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Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 120 Years of Motorsports at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed


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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  •      1903 Sixty HP – 1908 140 HP Grand-Prix – 1908 140 HP Engine
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  •           Two of the three 1914 Grand-Prix racing cars at the event
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  • 1903 Sixty HP
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  • Two of the Silver Arrows are warmed up prior to their run
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  • 1930s Road cars in the Cartier “Style et Luxe” Concours


5 responses to “Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 120 Years of Motorsports at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    • John, Good to here you enjoyed it, but the real thanks go to Stefan Marjoram for his excellent images.

      It is an event that you really need to take in some day if you can. I was fortunate to attend and participate in it a few years back helping Joe Freeman with his Duesenberg racing car that I take maintain for him.

      After participating in all of the top events here in this country, I have to say that at Goodwood they take it a notch higher and everything is done first class and the people are great and some incredible machinery always shows up.

  1. A delightful event.
    In the 1894 Paris Rouen event, it is quite a fine thing that several cars including Peugeot and Panhard et Levassor used engines built under license from Daimler, and they arrived second through fifth, not the “first four” as the MB website states, perhaps making them “victors” along with the other prize winners. Despite Daimler-Benz enthusiasts’ 120 year history of claiming to have Won the First Automobile Race, the 1894 Paris-Rouen Concours du ‘Petit Journal’ Les Voitures sans Chevaux was not the first automobile race, nor was it a race. Therefore no cars built by Mercedes-Benz or their predecessors could “win the race.” The announcement in Le Petit Journal on 19 December 1893 expressly denied that it would be a race – ce ne sera pas une course.
    In this Concours, there were 102 applicants, 21 qualified after extensive driving demonstrations including 6 steam cars. The qualifying clearly met the requirements of being not dangerous, easy to drive, and cheap during the journey. But the main prize was not for this or for speed or even for a car , but for the competitor whose car comes closest to the ideal. And so, despite the fact that De Dion and Bouton arrived in their steam car first at every stage and at the end, these gentlemen were given the second prize, the Prix Marinoni, since they had a stoker (ick). The first prize, Prix du Petit Journal, was split between the next four competitors: the sons of Peugeot and Panhard et Levassor. Paul Daimler was there. He never said they came in first.
    Now, if you please, the 1894 Paris Rouen concours first prize was awarded to four competitors whose cars used motors built under Daimler license. Surely that is worth bragging about and is accurate.
    See Wikipedia, 1894 Paris Rouen, for a truly fine presentation of the details.

    • Karl, Of course a manufacturer will put the best spin possible of their involvement in any event they are connected with.

      We took Mercedes word for their results, time does not allow for us to spend days finding and searching through period accounts of many of the events we cover.

      The Wiki entry may very well be correct, but over time we have found that many are not. Regardless, the Mercedes-Benz 120 year involvement in competition is very special.

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