Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrows

Silver Arrows at the Goodwood Revival 2012

Silver Arrows at the 2012 Goodwood Revival – Mercedes-Benz W 125, 1937

A deafening roar erupts from the 600 bhp (441 kW) supercharged engine of the new Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow as it makes its debut on 9 May 1937 at the Tripoli Grand Prix. This was the call of the ultimate racing car of 1937. Because not only did the Mercedes-Benz W 125 clinch victory in its debut race (with Hermann Lang at the wheel), but it went on to win many other competitions that year. Rudolf Caracciola drove the car to three victories in five races for Mercedes-Benz on his way to winning another European Championship.

It took great passion and engineering expertise to build this Grand Prix racer, which was based on an entirely new design. By going to great lengths in designing the car completely from scratch, the Mercedes-Benz racing department demonstrated a huge amount of faith in their new competition vehicle. After all, the W 125 was developed specifically for a single year – 1937 – the fourth and final season of the 750-kilogram formula. After three years of using the W 25, Mercedes-Benz entered a brand new racing car just as this great era drew to a close – it was a move that brought a huge amount of success.

Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Driven by Jochen Mass, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows at Goodwood Revival 2012 (photo: Tim Scott)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Driven by Jochen Mass, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows at Goodwood Revival 2012 (photo: Tim Scott)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrow
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows (center) behind the W 25 and in front of the Auto Union Type C (photo: Julien Mahiels)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Swiss Grand Prix, Bremgarten, August 22, 1937. Rudolf Caracciola, who was to win the race, with start number 14 in a Mercedes-Benz W 125. In the fore: Bernd Rosenmeyer (start number 8) and Hans Stuck (start number 10), both in Auto Union. (photo: Daimler AG)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Double victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Livorno, September 12, 1937. The winner Rudolf Caracciola (start number 2) and Herman Lang (start number 6), who finished in second place, both in Mercedes-Benz formula racing cars W 125. (photo: Daimler AG)
Mercedes-Benz formula racing car W 125, 1937 (photo: Daimler AG)
Mercedes-Benz formula racing car W 125, 1937 (photo: Daimler AG)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows (photo: Julien Mahiels)
Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows
Driven by Jochen Mass, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrows at Goodwood Revival 2012 (photo: Tim Scott)

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  1. As David Hinshaw says, “Great photo gallery and history of these awesome machines. Thanks to all involved for putting this together!” Good also to see Stuck (senior!) in hill-climbing and also Luigi Fagioli who always seemed to be overshadowed by Caracciola and Seaman in pre-war racing and by Fangio and Farina in 1950-1951. A driver who deserves to be remembered more than he is. An article for your site, maybe?