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Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 120 years of motorsport’s history this year that first started with the Daimler-type engine proving to be successful in the Petit Journal race from Paris to Rouen in 1894. The company had developed the engines that powered the first four cars to victory.
At the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed the company went all out and had artistic genius Gerry Judah create the centerpiece sculpture seen above for the event. The artwork extended over and above the Goodwood House running from the central courtyard and out onto the lawn next to the Lord of March’s driveway which serves as the Festival’s racecourse.
Our friend Stefan Marjoram was at the event working for Mercedes-Benz, and captured these images and also created a number of his signature sketches. Below are a selection covering the many important pre-war cars from the companies past that came from around the globe to attend.
Take a moment to visit with Mercedes-Benz at their Classic Center website to see an outstanding presentation they have put together to celebrate these 120 Years of Motorsport. You can visit with Stefan Marjoram here to view more of his exceptional work and with Goodwood here.
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By Mark Dawber:
This is the first time in a number of years we were able to attend the Irishman Rally, a popular event in New Zealand, and I figured the rest of the old car world might be interested in learning more about it. One-hundred and forty two pre-1932 cars were involved, and 380 people attended the 60th Anniversary event. Because of the large numbers of entries the organizer took a conservative approach to the route and included only one river crossing which proved impassable on the day, due not to too much water, but to the bottom being too soft.
The Saturday run was about 200 miles, beginning in Fairlie and taking in Waimate, Meyers Pass, and Kurow for lunch. In the afternoon, we went back up the Hakataramea Valley, over the Hakataramea Pass, and finally we went over the Mackenzie Pass before returning to Fairlie. As you can see from the photos, the weather was magnificent and roads were in good condition. At Kurow, we crossed the Waitaki River by the old 1881 bridge which is being replaced by a new structure.
The Sunday run took in three historic high country sheep stations; Irishman Creek (which gave the rally its name as it originally went there), Braemar and Mount Cook. At each property, we were given a brief talk about the history and the current operation, and at the last, Mount Cook, we were served lunch.
Before the weekend, we treated our 1929 Plymouth to a much-needed complete brake overhaul, and we fitted a set of new tires and a new battery. It ran well all weekend and would cruise quite happily at 45-50 mph on easy country, though it is a bit slow on hills, more so at the higher altitudes we encountered of (1000 meters – 3200-feet). My 17 year old son drove most of the trip; it was a good opportunity for him the experience some new country and different driving conditions.
You can look back at an excellent video showing the rally last year in a very unique presentation through the windshield of a 1929 Buick here. Visit with the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand, to learn more about the very active old car scene there. See an issue of the club magazine Beaded Wheels here.
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America is working towards advancing the connection between the younger generation and the antique motorcycling fraternity. This pair of photos is from that effort and shows an early circa 1906 Indian single-cylinder machine above, and the members of Our Gang, posing with a pair of circa 1930 Henderson Streamline “KJ” police machines below. Visit with the AMCA here to learn more about the club.