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10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history

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The following are 10 major moments in the early history of Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in motorsports:

 

1908, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalChristian Lautenschläger and mechanic Meckle win the French Grand Prix near Dieppe in a Mercedes 140-horsepower racer
1910, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalBarney Oldfield exceeds 131 miles per hour for a "flying mile" in record runs on the beach at Ormond Bay near Daytona Beach, Fla.
1911, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalBob Burman and the 200-horsepower "Blitzen Benz" set speed records at Daytona Beach
1914, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalRalph de Palma wins the Vanderbilt race at Santa Monica in a 37/95-hp Mercedes.
1922, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalCount Giulio Masetti wins the Targa Florio in a 115-horsepower Mercedes Grand Prix racer.
1928, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalMercedes SS racing touring cars sweep the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
1931, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalRudolf Caracciola and Wilhelm Sebastian win the Mille Miglia, a first for a foreigner in Italy's 1000-mile test.
1935, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalRudolf Caracciola and his "Silver Arrow" Mercedes-Benz W25 win the French Grand Prix.
1936, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalRudolf Caracciola sets speed records in a streamlined Mercedes-Benz W25 on the Darmstadt motorway.
1937, 10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history, ClassicCars.com JournalManfred von Brauchitsch wins with teammate Rudolf Caracciola second around Loews corner on their way to a 1-2 finish in the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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