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Ikonen der Rennwagengeschichte

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz-Classic

Ikonen der Rennwagengeschichte

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz-Classic

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Book tip from Ulrike Ruh, program director

“As robust as a tank, yet as agile as a jungle cat,” is the way the 300 SLR driver John Fitch encapsulated the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in his autobiography, Racing with Mercedes.

Although the racecar, known as one of the first silver arrows, had only one season to show what it had in it, it won all of the noteworthy races in 1955. Stirling Moss’s course record at the Mille Miglia is legendary, and remains unbroken to this day.

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From the start it was clear to us that we wanted to publish this book about an icon of Swabian engineering; equally obvious was that a monograph about this cult racing car, which still appears incredibly sexy to us today, would have to be spectacular. While the book was under development, the participants themselves became design engineers, because it was important to transport the aesthetics and technical refinements of the vehicle via the book. For instance, a large section of the book has been printed in a silkscreen process in silver on black-imbued paper made in the land of the Mille Miglia, Italy. This visualizes the color aesthetic of the “silver arrow,” with the dense color making it seem nearly tangible. A lightweight, delicate paper in Japanese binding symbolizes the light car body and its robustness, which is owed to the car’s solid construction.

The result is a book that is a bibliophilic superlative, in terms of its sophisticated production. Featuring previously unpublished material from the Mercedes-Benz archive, the volume provides insight into the development of the 300 SLR, including extensive technical data, while taking us on an atmospheric journey through time, back to the racing events of the 1950s. We’re left with the desire to take a spin in the 300 SLR in the courtyard of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, where several original, super-light racecars are on display.

April 23, 2015

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