Jochen Mass is known far and wide by people who love the history of international racing. Mass participated in a number of F1 races of the years but his real calling was answered when he started racing sports cars. Maas collected wins at the world’s biggest races driving everything from Porsche models to turbocharged Fords. He’s also the guy who has been entrusted by Mercedes to drive their historic collection at events like Goodwood. That’s pretty gnarly, right? In this video he pounds on a legendary Mercedes 300 SL in ways we have never seen.
Here’s the thing. The 300SL is one of those cars that has such an aura, such a history, and such a legendary competition record that all anyone wants to do is see them race. Unfortunately all the things that made them bad ass racers made them worth huge sums of money. Like millions of dollars. That means the cars became too expensive to do the one thing they were designed to excel at from the factory…race.
But the beauty here is that is exactly what you are going to see and Mass who is driving the car is not there for parade laps. He makes passes, he spends plenty of time sideways, and he spends a load of these laps with his foot on the floor and the Mercedes engine screaming a good note.
This could be one of the most valuable cars we have ever seen driven this hard. The guy is working for it. He about wears the wheel out by the time these laps are complete!