Yet another historic Mercedes competition car will join five others already confirmed for the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 33, September 4-7. Via press release on August 11, the track announced that event organizer Murray Smith confirms Ralph Lauren’s 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK will be added to the special cars already to be on display.
This car is the “streamlined SSK built for Count Carlo Felice Trossi.” The car, known as the “Trossi SSK,” won best of show at the 1993 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the 2007 Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The car is one of only a handful remaining of the 1928-1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKs.
According to Lime Rock, “The SSK’s extreme performance and numerous competitive successes made it one of the most highly regarded sports cars of its era.” There are fewer than six of the entirely original SSK models remaining in existence. The SSK is the last Mercedes-Benz designed by Ferdinand Porsche before he left M-B to found his own car company.
This announcement brings to six the valuable Mercedes-Benz competition cars that will be on display throughout the Lime Rock Historic Festival 33. In total, the listing now includes the Indy 500-raced 1908 Mercedes “Brooklands” car; the world-renowned “722” 300 SLR driven by Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the 1955 Mille Miglia (regarded by many as one of the stellar drives in motor sport history); a 1954/55 W196 Grand Prix Silver Arrow; a 1939 W154 Grand Prix Silver Arrow; and a 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix car (French G.P.).
Murray Smith commented, “All of these very rare, very special Mercedes in one place at one time? Well, that pretty much speaks for itself, doesn’t it? I can’t tell you how pleased Lime Rock is to bring these cars to its fans and the media in such an intimate, beautiful and historic setting. Having Sir Stirling Moss and Jochen Mass as the weekend’s Honored Guests adds immensely to the Mercedes celebration, of course.”
Veterans and active military get free admission to the Historic Festival 33, as do children 12 and under. The event, which features nearly all-day racing of historic/vintage cars in several classes on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, offers free parking and paddock admission. Sunday is the day for the popular Sunday in the Park Concours d’ Elegance & Gathering of the Marques.
Lime Rock notes some improvements have been made to the track since last year’s event. “We’ve rebuilt almost the entire Lime Rock infrastructure, with all-new paddocks, spectacular new spectator sightlines, all-new walkways and all-new restrooms in the paddock. The landscaping has been improved dramatically, too.”
Discount tickets may be purchased in advance of the Labor Day weekend event. More information about Historic Festival 33 and tickets may be found at the Lime Rock Park track website or the Festival’s website.