IWC Schaffhausen’s role as official partner of the Passione Caracciola rally is a further expression of the company’s passion for motor racing at its classic best. To get the race under way, replica IWC watches uk brand ambassador and FORMULA ONE driver Nico Rosberg and safety car driver Bernd Mayländer put in an exclusive appearance and drove Mercedes-Benz classic cars from Stuttgart to Schaffhausen. The Passione Caracciola rally, which is celebrating its premiere this year, will help ensure that the legend of Rudolf Caracciola, one of motor racing’s all-time greatest drivers, lives on.
IWC Schaffhausen is once again signalling its commitment to classic motor racing. As a partner of the Passione Caracciola, the Swiss replica Breitling watchmaking company supports the exclusive regularity rally, which is being held for the first time this year. The event, which takes participants from Stuttgart to Lugano via Schaffhausen, is dedicated to the memory of Rudolf Caracciola, the legendary racing driver who led the Mercedes-Benz team during the 1930s and after whom the rally is named. In spring of this year, IWC was Timing Partner of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in Goodwood, England. Now, through the Passione Caracciola, IWC has intensified its involvement in historic motor racing events. “IWC has many connections with motor racing,” explains IWC CEO Georges Kern. “In addition to our role as Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team, we have also forged a link with classic cars through our cooperation with Mercedes-Benz Classic. At the most recent international Klausenrace in 2013, we sent the Silver Arrow W25 in which Rudolf Caracciola won the famous Swiss mountain race in the racing category in 1934 to take part. His record has remained unbroken to this day and, with the Passione Caracciola, we are proud to honour the memory of an exceptionaldriver.”
ROSBERG AND MAYLÄNDER AT THE WHEEL
At yesterday’s start of the first Passione Caracciola rally, participants gathered in their fabulous collector’s cars at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Around 30 cars, all built between 1930 and 1960, were entered to take part in this very special rally. In its role as official partner, IWC Schaffhausen started out in a number of selected Mercedes-Benz classic cars. Prime among these was the famous grand tourer, the 300 SLR (W196 S), with the starting number 417, the same vehicle that on 1 May 1955 won the Mille Miglia in Brescia in the series-built sports car category. A silver-grey 300 SL Roadster (W198 II) and a red 300 SL (R107) completed the attractive IWC fleet that made its way to Schaffhausen. Nico Rosberg, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team driver and IWC replica watches for sale brand ambassador, together with Bernd Mayländer, the official FORMULA ONE safety car driver, put in an exclusive appearance.“ I adore classic cars. Nothing compares to the sound you get from the engine. And unlike a modern vehicle, you really feel the car, even at low speeds,” says Nico Rosberg, explaining his passion for classic cars.
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