|Mercedes-Benz wins Best of Show title at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance|
|• A Mercedes-Benz Saoutchik S Type receives the coveted award • Originally delivered in 1928 • Seventh Best of Show title for Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart – A Mercedes-Benz Saoutchik S Type has won this year's Best of Show title at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car, whose 'torpedo' bodywork with low windscreen was designed by French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik, captured the hearts of the judges, who named it the finest vehicle on display at the prestigious event. The Mercedes-Benz Classic Archives have information on the winning car to offer. It was originally ordered by Mercedes-Benz Comp. Inc., New York, for a Mr. Charles Levine, New York. On 2 August 1928, the chassis was delivered to Saoutchik in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. The company manufactured and mounted the sports two-seater body and charged 72,327.25 French Francs (equalling 11,572.35 Reichsmark) to Daimler-Benz AG in December 1928. The exact date of delivery is not documented, but it is supposed to have happened in December 1928. Current owners Judy and Paul Andrews of White Settlement, Texas, had the car extensively restored before presenting it to the panel of judges in Pebble Beach. Before that the vehicle had been kept in storage for around 30 years. The Mercedes-Benz S Type – also known as the 680 S because of its 6.8-litre engine capacity – was launched in 1927 as an evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Model K super sports car. It established the legendary family of heavyweight supercharged cars that included the SS and SSK models from 1928. The cars dominated racing history over the years, but could also be bought as conventional road vehicles. All vehicles in this family had a six-cylinder in-line engine with a supercharger to increase output. Power was also boosted by the dual ignition. Each cylinder had two spark plugs, one fired by a battery ignition and the other by a high-voltage magneto ignition. Exclusive high-performance sports car The 6.8-litre engine of the S Type, the model on which all the others were based, produced an output of 120 bhp (88 kW) without a supercharger and 180 bhp (132 kW) with the supercharger engaged. This made the S Type one of the fastest and most sought-after sports cars of its time. Its debut public appearance at the opening race at the Nürburgring in 1927 ended with a threefold victory for Mercedes-Benz. Rudolf Caracciola drove his S Type across the finishing line in first place. Only 146 of these exclusive high-performance sports cars were ever made, the vast majority of them sold as open-top four-seaters with a Sindelfingen body. A select few, however, such as this year's Best in Show winner at Pebble Beach, were delivered as a chassis to have their bodywork made by the most famous coachbuilders of the era. For many years now, the Mercedes-Benz S Type has been one of the most popular collector's cars and also one of the most valuable. At a Gooding & Company auction held at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster from 1936 was sold for $11.8 million. 'Mercedes-Benz vehicles always achieve top prices at international auctions,' says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. 'And the Special Roadster is one of the most coveted cars among prominent collectors.' This particular vehicle has an fascinating history. First bought by an aristocratic Prussian family, it soon passed into the ownership of Baroness Gisela von Krieger. During the Second World War, she took the Special Roadster first to Switzerland and from there to the USA, where it remained unused in a garage for more than 40 years until her death. The car was then restored to immaculate condition. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the USA is among the world's most prestigious classic car shows. This year there was a separate class for the creations of Jacques Saoutchik. Originally from Russia, the cabinetmaker had emigrated to France and established a coachbuilding company that enjoyed widespread fame in the 1920s and 1930s. He produced many extravagant designs for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Mercedes-Benz cars have a very special place on the hallowed turf of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, winning Best of Show seven times and collecting more than 120 First in Class and Special Awards as part of a long list of successes since 1950. Did you know ...? At the Goodwood Revival (14-16 September 2012) Mercedes-Benz Classic will be represented by five original Silver Arrows from the 1930s – and is organising a staged race for them together with Auto Union which will be the biggest gathering of Silver Arrows for a number of decades.|
|2014 United States Grand Prix - PreviewRound 17 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, held at the Circuit of the Americas.|
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Crossing the line on Sunday in Sochi was a really amazing moment. To win the very first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and help the team achieve the first Constructors' Championship for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish – it couldn't have got much better. When I went to the factories ....
|Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Announces 2015 ScheduleMONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 – Fan favorites, international series and historic racing are on the calendar as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced its 2015 race schedule today.|
The 2015 season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is as follows:
• TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (May 1-3)
• eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round (July 17-19)
• Moterey Pre-Reunion (Aug. 8-9)
• Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Aug. 13-16)
• Pirelli World Challenge (Sept....
|‘Stars & Cars' in Stuttgart – celebrate the ‘best'•On Saturday, 29th November 2014, Mercedes-Benz intends to mark the end of the exceptional sporting year that was 2014 |
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Silver Arrows works team heads to Stuttgart as 2014 Formula 1 Constructors' World Champions
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg, plus all seven Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers will attend the event
•Demo drives of current and classic racing cars
•Autograph signings, interviews & fan 'happenings' in and around the M....
|Porsche Announces Rennsport Reunion V• The World's Largest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars and Drivers Come Back to Monterey for an Encore |
ATLANTA – Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will again take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.
Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well t....
|HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL TO FEATURE CARS OF THE RICH & FAMOUSThis year's 'Life' exhibit puts the spotlight on cars with headline heritage|
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, takes a more glamorous approach with its annual 'Life' exhibit and presents Life of the Rich & Famous sponsored by Marriott Vacation Club. Life of the Rich & Famous is the sixth annual 'Life'-themed exhibit on the Fe....
|PORSCHE'S 914 HONORED AT 20TH AMELIA CONCOURS d'ELEGANCEThe 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will honor the first mid-engine production Porsche, the 914 in all its variants. |
At first some Porsche purists lamented the Porsche 914's seemingly humble origins. They whispered the 'V-Word' . . . Volkswagen. The reality was that the 914 is a blood descendant of the seminal Gmund Porsche, the first car to wear the family name and the crest, a pure sports car designed around a Volkswagen-sourced air-cooled flat-four and a mid-engine con....
|Concours d'Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & GardensThe inaugural Concours d'Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens welcomed over 180 rare and exclusive automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles on the well-manicured 70-acre landscape. The backdrop for this elegant affair was the 6th largest historic estate open to the public - the Stan Hywet – which has the reputation as being the home of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. co-founder F.A. Seiberling. |
On the day of the concours, the weather report predicted rain. Instead, the enthusiasts and colle....