Saturday, May 3, 2014

1938 and 1939 victories for Mercedes-Benz at Tripoli Grand Prix with the W 165 “Silver Arrow”

Tripoli Grand Prix, 15 May 1938. After the triple victory for Mercedes-Benz, Hermann Lang personally receives his prize from the General Governor of Libya – Marshall Balbo.

Hermann Lang and Rudolf Caracciola outclassed the competition with a double victory in the completely new Mercedes-Benz W 165 1.5-litre racing car at the Tripoli Grand Prix on the Mellaha circuit on 7 May 1939. The triumph in Libya was particularly significant because the Italian motor sports association, who were organising the Grand Prix, had intended to impede the successful German formula racing cars by changing the rules.

Tripoli Grand Prix, May 7, 1939: Hermann Lang won the race at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz W 165

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