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… and also the Mercedes W25 weighed 1 kilogram too much on the eve of the 1934 Eifel race so the manager of the team had the white paint ground off, leaving a purely aluminium body. The next morning Manfred von Brauchitsch won the race driving the sparkly silver car. Since then Mercedes racecars always wear the shiny colour and they are called Silver Arrows.

German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring, July 25, 1937: Shortly after the start, in the southern hairpin bend, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 formula racing cars of Hermann Lang (start number 16) and Rudolf Caracciola (start number 12), who was to win the race, were leading the field. Behind them Auto Union drivers Bernd Rosemeyer and Hans Peter Müller, followed by Manfred von Brauchitsch (runner-up), also driving a Mercedes-Benz W 125.

1937 Monaco.

Manfred Von Brauchitsch - Rudolf Caracciola.

Neubauer was furiously giving signals to Von Brauchitsch to let Caracciola pass and the driver replied by sticking out his tongue to the team manager as he passed the pits. Brauchitsch finally let Caracciola through as he knew the latter had destroyed his tyres and had to make a pitstop. Then Von Brauchitsch went on to a fine but controversial victory.