It made the car famous and led to the founding of the Automobile Club de France, which organised the first “proper” race in 1895. This ran over the considerable distance of1,192 km from Paris to Bordeaux and back, following a basic principle that still applies today: the fastest wins. Once again, it was the French cars equipped with the “Moteur système Daimler” that won out.
The speed races that took place from 1895 onwards in Paris, London, Marseille, Nice, Berlin, Chicago and elsewhere boosted the automotive business. The slogan “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” became a recipe for success for the manufacturers who therefore made great efforts to turn up and win.
Mercedes-Benz motorsport: a remarkable story of success, from the first race to the present-day German Touring Car Championship (DTM), and from the first Grand Prix to Formula One.