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May 15, 1938 Tripoli Grand Prix: Mercedes-Benz scores a triple victory with Hermann Lang (number 46), Manfred von Brauchitsch (number 44) and Rudolf Caracciola (number 26) in their 3-liter W154 Silver Arrows. Lang's achieved an average speed during the 524 km (325.6 miles) race of 205.1 km/h (127.4 mph).

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL at the break of dawn. The elegance of racing... Original photograph: Royce Rumsey / Auto-Focused

Fully restored by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach, Germany - the oldest existing 300 SL race car, chassis #2, built in 1952. Photo: Royce Rumsey

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194) race car in the Untertuerkheim wind tunnel, January 2012.

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May 30, 1937, AVUS race: Hermann Lang set a new world record, racing at 163 mph - nobody else should get a race car to that speed during a race until 1959.

1909 Blitzen-Benz at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Photo: Royce Rumsey

Mercedes-Benz W154 Grand Prix Car at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Photo: Royce Rumsey

Mercedes-Benz W154 Grand Prix car at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.