In a sport blessed with hundreds of fabulous stories and traditions going back to 1906, surely the legend of the Silver Arrows stands out as one of the most compelling in all the lore of Grand Prix Racing.
Has there ever been a time in our sport as thrilling? Have there ever been cars and drivers as exciting to watch as Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz battling it out from 1934 to 1939, their superchargers wailing on road racing circuits across Europe and on four Continents? Have there ever been factory teams so single-mindedly devoted to the task of winning races than these two Teutonic giants, each marque engaged at full throttle back at their respective factories, at Zwickau and Stuttgart, for the honor and glory of the Third Reich?
Yes, the Third Reich. Because ironically, shockingly and disturbingly, whether we like it or not as race fans 75 years on, Adolf Hitler and his murderous regime had much to do with giving these two teams the financial succor and psychological impetus for what we now think of as the Golden Age of Grand Prix Racing.