Revival of the Silver Arrow era: in honour of racing legend Bernd Rosemeyer, Audi Tradition presented four Auto Union Silver Arrow cars at this year’s Goodwood Revival from September 14 to 16. Among them, the newly acquired Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor was given its first showing.
Behind the wheel of the historic racing cars: Formula 1 legend Jacky Ickx, five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela, and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Their demo runs were in memory of the outstanding Auto Union driver Bernd Rosemeyer.
In memory of Bernd Rosemeyer
This legendary racing driver had won the Grand Prix in England 75 years ago. It was his last race; just three months later Rosemeyer was killed during a speed record attempt. In memory of his victory at the very first British Grand Prix in 1937, Audi Tradition put on a remarkable parade of Silver Arrow cars.
A total of ten Silver Arrows took part
The Auto Union models appeared in Goodwood alongside their former rivals from Mercedes-Benz. A total of ten Silver Arrows from the 1930s took part, including a privately owned replica of the 1934 Auto Union Type A. Audi Tradition participated in the daily demo runs with replicas of the Auto Union Type C (1936) and Type D Dual Compressor (1939) racing cars.
Premiere: “Karassik cars” together for the first time
The famous “Karassik cars” consist largely of original parts – the 1938 Auto Union Type D and the 1939 Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor recently acquired by Audi Tradition, which the mechanics also got ready for the racetrack. Paul Karassik. an American collector of high-quality classic cars, had painstakingly tracked down the parts of both vehicles in the former USSR and had them restored in the early 1990s.
Prominent drivers at the start
The drivers of the rare Silver Arrows also proved to be a big draw with fans: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason entered for Audi Tradition as the “last Auto Union works driver” for the sixth time. Formula 1 legend Jacky Ickx, who ranks alongside the 1960s and 1970s legends Sir Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi, also took part. Frank Biela completed the line-up of Audi Tradition’s team of drivers. With five wins at Le Mans, the STW and DTM champion is one of the all-time greats of the world-famous 24-hour race.
Auto Union Type A (1934), Auto Union Type C (1936), Auto Union Type D (1938) and two Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor (1939) cars
A stimulating blend of historic exhibits and contemporary forms of presentation.