Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought an excellent battle last weekend, and it seems Mercedes will be de dominant force in Grand Prix racing for 2014. On the other hand, it would be foolish not to bet on Audi winning this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours (as they always do) or the World Endurance Championship in 2014... again.

The story of the Silver Arrows and Silver Fish started almost exactly 80 years ago, on June 3rd, 1934 at the Nürburgring. This marked the first public appearance of the Auto Union Type A’s and the Mercedes W25 Grand Prix cars.

Both cars had the same father, specifically speaking this man:

While the Auto Union Type A was directly designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the Mercedes W25 wore a striking resemblance to one of Porsche’s earlier designs while he still worked at Mercedes.

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Both cars were dubbed “Silver” because of the plain aluminium body they were showing (and the debated and since disproved scraping-off-the-paint-to-meet-the-weight-limit legend), the Mercedes cars got the “Arrows” tag, while the Auto Unions received the “Fish” nickname, making it “Silver Fish” dur to the unusual silhouette, all credits to the revolutionary RMR layout.

Both cars went through various generations and evolutions but they started their campaign, they proved to be unstoppable, the breakout of WWII was needed for them to stop winning finally.

Their complete pre-war history is detailed in this fantastic documentary, enjoy:

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