Classic Cars

Silver Arrows Revived at Goodwood

Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union pre-war grand prix racers gather for the Goodwood Revival. Mercedes documents the experience.

The Goodwood Revival isn't just about classic cars. It's about period dress, old-fashioned food, vintage automobilia... even parents push their kids around in old strollers. The attention to detail is meticulous, and amounts to a trip back in history to a simpler time. The event always attracts the finest classic automobiles, but this year's Revival was more special than most. That's because this year hosted an unprecedented gathering of legendary Silver Arrows on Lord March's front lawn.

The Silver Arrows were originally commissioned from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union (a precursor of sorts to Audi) by Adolf Hitler and proceeded to dominate pre-war racing. They achieved their purpose, demonstrating what the Nazis billed as Germany's superior engineering prowess, but once the war broke out, their histories were aborted.

75 years later, ten of the few remaining examples of the legendary Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racers took part in the Goodwood Revival, and Mercedes was good enough to document the experience in the grandest of style. And by that we mean largely in black and white.

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