75 years of racing car carriers for Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows


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  • A family reunion featuring three generations of vehicles from a period of 75 years
  • “The Blue Wonder” of 1955: The fastest truck in the world
  • 1934: The new Silver Arrows are now transported on trucks
  • Current Actros generation serves as the racing car carrier for Formula 1 and DTM
  • To be used in 2010 for the Mercedes Grand Prix works team

Stuttgart – The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, having first blazed to victory on the world’s racetracks back in 1934. Their drivers have become legends, with names like Rudolf Caracciola and Manfred von Brauchitsch still ringing in the ears of motor sports enthusiasts.

However, neither the Silver Arrows of yesteryear nor those of today rolled to the racetrack under their own power. The sensitive high-performance vehicles, whether for Formula 1 or touring races, need a perfect infrastructure. Races could not be run without racing car carriers, and consequently there could be no racing victories.

Some of the Mercedes racing car carriers are no less spectacular than the racing vehicles they transport. Next year the racing car carriers will once again be used in the Formula 1 races by a works team sporting the Mercedes star — the Mercedes Grand Prix.


Test driving at Hockenheimring in 1955. The multiple world champion Juan Manuel Fangio and “The Blue Wonder” racing car carrier from Mercedes-Benz with a W 196 R Formula 1 racing car on its loading platform.