Silver Arrows

Mercedes Silver Arrows’ name dates back to 1934.

At the time, competing vehicles were painted with their national colours, That is until the cars weighed in on the eve of the Eifel race on the Nürburgring.

The regulations allowed no vehicle to weigh no more than 750 kilograms. The brand new W 25 weighed one kilogram too heavy so, Alfred Neubauer, manager of the Mercedes-Benz racing team, had the white paint ground off, leaving a purely aluminium body that sparkled in silver.

The silver arrows were born and Mercedes continues to favour the silver colour scheme today.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan