What was your childhood dream? For Festival of Speed founder Lord March, one dream centred on the spectacularly beautiful Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner, from 1954.
“It’s just one of the most beautiful cars ever conceived,” says Lord march of the Streamliner, shortly after sharing a memorable drive up the Goodwood hillclimb today in the company of Sir Stirling Moss, who was following in another W196. “I was just trying to concentrate on keeping it on the road. It’s a big responsibility and I’d never driven it before ten minutes ago.”
The W196 and it’s Streamliner counterpart were responsible for two of Juan Manuel Fangio’s five F1 Championship victories, crushing their opposition. Sir Stirling was part of the Mercedes-Benz team alongside Fangio in 1955, so the sight of the great man re-united with the car was truly something to behold.
The display was part of celebrations marking 120 years of Mercedes-Benz.