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July 04, 2014 AT 3:54 PM
"Some of the fastest, most exhilarating, most innovative and most beautiful Mercedes-Benz cars spanning a century of motorsport took to the Goodwood Hill in glorious sunshine today. Marking the first day of track action on the Goodwood Hill, Mercedes-Benz cars both old and new were being driven hard up the 1.16-mile route. They ranged from race-winning 1928 Mercedes SSK through to the mighty W 165 R Silver Arrow, the SL 500 rally car and the flame-spitting Sauber-Mercedes C 9 endurance racer. The action extended to production cars, with the most extreme AMG road car yet created, the SLS AMG Black Series, making a smoky appearance on the Hill while the same car that drove from Africa to the UK on a single tank of fuel, an E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, also debuted. Behind the wheel were some of the greatest racers from recent times – including Dario Franchitti, Jochen Mass, Klaus Ludwig and Sir Stirling Moss. In a poignant moment, Basil Croft, grandfather of Sky Formula One commentator David Croft, who celebrated his 100th birthday in March, was driven up the Goodwood Hill in a Mercedes Grand Prix car that won the French race in the year he was born. His driver, racing legend Jochen Mass, took him on a special run up the Goodwood Hill in the century-old racer while former Formula One racer Karl Wendlinger also took him for a ride in the 1928 SSK. Anthony Davidson piloted a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car in dramatic style in front of the crowds – at the same time recording a 360 degree film that visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Exhibition stand can experience over the weekend via Oculus Rift virtual reality devices."