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Petrolicious on That Time Skier Franz Klammer Raced a Mercedes 190e after a Pre-race Driver Swap

Petrolicious, on Mercedes-Benz’s display at the 2019 Motorclassica in Melbourne, Australia.

The star of the line-up was undoubtedly the recently restored Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Group A touring car, one of a pair to have raced at Bathurst in the 1986 James Hardie 1000. Car number 41 was originally entered for the Australian Andrew Miedecke and former Formula One world champion, New Zealander Denny Hulme, but it was raced on the day by Hulme and Olympic downhill skiing gold medallist, Austrian Franz Klammer, while Miedecke raced in the second 190E after a pre-race driver swap.

Beautiful car, but my favorite part of this story is the last-minute substitution of Franz Klammer. These days we get the odd ski racer doing a track day as a publicity stunt, but Klammer was a legend from a different time.

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by Tyler Carbone