Fast road tune

Wheels (Australia) - - Feature / Mercedes' 125th -

The Mercedes W 125 stream­liner at Sil­ver­stone de­mol­ished a se­ries of speed records on the AVUS Ring near Ber­lin, now known as the Bun­de­sauto­bahn 115. The ‘Au­to­mo­bil Verkehrs Und Übungsstra­ße (Au­to­mo­bile Traf­fic and Train­ing Road) opened in 1921. Un­til ’98, it was also used as a rac­ing cir­cuit and it was here that Ru­dolf Carac­ci­ola and the 541kw Mercedes stream­liner de­mol­ished flying mile and kilometre records in 1938. The death of Auto Union star Bernd Rose­meyer in that same year brought the cur­tain down on AVUS’ suit­abil­ity as a record-break­ing venue.

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