Fans and VIP guests set to join Mercedes-Benz in celebrating the 2014 sporting year at Stars & Cars!
- Stars & Cars on Saturday, 29th November 2014, will be held in and around Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
- In attendance will be the 2014 Formula 1 World Champion, plus the management team behind the 2014 World Constructors’ Championship winners
- Demo runs featuring 67 modern and classic cars will be taking place
- Free entry for all fans
The 16th edition of Stars & Cars will once again be staged in and around the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. A temporary 1.1 km show track, on which fans can see modern and classic Mercedes-Benz racing cars in action, as they stage demonstration runs, will be especially constructed for the event. Stars & Cars, 2014 at a glance:
- 22 demonstration runs of various kinds
- 30 marshals
- 67 current and historic racing cars
- 200 security personnel
- 550 metres of concrete barriers and guardrails
- 1,100 metres of temporary show track around the Mercedes-Benz Museum
- 3,300 metres of barriers
Admission is free for all visitors. A comprehensive and entertaining programme for fans will include pit stop competitions, autograph signing sessions and interviews. The event begins at 10:00 am on Saturday. Spectators can follow the interviews on three video screens to be erected on the main stage, on the stage by the track and at the roundabout.
- Official start of the event at 10:00 am
- 22 motorcades throughout the day, starting at 10:10 am
- Interviews with Formula 1 and DTM drivers
- Interviews with Dr Dieter Zetsche, Martin Kaymer, Joachim Löw, Oliver Bierhoff
- Performances by Mr Santos + band
Many more current and former racing drivers will be among the guests at Stars & Cars apart from the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 and DTM drivers. Professional golfer Martin Kaymer, football coach Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national football team, will also be present. The following personalities are among the guests expected:
- Roland Asch (successful touring car driver, 5 DTM wins with Mercedes-Benz)
- Valtteri Bottas (Formel 1 driver at Williams Mercedes)
- Oliver Bierhoff (manager of the German national football squad)
- Hans Herrmann (motor racing legend, successful Mercedes Silver Arrows driver, 1954/55)
- Martin Kaymer (golf pro, Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador)
- Ellen Lohr (the only woman so far to have won a DTM race, in 1992 with Mercedes-Benz)
- Klaus Ludwig (ex-DTM driver for Mercedes AMG, touring car legend, three-time DTM champion, FIA GT champion, 1998, multiple Le Mans winner)
- Joachim Löw (head coach to the national side, 2014 world champions)
- Bernd Mayländer (ex-DTM driver for Mercedes AMG, driver of the Formula 1 safety car)
- Jochen Mass (Formula 1 GP legend, 24 Hours of Le Mans race winner, 1989)
- Stirling Moss (Mercedes Silver Arrows driver in Formula 1, 1955, legendary winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia, F1 star with 66 GP starts, 16 GP victories, four-time world championship runner-up)
- Ewy Rosqvist (rally driver for Mercedes-Benz, winner of the 1962 touring car grand prix of Argentina)
- Susie Wolff (former DTM driver, test & development driver at Williams Mercedes)
A total of 67 modern and classic racing cars will feature in Stars & Cars. The oldest car present will be the grand prix racing car from 1914 in which the Mercedes team secured the celebrated triple victory in France 100 years ago. A large variety of cars will be at the event, ranging from Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows to Mercedes-Benz DTM cars, whose pedigree in the DTM stretches back over more than a quarter century, and to the Formula 1 world championship winning car of 2014, the Mercedes AMG F1 W05 hybrid. The racing cars will be used during the day to stage 22 demo runs of various kinds. The vehicles include:
- Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Hybrid (Formula 1 world championship car, 2014)
- Mercedes Grand Prix car from1914 (triple winner at French grand prix)
- Mercedes-Benz W 196 R (Formula 1 world championship car driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, 1954 and 1955)
- Mercedes-Benz W 25 (maiden victory in first race, 1934, starts the Silver Arrows success story)
- Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR ‘722’ (W 196 S) (winning car at 1955 Mille Miglia, sports car world championship winner, 1955)
- Sauber Mercedes C 9 (winning car at Le Mans & sports car world championship winner, 1989, seven straight wins in eight races)
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT safety car (current Formula 1 safety car)
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 (winner of the most prestigious endurance races of 2013: Dubai, Bathurst, Nürburgring, Spa, Barcelona and Abu Dhabi)
- DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (current DTM car and successor to the most successful car ever in DTM history)
- Mercedes-Benz Actros World Champions Truck” (used as rolling stage for the German world champion football team in July 2014)
- And many, many more
The most spectacular motorcade ever seen: Since time immemorial, the three letters SLR have stood for racing par excellence and have instilled in fans a certain fascination that is unparalleled in history. But Motorcade Number 4, featuring sensational SLR cars, also breaks all records off the race track – the six vehicles parading on the track around the Mercedes-Benz Museum have a combined value of more than 100 million euros. Two classic 300 SLRs (SLR 300 ‘722’ and the Uhlenhaut Coupé) and four modern SLRs (SLR McLaren coupé, SLR McLaren Roadster, SLR McLaren ‘722’ and the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss) will star in this particular motorcade.
The 2014 Motor Racing Anniversary Year:
120 years of Mercedes-Benz in motor racing, 80 years of the Silver Arrows, 30 years in the DTM.
The first victory for a Daimler engine was achieved in the first ever car race, the 1894 Paris-Rouen road race, which marked the beginning of an ongoing success story. The first two Formula One world titles secured by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and 1955, the victories in the Le Mans long distance classic in 1952 and 1989 and the win at the 500 Miles of Indianapolis in 1994 count among the greatest successes of Mercedes-Benz in motor racing.
In the modern era of Formula One, Mercedes-Benz along with partner McLaren and the Brawn GP customer team have won four drivers’ and two constructors’ titles. In 2014, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Silver Arrows works team won the Formula 1 constructors’ world championship for the first time in the history of Mercedes-Benz. In the DTM, Mercedes-Benz is the most successful brand in the history of the series. Mercedes-Benz drivers have won a total of nine drivers’ titles since 1988, the first year of entry of Mercedes-Benz as a works team.
Legendary winning cars from 120 years of motor racing history are displayed in their original state on the spectacular banked turn at the Mercedes-Benz museum.