Benz Hauler as Penance
After reading his own “Backstage Past” article in the May 2018 issue, Dave Wallace realized he had made a “mis-steak,” as he calls them: “The Mercedes factory race car that decapitated all of those poor souls at Le Mans was part of 1955’s world-championship team for Sports cars, not a Grand Prix car, as misstated by this dummy.”
As penance, and to show that he knows the difference between a Mercedes GP car and a 300SLR like those racing at Le Mans, Dave sent us this photo from the April 1956 issue of Motor Life of one of the race cars atop its “trick hauler,” as Dave called it.
The story was about a special display of sports cars at the Henry Ford Museum. Said the magazine: “Almost as interesting as the SLR is the specially made transporter which carries it. Capable of over 100 mph, the truck is made of Mercedes components. The truck carrying the SLR was driven to Dearborn by Paul O’shea, well known for his U.S. competition successes in a 300SL. O’shea reported he had the low, streamlined transporter up to 95 mph on the Pennsylvania Turnpike! The vehicle has a modified 300S chassis stretched to the necessary length. It is powered by a Mercedes fuel injection engine.”
Note that the SLR on the transporter is posed with the panel behind the cockpit open. That’s an air brake the driver can deploy.