Mercedes–Benz’s great Libyan racing swindle

Before Libya became the recently killed Muammar Gaddafi’s silly desert kingdom for 42 years, it was an Italian colony which hosted the Tripoli Grand Prix, the fastest motor race of the 1930s. Fed up with four years of Silver Arrow dominance, the Italians changed the rules for the 1939 race to make sure an Alfa Romeo… » 10/24/11 3:30pm 10/24/11 3:30pm

Budapest’s secret Grand Prix street circuit

This Sunday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Grand Prix, an event held since…1986. Fifty years before Formula One came to the Hungaroring, there was a Grand Prix race in downtown Budapest with 100,000 people in attendance. The Silver Arrows came. Scuderia Ferrari came. Three-quarters of a century later,… » 7/29/11 4:00pm 7/29/11 4:00pm

The secret Jewish history of the Mercedes name

Mercedes and Jewish roots? Weren’t open Mercedes the rides of choice for the Nazi set in the 1930s? Yes, they were—but Hitler and company were riding in cars named after the granddaughter of a Hungarian rabbi. » 4/12/11 10:30am 4/12/11 10:30am

Mercedes-Benz's Silver Arrows

With yesterday’s acquisition of Brawn GP, Mercedes-Benz will return to Formula One after a 55-year hiatus. Judging by their earlier attempts to build race cars, every team has reason to be very, very afraid. » 11/17/09 2:30pm 11/17/09 2:30pm

Gerry Judah's Sculptures of Speed

In the name of art, it's cars in the sky at the Festival of Speed every year since 1997. Meet the man who makes them: Gerry Judah, a Baghdadi Jew from Calcutta. » 7/13/09 12:00pm 7/13/09 12:00pm