Lime Rock Historics 1: Mercedes Race Cars

This is the first in a series of posts about the 2015 Lime Rock Historic Festival in Connecticut.  This year the featured cars were vintage Mercedes competition cars.  Here are some of the featured machines.

Three Mercedes racers which came to be known as the Brooklands after their victories at Brooklands race track in Surrey, England, were built.  This is the sole survivor, built in 1908.

This 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix car raced in the French Grand Prix in 1914, in which it and its sister cars placed 1-2-3.  It is still running 101 years later.  The guy in the left seat is the great driver Stirling Moss, guest of honor at the 2015 festival.

Another great driver, Jochen Mass, wrung out the wonderful 1933 Mercedes W 154 Silver Arrow at high speed in some demonstration laps.

A clear descendant of the Silver Arrow was the 1955 Mercedes W 196 Formula One car.

Finally, perhaps the greatest Mercedes race car, driven to victory by Stirling Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia (Thousand Mile) race in Italy, the 300 SLR.  Owned today by the Mercedes-Benz company museum.