Not just a sponsor of the 2017 edition of the Mille Miglia taking place May 18-21, Mercedes-Benz Classic is also a very active participant. The company has entered 10 classic models from over the decades into the famous Italian road racing event.
This coming Thursday teams will set out from Brescia in northern Italy and be required to complete four stages between then and Sunday on the Brescia-Rome-Brescia route. Former Mercedes-Benz drivers like Ellen Lohr, Roland Asch and Bernd Mayländer will be participating, as will the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, and Aldo Costa, Engineering Director of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team.
Among the cars being driven, an SSK (W 06, 1928-1932), a 300 SL (W 194, 1952), six different Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” models (W 198, 1954-1957), a 190 SL (W 121, 1955-1963) and a 220 (W 180, 1954-1956).
Eligibility for participating in the iconic road race is limited to vehicles whose models competed in the original incarnation of the Mille Miglia, which was held between 1927 and 1957. Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in the event stretches all the way back to 1930, and the company’s cars took top honours in 1931, repeating the exploit in 1955.