Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows from the 1930sEnlarge Photo
The legend of the Silver Arrow grand prix race cars built by Mercedes-Benz and the Auto Union (now Audi) during the 1930s is well documented here at Motor Authority, so regular readers will be keen to know that some of the surviving cars will be on show, and taking to the track, this weekend at the Goodwood Revival taking place in the UK.
This will be the first time that some of the cars have competed against each other since the 1930s. This is especially true for the long-lost 1939 Auto Union Type D ‘Dual Compressor’ that went missing during World Word II and was only recently reacquired by Audi.
Audi has already announced it will be using the event to honor one of its legendary racing drivers, Bernd Rosemeyer, by racing some of its original Silver Arrows, including the Type D, and now Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it too will be showing up with its own fleet. On top of this, the Goodwood Revival will also feature a special recreation of the 1930s pit area that once played host to the Silver Arrows during various grand prix races, as well as one of the original Mercedes-Benz transport trucks.
Among the Mercedes-Benz cars set to appear are the W25 (1934), the W125 (1937), a W154 (1939) and a W165 (1939). Power outputs range from the 254 horsepower of the 1.5-liter V-8 W165 to the 600 horsepower achieved by the mighty W125. 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, not to mention performance only surpassed by race cars decades later.
Driving the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows will be former DTM driver Roland Asch, Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider, three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and his son, and former F3000 racer and team manager Paul Stewart.
For more on the Goodwood Revival classic car event, be sure to check out our preview.
A Silver Arrow Grand Prix carEnlarge Photo