Goodwood celebrates 60 years of the iconic Mercedes-Benz SL

Jubilee for a famous car.
Jubilee for a famous car.

AT this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 28 – July 1) the annual vehicle display along the famous Walk of Fame red carpet, leading up to the BlackRock Drivers’ Club, will celebrate the diamond jubilee of the popular Mercedes-Benz SL.

The origins of the Mercedes-Benz SL sports car family date back 60 years to 1952, when Daimler-Benz AG entered three of the newly developed, futuristically designed Mercedes-Benz 300SL racing sports coupés with distinctive “gullwing” doors in the arduous Le Mans 24 Hours race, following their remarkable second place finish of their debut in the Mille Miglia earlier that year.

In 1954, Mercedes began production of the now famous gullwing 300SL, the model designation derived from the German Super Leicht, or Super Lightweight.

The gullwing was joined by the first SL roadster model in 1955 – the more affordable 190SL – with the exotic convertible 300 SL appearing in 1957.

A representation of each of the six generations of the Mercedes-Benz SL will line the BlackRock Drivers’ Club walkway to form a historic backdrop of this most famous of all sporting Mercedes models.

All of the drivers and riders participating in this summer’s Festival of Speed will appear on the walk-way leading into the exclusive BlackRock Drivers’ Club throughout the event, giving Festival goers and fans the rare opportunity to see their heroes up close, and possibly even have a word or two with them too!

To order advance tickets, please contact the Ticket Hotline on 01243 755055, or Fax 01243 755058.