At the ADAC Eifel Race including the Jan Wellem Trophy which is to be held at the Nürburgring from 14 to 16 June 2013, Mercedes-Benz Classic will be fielding a host of fascinating vehicles celebrating the entire spectrum of motor sport history since the race track’s origins in the 1920s.
The star line-up in the Eifel will include both the legendary supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSK racing car and the historic O 3500 racing transporter, for example.
Classic touring cars from Mercedes-Benz will also be well represented at the ADAC Eifel Race including the Jan Wellem Trophy: brand ambassador David Coulthard will be racing the “Tailfin” 220 SE (W 111) in the three-hour Dunlop FHR Endurance Cup in the Eifel on Saturday. This will be the first race of the 2013 season for the car, which Mercedes-Benz Classic has built according to the original.
The grey “Tailfin” is making its mark in historic motor sport while reviving memories of Mercedes’ major racing victories in the 1960s. The vehicle’s outings in modern-day races are the culmination of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Classic and the FHR association of historical racing drivers. Founded in 1983, the FHR has been promoting historic motor sport for 30 years now and has been instrumental in turning the current racing series with historic competition cars into popular events. To mark its 30-year anniversary, the FHR is appearing at this year’s meetings with a newly designed drivers’ paddock. Alongside the 220 SE, a rally version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112) will also be on show and in action.
The Mercedes-Benz SSK (W 06) will grace the Eifel Race as a 225 hp (166 kW) time machine for the trip into a golden era of motor sport history: Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Jochen Mass will be competing in the supercharged sports car dating from 1928 in the so-called Elephant Race on the Sunday, 16 June 2013.
This race for the big sports cars of the 1920s and early 1930s alludes back to the era which also witnessed the Nürburgring’s opening race in 1927. Rudolf Caracciola and Adolf Rosenberger were the victors back then, each at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz model S. Caracciola, who was later to become an idol of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows era, laid the foundation for his honorary title of “Master of the Nürburgring” with his win.
Mercedes-Benz Classic will also be using the SSK for a total of four exclusive trips on the Saturday and Sunday, on which prize winners will accompany Jochen Mass around the Nordschleife (North Loop). These trips will bring Jochen Mass’s passengers as close as it is possible to get to the pioneering days of the Eifel Race. In the run-up to the Eifel Race, Mercedes-Benz Classic has staged a competition in selected motoring magazines, with these trips as the main prize.
In addition, brand ambassador Dieter Glemser is offering trips in the co-driver’s seat of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112). Mercedes-Benz won numerous international rallies with this near-series competition vehicle in the 1960s, including victories for the Stuttgart racing team in the Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix of 1963 and 1964.
Mercedes-Benz Classic’s strong presence at this festival of historic motor sport will be rounded off by a comprehensive supporting programme. Former racing driver Marcel Tiemann will act as compère, presenting various highlights of automotive history. Exhibits on show from the Classic division of the company which invented the automobile will include a Mercedes-Benz O 3500 racing transporter. Three of these elegant vehicles based on a bus body were produced in 1954 to transport the legendary model W 196 Silver Arrows. Such a transporter has been recreated with the greatest possible authenticity for racing outings by Mercedes-Benz Classic.
In particular, the supporting programme includes special treats for the members of recognised Mercedes-Benz brand clubs, such as parking facilities in the paddock, taxi trips on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring in the 300 SE, participation in the Nordschleife Experience and much more besides – including autograph sessions and meet and greets with the brand ambassadors.
This offering by Mercedes-Benz Classic highlights the strong ties between the brand and the clubs. Fans of classic Mercedes automobiles are also assured of expert, comprehensive support at the Eifel Race by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Customer Centre, which will be on-site with its own stand.
The ADAC Eifel Race has been staged at the Nürburgring since the legendary race circuit was opened in 1927. The event’s roots extend back still further, however – races were already taking place around Nideggen under the name of the ADAC Eifel Tour between 1922 and 1926. The legendary Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows were also born at the Eifel Race: the W 25 competed in silver livery in 1934, as legend has it, that the white paintwork had to be removed from the racing cars at the Nürburgring on weight grounds – claiming victory in this very first, prestigious race with Manfred von Brauchitsch at the wheel.
The ADAC Eifel Race including Jan Wellem Trophy is being staged as an event for historic automobiles since 2008. The spectrum of vehicles rich in racing history which are lining up in various categories ranges from the supercharged sports car from the early days of the Eifel Race to Group C racing cars such as the Sauber Mercedes C 9.
The three-day festival of historic racing (with the actual Eifel Race as a three-hour competition on the Saturday) offers the lively and diverse historic racing scene numerous races and an extensive supporting programme. Highlights on the agenda in 2013 are once again Mercedes-Benz Classic’s presentation of numerous vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz brand clubs in the paddock area and the gathering of brand clubs.
The Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles at the 2013 ADAC Eifel Race
The SSK is the most exclusive and fascinating of the six-cylinder supercharged sports cars belonging to the Mercedes-Benz S series. The model designation stands for “super-sport-kurz” (in German), alluding to both the car’s particularly sporty character and its shortened wheelbase. In the summer of 1928, works racing driver Rudolf Caracciola won the Gabelbach, Schauinsland, and Mont Ventoux races in the brand-new SSK at the first attempt. In 1930 and 1931, he won the European Hillclimbing Championship at the wheel of the SSK. The lighter and yet more powerful version from 1931, which was also known as the SSKL (German abbreviation for “super-sport-kurz-leicht”) also scored some spectacular victories, one of the most outstanding being in the legendary 1000-mile “Mille Miglia” race: driving the SSKL, Rudolf Caracciola was the first non-Italian to win the gruelling road race from Brescia to Rome and back in April 1931.
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