Tuesday, May 15, 2007

After all these years

Remember a while back I mentioned one of the cars that had the unfortunate luck of getting up close and personal with a vulture that came thru their windshield at a high speed. I recently found a photo of that very car as it sits on display to this day in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart Germany .

Here are three of the most famous Mercedes-Benz racing cars in history. At the far left is the 1952 300 SL race car was Mercedes-Benzis first post-war racer, and in that year Karl Kling and Hans Klenk drove this car to win Mexico's grueling Carrera Panamericana. The windshield bars were added after a Turkey Vulture flew through the windshield. In the middle is the famous #722 300 SLR roadster that Stirling Moss and navigator Dennis Jenkinson piloted to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, departing Brescia at 7:22 a.m. (hence the number), and setting a record that was never broken. On the right is a 1955 W196R streamliner like those that Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling powered to a 1-2 victory at the Formula One race in Reims.

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