Mercedes-Benz Classic will be an integral part of the celebration of Juan Manuel Fangio at the 2011 Goodwood Revival, scheduled for 16-18 September at Goodwood Motor Circuit in England.
This year’s Revival will honor the centenary of Fangio’s birth, in addition to the 60th anniversary of Fangio winning the first of his five world championships. A daily track parade will include a variety of his most famous cars, including the Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz with which Fangio wrote motor sport history in the 1954 and 1955 seasons. Besides notching up major success in various sports car races, the Argentine became Formula 1 world champion in both those years.
Mercedes-Benz Classic has put together an illustrious field of drivers and vehicles for the 2011 Goodwood Revival. Among the drivers taking to the classic track, where races were held between 1948 and 1966, will be Juan Manuel Fangio II. The nephew of the legendary world champion will be driving the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R, a Formula 1 racing car with a streamlined body from 1954.
Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann, teammates of Fangio during the Silver Arrows’ post-war era, will also be remembering the five-time Formula 1 champion, two times on Mercedes-Benz. At the Revival, Moss will take the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car from 1955. It was in this vehicle that Fangio won the Eifelrennen and the Swedish Grand Prix in 1955 as well as achieving second place in the Mille Miglia (without a co-driver) and in the Tourist Trophy and Targa Florio (both with Karl Kling). Stirling Moss won the 1955 Mille Miglia together with co-driver Denis Jenkinson also in a W 196 S.
Herrmann will be driving a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W 196 R with open wheels. In 1954 and 1955, Fangio raced to nine victories in both versions of the W 196 R (including the Grand Prix of Buenos Aires with a three-litre engine), came second twice and took one third place, enabling him to win the world championship in both years.