The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is now only a little over three months away, and car makers are starting to reveal what plans they have for what is quite possibly the best pertrolhead experience in the world.
Mercedes are offering a cornucopia of delights for the 2012 FoS and are taking the opportunity to bring along their latest offerings as well as plenty of stuff from their back catalogue, and the two collide in the 2012 Mercedes SL as Mercedes celebrate 60 years since the W194 300 SL and 75 years since the 1937 W125 Tripoli Grand Prix car.
Both the W194 300 SL and the W125 Tripoli will tackle the hillclimb as well as a fin-tail saloon from the 1960s – the W111 220 SE – and the 1997 CLK-GTR – a diverse quartet of famous cars.
Modern stuff will of course include the 2012 Mercedes SL, the new Mercedes ML and, we expect, the new Mercedes A Class, although that’s probably one of the ‘surprises’ Mercedes say to expect.
Combining the race atmosphere of Goodwood with production cars is taken care of by Mercedes with a five-model AMG display of the SLS, C63 AMG Black Series, CLS 63 AMG, SLK 55 AMG and the latest AMG offering the ML 63.
Drivers will include triple Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig, F1 maestro Jochen Mass, former FIA GT champion Bernd Schneider and Paul Stewart (Jackie’s boy).
And if you’re going to make it to Thursday’s Moving Motor Show you could get to drive up the Goodwood hillclimb in an SLS AMG Coupe or roadster – if you talk nicely to your Mercedes dealer asap.
Mercedes Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Photo Gallery
(30 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)