One of the greatest and much appreciated race car drivers in history is Sir Stirling Moss, OBE. His track performance is legendary. This year at Amelia Island twenty-six of the famous race cars he raced arrived from all corners of the world in honor of this distinguished racer.
He is well known for racing many different cars:
Ever the proud countryman, he does have an soft spot for the British cars. Finished in Yeoman credit colors, this 1959 Cooper T51 was one of many Cooper cars Moss drove. In both 1957 and 1958 the drove Vanwall cars in numerous Formula One (F1) races. In 1958 Moss and Jack Brabham won at Nurburgring in this 1958 Aston Martin DBR/1.Though it may not look like a race car this particular 1952 Jaguar XK120 SE Coupe was driven for seven days and nights at MontlhEry in 1952 at an average speed of 100.32 mph setting nine new international and world records. This very famous 1956 Ferrari 290MM was driven successfully by many famous drivers. In 1957 during Nassau Speed Week Moss achieved two victories in this car, it was also his first drive in a V12 Ferrari. This is a very special car, 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale “Sperimentale”, not only as the prototype to the famous 250 GTOs, but it was the only Ferrari race car to leave the factory in a color other than red. Moss with Bill Warner of Amelia Island on the official lap around the Concours to open the show. Probably one of the most famous and photographed of the Mercedes-Benz “Silver Arrows.” For Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson they won the 1955 Mille Miglia and set an all time speed record with an average speed of 97.96 over the 1000 mile race. He has referred to this car as “one of the greatest sports racing cars ever built.” In 1956 (after Mercedes-Benz retired the Silver Arrows from racing after the tragic crash in 1955 at Le Mans) Moss drove quite well for Maserati, winning at both Monte Carlo and Monza F1 races in this 1956 Maserati 300 S at the 1956 Venezuelan Grand Prix. Another Tipo, but this version carries the noted “birdcage” nickname. We’ll end back in the UK with the Lotus where Moss spent the last two years of his F1 racing career and in 1961 effectively beat the more powerful Ferraris for his win at Monaco in what is still called one of the best Formula 1 races of all time. For more on his F1 career visit the Stirling Moss website.
Moss was lucky to come from from parents who both had an affinity for cars and racing. He started driving young and has really never quit as he is still seen around the globe at various vintage racing events. How fortunate to have been in the company as both teammate and competitor with the great racers, such as World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, in the 1950’s and 60’s, gentlemen who made Grand Prix, Endurance and F1 racing into the worldwide sport it is today. He is a much loved and admired member of the motorsports community.