Wife takes a Joyride. Popularises the motorcar – Bertha Benz

A reenactment of Bertha's road trip. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Authors note: When the founder of The Mechanists, Hedi Sersoub, tasked me with writing a piece on an influential woman in automotive design and engineering, my mind drew a blank. I had barely heard of such a figure and, yet, it never occurred to me that there might be one. Most, if not all, influential…

Monday Money: The C36 AMG

It was the nineties and Mercedes was growing a little tired of watching BMW dominate the small sports sedan market with their M3, and as 1995 approached, the lederhosen in Merc HQ were beginning to get so bunched up that they were at risk of breaking. If only there was someone who had experience making…

The DTM Golden era: BMW Vs. Mercedes-Benz

Rewind to the 1970s: The compact executive saloon market was flooded with boring, affordable versions of their full-size executive counterparts. One car stood out from the pack, nicknamed the “Flying Brick”, the E21 320 turbo was a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack but also in the showrooms – proving true the “Win…

Bloody Heroes: Juan-Manuel Fangio

Introduction Last time on Bloody Heroes, Juan-Manuel Fangio was briefly discussed as a mentor to Sir Stirling Moss’, but he was more than just that. He was nicknamed by many as El Maestro (“The Master”) and seen as a father figure to Moss. We will be looking at how he earned that title and what…

Bloody Heroes: Stirling Moss Part 2

Moss and Jenkinson, dirty but victorious.

It was a victory Stirling Moss himself described as his “greatest win”, and is a record that still stands to this day; over 1000 miles on unfamiliar public roads, with spectators spilling onto the course and the possibility of death looming over every twist and bend, Moss managed to complete the Mille Miglia in just…

Bloody Heroes: Stirling Moss Part 1

Stirling Moss in his Maserati 250F

If you have even the faintest interest in cars or motorsport you will have heard of Stirling Moss; of the 529 races he entered during his racing career, he won almost half, with 212 victories between 1948 and 1962. Often described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship”, he won 16 Formula…

Monday Money – For the long bonnet lovers

What’s not to like about a 2 seater convertible? I guess not much, especially when it offers a great look (subjective…), a whole range of engine choices and real comfort for long distance cruises. The Mercedes SL series have been applying that model rather successfully for decades, and today we will review the 2 classic…

„Only Flying is better“

The slogan was used by Mercedes-Benz to introduce the successor of the 300SL Gullwing, the 300SL Roadster. In 1957 open-top two-seaters were incredibly popular which lead to the decision to convert the legendary W198, Gullwing, into its roadster version. The production of Mercedes’ new highlight started in 1957 and ended in 1963. The main frame…

Dream car of the 50’s.

The word Gullwing, was entirely new interpreted in the 50’s. Ever since then, Mercedes-Benz fans turn their heads with admiration as soon as the word flies through the air. The 300 SL is a 1950’s dream car and one of the most famous vehicles from the brand with the star. The roots of the legendary sports car…