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2011 Santa Fe Concorso

Can-Am Race Cars

Giant engines. Revolutionary aerodynamics. Freedom from regulations. This was Can-Am. The Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series, as it was called, started in 1966 and ran for nine seasons ending in 1974. Only seven drivers became champions during the span of 71 races. The series was a melting pot for cutting edge racing technology. Can-Am lap times almost always bettered the Formula One cars on the same circuits.

Chapparal 2E

Jim Hall and his friend and partner Hap Sharp designed some of the most innovative racing cars of this era, with new aerodynamic solutions. Leading the way was the Chaparral 2E with its "flipper wing". The Chaparrals looked like they were sculpted by the wind, and they surpassed all the Can-Am cars with their imaginative, advanced design. If you love racing cars, the Chaparral 2E and other Can-Am cars await you at this year's Santa Fe Concorso.

Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 125 Years of Innovation

The history of Mercedes-Benz was shaped 125 years ago when Carl Benz submitted his patent application for the first automobile - the three-wheeler, which resembled a motorized tricycle. At the same time, Gottlieb Daimler was developing the first four-wheel motor car. The two inventors laid the foundation for the modern automobile and motorized transportation that changed the world and affected virtually every aspect of daily life that we experience today.

125 Years

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, recently said: "The invention of Daimler and Benz has changed the world for the better – and it will continue to do so. History shows that when a society becomes physically mobile it also becomes socially mobile and economically successful." At the same time, Dr. Zetsche focused on the future: "As the inventor of the automobile, Daimler strives to be at the forefront of shaping future mobility."

The Mercedes-Benz brand has given the year the motto "125! Years of innovation" and the 2011 Santa Fe Concorso will feature the cars that built the Mercedes-Benz reputation.

The Need For Speed

"Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure" according to Aldous Huxley. For ten thousand years man's speed was limited to the swiftness of his gate or to that of his horse. The advent of the railway afforded unheard of velocities of 30, 40 or even 50 miles per hour, questions were raised as to whether the human body could withstand such speeds.

But it was the coming of the automobile that has provided our modern pleasure. Hardly had the first automobile turned a wheel before a call was heard "How fast will it go?". When that car met the next, the race was on. We revel in speed, we seek to push its boundaries. Today, a Bugatti Super Sport holds the record for a production car at over 267 miles per hour, the Land Speed record is over 760. "It looks fast sitting still" is a phrase that reflects our desire for speed even in the designs we admire.

The 2011 Concorso is pleased to present a sampling of automobiles that exemplify our "modern pleasure".

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