W196 STREAMLINER RECREATION TO FEATURE AT SHELSEY WALSH THIS WEEKEND
his weekend, 28th and 29th July, Shelsley Walsh will celebrate a number of anniversaries as well as feature demonstration runs from not only the Chevron GT3 but also the Mercedes W196 Streamliner, which will be doing demonstration runs on both days.
The Streamliner is a recreation of the 1954 Mercedes-Benz grand prix car which used a special streamlined body in six races in 1954 and 1955. The project is the result of a long-time ambition of German-born UK-based art dealer Hermann Sommersell who turned the remains of a Mercedes 300 saloon into a stunning grand prix recreation.
The Streamliner made its competition debut at the 2012 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power where its good looks and impressive performance caught the imagination of the crowd and the other car owners and drivers. The engine is a six cylinder W124/R129 type producing 260 bhp. The tubular chassis is very similar to the original grand prix chassis and all the mechanical components are from Mercedes-Benz. The car has now spent many months on exhibit at the Mercedes-Benz World Museum at Brooklands. It will be competing at Shelsley Walsh and the Pentillie Hillclimbs before its return to Cholmondeley in September.
The Streamliner is driven by UK-Based American motoring journalist Ed McDonough, who has been involved in promoting the project as well as carrying out testing and development. He has a long motor racing history, including the World Sports Car Championship in the 1970s, and is the author of 14 motorsport books, as well as being the European Editor of Vintage Racecar magazine.