F1 star helps AMG to cel­e­brate 50 years

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

AMG show­cased its half cen­tury of mo­tor­ing per­for­mance with its 1971 300SEL 6.8, af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘ The Red Pig’. It was the first AMG car to be put through its paces un­der race con­di­tions, four years af­ter the com­pany’s in­cep­tion.

This high-per­for­mance vari­ant of the 300 SEL 6.3 lux­ury sa­loon has a 6.8-litre 420hp V8 en­gine and set the bench­mark for AMG pow­ered Mercedes-Benzs to come in the early ‘70s.

As fan­tas­tic as this car is, how­ever, it didn’t at­tract the same crowds as Mercedes AMG For­mula One driver, Valtteri Bottas, who came on stage dur­ing the week­end to greet vis­i­tors and talk about his ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing the 2014 Mercedes W05 F1 car on the fa­mous Good­wood hill climb.

He says: ‘I looked at the track map just be­fore I went out as I had no idea which way to go! I’ve had a lot of sup­port from fes­ti­val-go­ers so I’ve been en­joy­ing the events lots! It’s been amaz­ing for me driv­ing for such a great team, and it’s cool that it has such a mega his­tory in cars and mo­tor rac­ing’.

‘I looked at the [hill­climb] map be­fore I went out, as I had no idea which way to go! VALTTERI BOTTAS MERCEDES AMG F1 DRIVER

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