Festival of Speed to pay tribute to Mercedes-Benz

Time 1:52 pm, March 20, 2014

goodwood_logoA TRIBUTE to Mercedes-Benz’s 120 years of motor sport achievement will take centre-stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it was announced today.

As the featured marque, the German manufacturer will be displaying historic race cars on top of Goodwood House’s Central Feature designed by Gerry Judah – with Goodwood saying that it will be the most architecturally challenging and spectacular installation yet seen at the Festival.

The festival takes place from 26th to 29th June, and Goodwood owner Lord March said: “The theme of this year’s Festival of Speed is ‘Addicted to Winning’ and very few manufacturers embody that philosophy like Mercedes-Benz. To have been at the forefront of motor sport for 120 years is extraordinary and we’re proud to honour them with our most spectacular Central Feature ever in 2014.”

Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, said: “This summer the Mercedes-Benz family is coming together to mark a remarkable milestone. Our support of Goodwood is long-standing and I’m excited to be stepping up our commitment in June for what promises to be a fitting celebration of Mercedes-Benz cars – both old and new.”


Among the victories being celebrated will be the centenary of the amazing 1914 French Grand Prix triumph that saw Mercedes defeat Peugeot by finishing in first, second and third places. Only three of the Mercedes GP machines from then are still around, and they will all be at Goodwood.

Mercedes’ motor triumph on all levels will be honoured, from the pre-war Grand Prix-winning Silver Arrows to the Sauber-Mercedes C9 and CLK GTR sports cars of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Road cars will also be a major feature at the Moving Motor Show as well as in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.

Jaguar and Maserati will also be playing major parts in the Festival, with Maserati having a special display of 20 racers and Jaguar bringing along a line-up of rare D-Types.

In addition, Toyota will be showing four Le Mans cars, and at least eight contemporary Formula 1 teams are set to appear at Goodwood.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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