Mercedes-Benz: A Racing Journey

June 14, 2018

Mercedes-Benz advertising poster by Walter Muller


Ever since motor racing began in the late 1800’s, Mercedes and Benz have been participating and winning.  As they joined their efforts together the tradition continued and in the last 120+ years they have been very successful indeed.  

With only a few interruptions, due to wars or accident, the Marque from Stuttgart has championed successfully over many competitors and in all forms of racing they have entered, even to this day.

Both Marques, Daimler-Motoren-Gesselsvhaft and Benz Patent-Motorwagen, independently enjoyed success in the sport of motor racing throughout their separate histories. But when the two companies were merged to form the Mercedes-Benz brand in 1926, they continued their relentless campaign of excellence, right up through today’s racing events.  Throughout its long history, the company has been involved in a range of motorsport activities, including sports car racing, Formula 1, Indy Cars and rallying. On several occasions Mercedes-Benz has withdrawn completely from motorsport for a significant period, but they have repeatedly returned to prominence.  

Several notable achievments of the racing partnership bear mentioning.  A single Benz competed in the world's first motor race, the 1894 Paris–Rouen, where Émile Roger finished 14th in 10 hours 1 minute.  Between 1934 and 1939, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows dominated the Grand Prix Circuit, and in the 50's, the Marque dominated Formula 1 driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio.  Prior to the famous accident in 1955, they nearly dominated both at Le Mans and the Carrera Panamerica, and did well at the Mille Miglia. Starting in the mid 80's the Brand saw a resurgence with the return of Mercedes-Benz to endurance racing, which took the company to new heights.

Mercedes-Benz is currently active in four motorsport categories, Formula Three, DTM, Formula One and GT, even winning the Formula 1 Constructor's and Driver's Championship for the last four years.

Over the last 40+ years here at l’art et l’automobile, we have accumulated a vast collection of moments and memorabilia from Mercedes-Benz’s illustrious racing and production career, including many of their triumphs and successes over the decades.  

Today we are pleased to share these pieces with you, our email subscribers, and wholeheartedly invite you to come and tour the Mercedes-Benz Collection at Feel free to peruse the gallery, and perhaps add something to your collection.


Jacques Vaucher

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