercedes Grand Prix car that won the French race in the year he was born.

Mercedes Let Classics Fly on Friday at Goodwood

His driver, racing legend Jochen Mass, took him on a special run up the Goodwood Hill in the century-old racer while former Formula One racer Karl Wendlinger also took him for a ride in the 1928 SSK.



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