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  • Dream cars: the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren were among the biggest stars at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.
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    Chantilly 2017: the SLR McLaren spirit lives on.

    The concept car made its debut in January 1999 as the 'Silver Arrow of tomorrow'

Exclusive setting for the super sports car.

A world-famous Renaissance building, wonderful parkland – on 10 September the Château de Chantilly, 50 kilometres to the northeast of the French capital Paris, provided the stunning backdrop for the fourth time to one of the most important events in the calendar for aficionados of exceptional and classic automobiles. The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is traditionally an unmissable occasion for devotees of top-calibre automotive culture.

Dream cars: the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren were among the biggest stars at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.

Dream cars: the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren were among the biggest stars at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.

High-performance sports car with Silver Arrow genes: Mercedes-Benz presented the Vision SLR concept vehicle in 1999. 11 years later it was one of the highlights of the special exhibition 'Super Sports Cars' at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

High-performance sports car with Silver Arrow genes: Mercedes-Benz presented the Vision SLR concept vehicle in 1999. 11 years later it was one of the highlights of the special exhibition 'Super Sports Cars' at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

High-performance sports car with Silver Arrow genes.

This year in Chantilly saw Mercedes-Benz displaying the Vision SLR. The concept car made its debut in January 1999 as the 'Silver Arrow of tomorrow', when it was displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Four years later, the high-performance sports car with the model series designation 199 went into production as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Between then and 2009, more than 2000 units of the car were built.

The foundation of the SLR Club.

SLR owners from Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, the Netherlands and Switzerland made their way to Chantilly with the aim of celebrating - and driving - their super sports cars in a suitably prestigious environment. Twelve top-carat models from the exclusive 199 series took part in the 'Supercars Rally', in which participants drive through the breathtaking countryside of France's 'Oise' department. The Château, which featured in a James Bond movie of 1984, also hosted the ceremony to mark the establishment of the SLR Club. The club is designed to appeal to all those customers who are so far already members of the Circle of Excellence.

Starring role: where once James Bond set out to save the world, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss now takes centre stage.

Starring role: where once James Bond set out to save the world, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss now takes centre stage.

Group portrait with SLR: Chantilly provided the setting for the foundation of the SLR Club.

Group portrait with SLR: Chantilly provided the setting for the foundation of the SLR Club.

SLR Club of the high-performance sports car.

This is where owners of the super sports car will in future join forces on an exclusive basis to share everything that interests and inspires them about the SLR McLaren – taking responsibility for the club themselves, with conceptual support from Mercedes-Benz Classic. The SLR Club will also, for example, be able in future to arrange driving events, working closely with Mercedes-Benz Classic. The incorporation of the club as one of currently 80 recognized Mercedes-Benz brand clubs is envisaged for 2018. The brand clubs have around 100,000 members around the world. Their commitment keeps the history of each brand alive.