David Coulthard Wins At Goodwood With HK-Engineering 300 SL Race Gullwing

At the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting the former Formula1TM legend and brand ambassador of the IWC Racing Team David Coulthard was the first to reach the finish line with the silver HK-Engineering Mercedes-Benz 300 SL race Gullwing by HK-Engineering and to win the Tony Gaze Trophy for classic GT cars that competed between 1954 and 1959.

GOODWOOD, WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND – 07 April 2019: Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen is pictured with IWC brand ambassador David Coulthard after winning Tony Gaze Trophy at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on April 7th, 2019 in West Sussex, United Kingdom. The team made its second appearance in the Tony Gaze Trophy on Sunday with David Coulthard at the wheel of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”.

Last Sunday, HK-Engineering’s race department celebrated one of its greatest achievements. Behind the wheel of the HK-Engineering 300 SL race Gullwing, Formula 1TM veteran David Coulthard was the first driver to cross the finish line of the Tony Gaze Trophy race, leading the IWC Racing Team to victory. Far ahead of the competition from pole-sitter Richard Woolmer’s Austin Healy 100M Coupé and Andrew Keith-Lucas’ Jaguar XK150, Coulthard once again proved his winning mentality. Although the 13-time winner of the Grand Prix briefly lost his lead to Woolmer in the second lap, he was able to reclaim it again within a couple of seconds and drove the race Gullwing to the first place. The race car is an original 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that has been specifically optimized for historic motorsports in a way that it has much more horsepower than a standard 300 SL vehicle.

HK-Engineering and IWC Schaffhausen

Already at last year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting, a HK-Engineering race Gullwing was selected by the Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen to perform in the Salvadori Cup. This decision was no coincidence. Both HK-Engineering 300 SL Gullwings and IWC watches are characterized by their powerful mechanics, timeless design and skilled craftmanship that is required for their manufacturing process. Before its arrival at the Goodwood site in West Sussex, the Gullwing was exhibited in front of the IWC store in London, where it had already attracted a great number of spectators in New Bond Street and beyond.

Goodwood Members‘ Meeting

The annual Members’ Meeting in Goodwood was brought up to life again in 2014 by the Goodwood Racing Club. Its spirit is based on the member meetings of the British Automobile Racing Clubs from 1949 to 1966, which became known as an exclusive network platform for the celebration of the historic motorsport. In addition to the popular Goodwood event series such as Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, the HK-Engineering team is a frequent guest at the Members’ Meetings. The next big appearances of the HK-Engineering race Gullwings will take place at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix on the Nurburgring GP circuit from the 9th to the 11th of August and in Laguna Sec on August 9th, held parallel to the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Further races this year are planned in Daytona and Sebring.

 

 

Report by hk-engineering.de
Photos by Sam Todd/IWC Schaffhausen


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