Mercedes-Benz To Be Celebrated At Festival of Speed

by James Charman

Mercedes-Benz will be the leading marque at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, celebrating over 100 years of both on- and off-track machinery.

The Central Feature, created by Gerry Judah, will feature Mercedes-Benz as the over-arching theme, and is guaranteed to be the most dramatic yet. It will be officially launched and unveiled on the evening of Thursday June 26 at the Moving Motor Show.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will spearhead the on-track displays from Mercedes, taking his AMG Petronas Formula One machine up the 1.160-mile Goodwood Hill Climb on Sunday. Joining the modern day car will be a host of iconic Mercedes race cars, including one of the cars to secure a 1-2-3 result at the 1914 French Grand Prix and the monster W125 and W165 Silver Arrows.

Other examples of Mercedes’ rich motorsport heritage will be on display, from the Le Mans-winning Sauber-Mercedes C9 to the Penske-Mercedes PC23 1994 IndyCar and the 1998 CLK-LM. Bringing the display right up to the present day will be the SLS AMG GT3 and the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, while the SLS AMG Black Series and the A45 AMG will represent Mercedes’ road going machines.

Matching the iconic cars will be a host of legendary drivers, including Roland Asch, Anthony Davidson, Dario Franchitti, Johnny Herbert, Jochen Mass, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and many more.

Visitors to Goodwood will also get the opportunity to drive the new AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept – virtually. PlayStation 3 stations fitted with Gran Turismo 6 will allow fans to drive the car up the Goodwood Hill alongside the static display, which made its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show.

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