Monday, 2 May 2016

Mercedes Benz W125

On 22 March 2015 I showed some photographs of the 1937 Mercedes Benz W125 that was sent from the Mercedes Benz museum to the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007 to give demonstration runs in the hands of Tony Dron. The W125 had taken part in a Grand Prix race at Donington Park in 1937. Here are some more photographs I took of the car at that SeeRed meeting.
There was no motor racing World Championship in 1937, but Rudolf Caracciola became European Champion by winning 3 of the 5 races in the series.
The 1937 race at Donington Park was a non-Championship race and was won by Berndt Rosemeyer in an Auto Union C type.
That 1937 race was known as the Donington Grand Prix as the RAC would not let the organisers call it the British Grand Prix.
Here's Tony Dron at McLean's Corner in one of his demonstration runs......
......and here he is at Redgate corner on a later run.


  1. Thanks for posting these photos, Dave. I missed that meeting for some unaccountable reason. Tony was driving one of Mercedes' own W125s at the demo, not to be confused with the Crosthwaite and Gardiner replicas that were commissioned by Tom Wheatcroft and which Kevin has demonstrated at various historic events. Kind regards Alan Cox

  2. Thanks Alan - I did a piece on 15 March this year showing the replica W125 in the Donington Park Museum, and of course Mercedes Benz sent across a W154/163 to Donington to be demonstrated at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy meeting in 2008. If you type 'Mercedes Benz W125' or 'Mercedes Benz W163' into the search box on the top right of the page it should bring up a list of all the posts I've published on those cars. You've also reminded me that I've got a couple of photographs of the two cars that Mercedes Benz sent along to be demonstrated by Peter Collins and Tony Brooks at the 1958 Seaman Trophy meeting at Oulton Park in 1958 and I'll dig those out and do a post about those soon.