On December 10th Mercedes posted a tribute to the great Stirling Moss, who left us on April 12th, last year. Just imagine, to see (and hear!) his fabulous 300 SLR #722 running around the streets of London…
Richard John Beattie-Seaman was more than probably England’s best racing driver of the 1930s. Despite that, his name is relegated to footnotes in history books. This 47 minute-long video by the Discovery Channel tells his story. A little bit over-dramatic at parts, and also not 100% historically factual, however a thoroughly delightful film. I really enjoyed seeing actual Golden Era race footage, specially of the 1937 Avusrennen.
All in all a very interesting window to the Silberpfeile and the Golden Era of GP racing.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #104 Pilots: S. Moss, P. Collins Team: Daimler Benz AG Race: 1st overall (S+ 2.0) at Targa Florio in 1955 Spark - 43TF55 (resin)
In January last year Jay Leno released a very interesting episode in his “Jay Leno’s Garage”. I talked about this car in the second part of my Silver Arrows series last month. This is the replica of the original 1932 Silberpfeil that Mercedes Benz built in 2019, and Jay Leno made a fantastic 28 minutes video about it. In this video was the first time I heard Mercedes admit that it wasn’t Alfred Neubauer who originally coined the term.
Historical origins aside, as usual, Leno produced a fantastic video that’s really worth the watch.
And finally we arrive at the last part of the series. After explaining what is a Silberpfeil and how they came to be called that, now it’s time to define which cars are Silver Arrows. Even though Mercedes-Benz uses the term very broadly, not every silver car is a Silberpfeil. Historically speaking you can count them on your fingers. Even if you add the variations (like hill climbers and record cars), the actual number is very low. How low? Click below.
Part III: When is a silver car a Silberpfeil?
Last week I briefly explained what are the Silver Arrows. Of course you can write a whole book on the subject but I think my text can give at least an idea about what were these silver cars. For me at least, another very interesting side to these cars is the name. Why are they called Silver Arrows? I find the story behind their name quite entertaining. Through the link below you can have a glimpse of how it came to be.
Part II: Where does the name come from?
My Silver Arrows are a BIG part of my collection, and therefore I’m really proud of them. Throughout my reviews I’ve written a lot about them, and I love all the history behind the machines and the men. A few days ago, thinking about my reviews (or lack of 😥) I reckoned it would be interesting to do a write-up on the history of the cars. Basically, about what they are, why are they called Silver Arrows and what cars are actual Silver Arrows. So with all-new photographs I compiled everything in a three-part series.
I’m still working on the pics and even polishing-up the text, but I believe I’ll publish the next parts in a couple of weeks.
Here is Part I: What are the Silberpfeile?
1938 Auto Union Typ D Pilot: Tazio Nuvolari Team: Auto Union Race: 1st place in the Donington GP of 1936 Minichamps - 400380004 (diecast)
1934 Mercedes-Benz W25 Pilot: Manfred von Brauchitsch Team: Mercedes-Benz Race: 1st place in the 1934 Eifel GP Spark - B66041001 (diecast)