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From the vast number of drivers who have competed for Mercedes-Benz and its ancestors in the past 115 years, legends such as Hermann Lang, Karl Kling, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher stand out. However, history should not forget all those other works drivers and privateers whose exploits added to the fame of the company at the wheel of formula, sports racing and touring cars; drivers whose names have often unjustly faded from view. Famous or obscure, the 240 fastest of these drivers are presented in this volume, which has been compiled in close co-operation with Mercedes-Benz Classic.
To write an encyclopedia of Mercedes racing drivers is, in essence, to compile a who’s who of the four-wheeled sport. No wonder when, from the very beginning of motor racing, the products of Daimler, Daimler-Benz, and their two predecessors, the world’s oldest auto manufacturers, have been subjected to the ultimate tests on road and track.
Many of the men who drove these cars – Christian Lautenschlager, Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch, Hermann Lang, Karl Kling – displayed a dogged loyalty to the marque. This was in many cases coupled with a remarkable hometown allegiance. The lives of Lang, Walter Schock, Eugen Böhringer and many others were firmly rooted in the soil of Stuttgart. In the 1930s and again in the 1950s, the Swabian dialect, along with English and Italian, was part of the idiom of the race track. Along with a host of private drivers, there were also stars from every corner of the world making guest appearances behind the wheel of Mercedes race cars. Examples included Italians Luigi Fagioli and Piero Taruffi, Britons Dick Seaman, Stirling Moss and Peter Collins, the great Argentinean Juan Manuel Fangio, as well as the two Germans Hans Herrmann and Count Berghe von Trips, each of whom spent a very brief intermezzo with the Stuttgart marque – and this is to say nothing of our own era’s jet-set of international motor racing mercenaries.
Featuring 300 photographs, old and new, this is a comprehensive and fascinating compendium of the men and women who have driven for one of the world’s most important and successful racing teams.
"It is concise and informative, giving a definite character to each personality featured. Absorbing." – Classic Cars
"This is a comprehensive and fascinating compendium of the men and women who have driven for one of the world's most important ands successful racing teams." – Startline
"… illustrated with portraits of almost everyone and some excellent period action photography as well." – Vintage Racecar
"As the title suggests this is more of a reference book than a story, but it's a fascinating read. A very comprehensive look at Stuttgart's finest." – New Zealand Classic Car