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2014 Mille Miglia to Rome and Back

Following in the of the legendary road race, the regularity race is a captivating of the 120-year history of Mercedes-Benz

by Thomas Philips | 07 May 2014

A contingent of exclusive classics Mercedes-Benz Classic will be up in May 2014 to drive the Mille from Brescia to Rome and Following in the tracks of the legendary road race held 1927 to 1957, the modern race is a captivating reminder of two of the 120-year history of Mercedes-Benz the victories of Rudolf Caracciola/Wilhelm in a Mercedes-Benz SSK (1931) and Stirling Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S, 1955) are moments in the racing tradition of the brand.

Mille Miglia Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé (W 198, to 1957).

Mercedes-Benz Classic maintains this heritage its continued participation in the regularity For the first time the “Mercedes-Benz to Mille Miglia” regularity opens the route to classic which are not part of the official field. In addition, Mercedes-Benz in with the Museo Mille in Brescia will show the Hans Liska” exhibition race posters and drawings of the press and advertisment artist. The involvement is an expression of the long-standing of the Stuttgart-based brand to the Mille in 2013, Mercedes-Benz signed a partnership agreement with Miglia S.R.L, organisers of the race, as the sole automotive sponsor of the Mille Miglia.

A stories, a thousand miles: the Miglia is a true legend in history. For historic automobile all over the world, the regularity counts as one of the main events on the race calendar. This the thousand-mile journey from to Rome and back will place from 15 to 18 May 2014. Classic is lining up at the start numerous original vehicles the era of powerful, supercharged racing cars as well as with and production sports cars the 1950s. Brand ambassadors Asch and Bernd Schneider be piloting this year. collectors will also be in the Mille Miglia in their own Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

“Our is a reminder of how closely the Mercedes-Benz is connected with the history of the Miglia, which was perhaps the street race in the world in its explains Michael Bock, of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “This there is special significance to our role in maintaining this bond, which combines success with innovative passion with rivalry. because we are devoting 2014 to the of magic moments from 120 of Mercedes-Benz motor racing

In addition to the rally for vehicles competed in the original race 1927 and 1957, the organisers of the Miglia will for the first stage the Mercedes-Benz Tribute to Miglia in 2014. This competition will take governed by the same rules as the Mille Miglia on the identical from Brescia to Rome and The vehicles will start one before the competitors of the main Selected Mercedes-Benz vehicles not to participate in the Mille Miglia are to take part in the tribute For example, this applies to the 300 SL (W 198 II) for classic vehicles built 1958 and 1981 as well as for sports cars built 1981. This exclusive to the Mille Miglia is supported by Italy.

Mercedes-Benz will bring the fascination of the legendary race to life with the Hans Liska” exhibition. The features race posters, and other works from graphic artist Liska and be hosted at the Museo Mille in Brescia from the beginning of In particular in the 1950s Hans put his stamp on the public perception of the racing triumphs with his He also immortalised the 1955 Miglia in impressive pictures.

Mercedes-Benz victories in 1931 and

Mercedes-Benz and the Mille Miglia together, in fact they are Of particular significance are the overall of 1931 and 1955, both of are defining moments in the motorsport of the Stuttgart manufacturer. These not the only glorious chapters of the history books written at the Miglia, with further coming from a class win by Caracciola and Christian Werner in in a Mercedes-Benz SSK and second place in 1952 by Karl Kling in a 300 SL (W 194).

Car enthusiasts have staging the Mille Miglia out of the town of Brescia since In the fourth edition of the road leading over a distance of miles to Rome and back scored a class victory for the time in May 1930. The powerful SSK racing sports car driven by and Werner made quite an “Forging his path through the Caracciola, the German champion, in his squat white Mercedes”, the reporter from British magazine in his race report on 15 April 1930. At one point on the leg, in the high country of Caracciola lay in fourth place, but fell back to sixth This was enough to take a win for cars with engines than 5 litres.

In 1931, Caracciola became the non-Italian driver to take victory in the Mille Miglia. He was in the Mercedes-Benz SSK by co-driver Wilhelm From 12 to 13 April, Caracciola a superlative performance throughout the kilometre race at the wheel of the His average speed in the marathon Brescia to Rome and back was km/h – the first time the 100 km/h barrier had been at the Mille Miglia. In the mid 1930s, reflected on this achievement in his autobiography “Rennen – Sieg – (“Races – Victory – Records”): km on dusty country roads, gorges and ravines… around corkscrew bends and snake-like through cities, towns and and again along dead-straight at an average of 150, 160, 170 km … one and then another day.” He a gold medal from the of Italy and a cup from the Automobile of Germany in recognition of his victory.

Miglia opens the door to a to motor racing

Following the end of War II, Mercedes-Benz returned to motorsport in with the newly developed 300 SL sports car (W 194). The first appearance for the 300 SL, with its distinctive doors, was at the Mille Miglia. On 3 May there were three 300 SLs on the line in Brescia. On 4 May, Kling and Hans Klenk in second place, with Caracciola and co-driver Paul following in fourth. Mercedes-Benz was the only manufacturer to finish two vehicles in the top five in 1952. For manager Alfred Neubauer a was coming true. “That I started to feel young the racing director later

This success was followed in by the second overall victory in the Miglia by Mercedes-Benz with the 300 SLR sports car (W 196 S). Stirling Moss and his Denis Jenkinson, won the thousand-mile with an average speed of km/h and the fastest time recorded of 10:07:48 hours. An record. Second place to Juan Manuel Fangio, who had as a solo driver, making for the one-two. Mille Miglia was not just the realm of the 300 SLR racers in with 300 SL (W 198) production cars also enjoying results that year: The of John Fitch/Kurt Gesell victorious in the Gran Turismo for over 1600 cc, followed by teammates Olivier Gendebien/Jacques and Salvatore Casella (Places 5, 7 and 10

A legend is reborn

Although the street race took for the 24th and last time in the legend of Mille Miglia has been more alive. the Mille Miglia runs the northern Italian town of to Rome and back as a regularity Challenging special stages competitors along the thousand-mile

The exclusive event is only to vehicle models that part in the original race As well as racing sports and production sports cars Mercedes-Benz, other vehicles are such as the Mercedes-Benz 180 D Ponton (W 120), as driven to victory in the class by Helmut Retter and Larcher at Mille Miglia A year later, Erwin and Erwin Grupp steered Mercedes-Benz 220 a (W 180) to a win in the Special Touring Cars class, allowed extensive modifications to the and chassis.

Mille Miglia begins with scrutineering and of documentation from 13 May to midday on 15 May to Thursday). On the evening of 15 May, will leave Brescia at for the first stage (228 which runs to Thermae via Padua. 16 May (Friday) sees the stage (710 kilometres) at 07:00, with the first scheduled to arrive in Rome 22:30. The field of historic sets off from Rome on 17 May at 06:30 for the third stage kilometres) to Bologna; the fourth and stage (218 kilometres) heads back to Brescia on 18 May In total, the 2014 Mille covers a distance of 1708

Mercedes-Benz Classic cars at Miglia 2014

Mercedes-Benz SS hp (W 06), 1930 – road-going

With a displacement of 7.1 litres, the SS (Super Sport) six-cylinder engine delivers up to 125 kW (170 hp) supercharger, and up to 166 kW (225 hp) with the Despite its powerful engine, the SS is considered to be a Gran Turismo which is indicative of the wide of bodies available. The Model SS had a of fire as a racing car with up to 184 kW hp) when it entered and won the Bühler Hill Climb. This was the first of many racing A total of 111 Mercedes-Benz SS cars built, starting in November with the model staying on the lists until July

Technical data – Mercedes-Benz SS hp, road-going version

Production 1928-1933

Cylinders: in-line 6

7065 cubic centimetres

Power: 125 kW (170 hp), supercharger 165 kW (225 hp)

Top speed: 190

Mercedes-Benz SSK 27/170/225 hp (W 06), – road-going version

The SSK (model W 06) is the most exclusive and alluring of the supercharged sports cars to the Mercedes-Benz S-Series. The model stands for Super Sport (“Super-Sport-Kurz” in German), alluding to the car’s particularly sporty and its shortened wheelbase. In the summer of works driver Rudolf won the Gabelbach, Schauinsland and Mont races in the brand-new SSK at the first In 1930 and 1931 he won the European Climb Championship at the wheel of the The lighter and yet more powerful from 1931, which was known as the SSKL (German for “Super Sport Short also scored some victories. One of the most significant was its win in the legendary thousand-mile Mille race in Italy.

Technical – Mercedes-Benz SSK 27/170/225 hp, road-going

Production period: 1928-1930

in-line 6

Displacement: 7065 centimetres

Output: 125 kW (170 with supercharger 165 kW (225 hp)

Top 192 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car (W 194), 1952

Mercedes-Benz the international motorsport scene World War II in 1952 with the 300 SL (W 194). The car is based on an extremely space frame that excellent torsional stiffness. over this is are the elegant of the streamlined light-alloy body from aluminium-magnesium sheet. the space frame extends high up the sides, the W 194 could not be with conventional doors – is how the racing sports car got its characteristic doors, hinged at the roof. feature, which from onwards was also adopted for the 300 SL (W 198) sports car is the reason for the given the car in the English-speaking world: the The car is powered by an M 194 125 kW (170 hp) in-line engine with a displacement of cc. The 300 SL was unveiled in March 1952 and was raced at the Mille Miglia in May Many major successes enjoyed by the W 194, including a sweep of the top-three at the Bern Prix, spectacular one-twos at the 24 of Le Mans and the third Carrera in Mexico and first place at the Jubilee Grand Prix.

data – Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car (W 194)

Period of use:

Cylinders: in-line 6

Displacement: 2996 cubic

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Power: 125 kW (170 hp)

Top speed: 240

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198),

The 300 SL “Gullwing” had its world première at the Motor Sport Show in New in February 1954. This new sports car was based on the legendary 300 SL car (W 194) from the 1952 A light weight space with high torsional carried the engine, gearbox and As with the racing version, was nowhere to install conventional meaning the gullwing doors an unmistakeable feature on the production car too. The W 198 also boasted a fuel injection petrol a world-first for a production car. not only improved efficiency, but increased engine power to 158 kW hp) – around 20 percent more the racing car version, which on a carburettor. Depending on the final ratio used, the 300 SL could a top speed of 260 km/h. This it the fastest series production car of its and the dream sports car of the 1950s. At the Miglia, John Fitch and Gesell won the Gran Turismo for engines greater than cc. In 1956, 300 SL Coupés also the pack at the Mille Miglia, the team of Fürst Metternich and Einsiedel took sixth in the large GT class.

Technical – Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198)

period: 1954-1957

Cylinders: 6

Displacement: 2996 cubic

Power: 158 kW (215 hp)

Top speed: up to 250

Mercedes-Benz 220 a (W 180), 1954-1956

of 1954 saw the launch of Model also designated 220 a (W 180) the first Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder with a unibody design. Its roomy Ponton body, by Mercedes-Benz half a year in the form of the medium-sized Model offered unheard of spaciousness and In a first for series production the Model 220 enjoyed safer characteristics thanks to a single-joint axle. Under the leadership of Kling, the Sports department prepared three vehicles for use at the Miglia 1956. These a version of the twin carburettor would be fitted to the 220′s the 220 S, taking engine power to 85 kW (115 hp). To ensure a drive, shorter, harder and modified shock absorbers fitted. In addition to this, changed gear via a floor of the type found in the 190 SL (W 121), of the steering wheel gearshift as standard.

Technical data – Mercedes-Benz 220 a (W – series production version

period: 1954-1956

Cylinders: 6

Displacement: 2195 cubic

Power: 63 kW (85 hp)

Top speed: 150 km/h

ambassadors for Mercedes-Benz Classic at Miglia 2014

Born on 12 1950 in Altingen

Trained as a automotive mechanic, Roland began his motor racing as a hobby, but achieved victories a professional: after winning the Hill-Racing Championship in 1981 and the Motor Racing Trophy in he had his debut in the German Touring Car (DTM) in 1985. In 1988, he DTM vice-champion with the Mercedes-Benz 190 E of the BMK team. In the late 1980s, he won the rating in the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup times, and in 1991 the championship in the Porsche Carrera Cup. In the 1990s, he achieved a total of wins and various good in the DTM for Mercedes-Benz. In 1993, he became DTM for the second time, and in 1995 to Ford in the Super Touring Car Roland Asch remains closely associated with as a brand ambassador.


The five-times DTM Champion Bernd achieved his first motor successes in kart racing and in 3, also competing in Formula 1, in the Le 24-Hour Race and in the FIA GT Championship, he won in 1997. The DTM was to become the stage he would celebrate his most victories: Schneider joined the team in 1992, winning the DTM title for the team in 1995 having come third in the rating in 1992 and 1993. the revival of the DTM as the German Touring Car in 2000, Schneider was Champion in 2001, 2003, and 2006. He was vice-champion in 2002. Bernd is still closely associated the Mercedes-Benz, and is active for the company as a driver and brand ambassador.

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