MercedesBenz Classic at the International Edelweiss Mountain…

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Mercedes-Benz Classic at the International Mountain Award Rossfeld

A reminder of the golden age of hill

Jochen Mass presents the SSK

Rekindling memories of the historic and Rossfeld races in 2013

In Mercedes-Benz Classic will be in the International Edelweiss Mountain Rossfeld Berchtesgaden. The event back to the heyday of hill in the mid-twentieth century. It was a time the Mercedes-Benz star shone brightly in comparison with its competitors: Rudolf Caracciola won the European Hill Climb three times for Mercedes-Benz 1930 and 1932.

In 2013, Classic will be participating in the Edelweiss Mountain Award Berchtesgaden, which will be for the first time next The three-day event is a fond to the golden ages of the Salzberg in the 1920s, and the Rossfeld race the 1950s to 1970s.

At the “warm-up lap for the Edelweiss Mountain which is being staged oneyear before the start of the racing weekend, Jochen will be presenting an SSK racing car (model series W 06). was extremely successful in hill with the six-cylinder compressor between 1928 and 1935.

The of hill climbs

The individual to shave seconds off time on the winding sections in hill is one of the fascinating disciplines in motor In contrast to circuit races, here start off at regular from down in the valley, and in individually timed runs to the point at the top of the mountain.

Even in the early days of racing around 1900, climbs attracted many of spectators, and by the mid-twentieth century, the had reached the peak of its popularity. were able to experience at quarters the skill and precision which the drivers guided racing cars around hairpin bends, and mastered that seamlessly switched asphalt mountain pass to rough gravel sections.

on the Salzberg since 1925

climbs were first on the dirt road that from Berchtesgaden to Obersalzberg in while the Salzberg race for cars and motorcycles was held 1928. The duel between Caracciola in a Mercedes-Benz SSK and Hans in an Austro-Daimler at the last Salzberg in 1928 has become the stuff of Caracciola finished in second and received a special prize outstanding sporting achievement”.

Caracciola, who at that time was the driver for the Mercedes-Benz racing competed very successfully in climbs in the era of the large compressor sports cars and also in the Silver Arrows era. was evidenced by his two European titles as climb champion for sports in 1930 and 1931. In the following Hans Stuck became the hill climb champion a Mercedes-Benz SSKL.

Mercedes-Benz W06

Optimised for use in hill climbs

In the pre-war Arrows era between 1934 and Mercedes-Benz used specially variants of its Grand Prix for hill climb events. For two lightweight versions of the W 125 developed for the Grand Prix season developed for hill climbs, and successfully used over the few years. One of these successes in 1939, when Hermann won the Grossglockner mountain race in a W 125.

The Mercedes-Benz engineers not only the body of the W 125 that had been for circuit racing, but also other modifications for its special use in racing. For example, for competitions individual time runs on tracks in the mountains, the double on the rear axle were to improve traction in the monoposto. The W 125 was fitted with a modified system for mountain races, just one cooling air inlet at the whereas the Grand-Prix cars had

Lastly, a shorter gear ensured a high level of dynamics on the very winding As a result, the W 125 emerged the triumphant of a large number of mountain and helped add to the special fascination of competitions.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicle at the round for the Edelweiss

Mountain SSK 27/170/225 hp (W 06 series), 1928

Of the six-cylinder sports cars in the S-series, the SSK (model series W 06) is the exclusive and beguiling. The model is an abbreviation of “Super-Sport-Kurz” (German for because it combines a short with exceptional sportiness. In the of 1928, works driver Caracciola promptly won the Gabelbach in the brand-new SSK, and followed up with other victories, the Schauinsland hill climb Freiburg and the Mont Ventoux climb. In 1930 and 1931, the SSK Caracciola win the European Hill Championship. With its weight and performance enhanced still the 1931 version, also as the SSKL (Super-Sport-Short-Light), achieved spectacular success. One of the most victories was in the legendary 1000-mile Miglia”: in April 1931, Caracciola in the SSKL became the non-Italian to win this gruelling race from Brescia to and back.

Technical data Mercedes-Benz SSK 27/170/225 hp road version

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