Stirling Moss is somewhere near the top of every Formula 1 fans all time best drivers list, the fact that the man is still alive and still driving fast after all these years puts him slightly ahead of Keith Richards in the most-bulletproof-British-icon league.
After finishing the piece on the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SLR I’ve decided that today I’m going to write about Stirling Moss. This brilliant picture of Moss shows him at an unspecified Formula 1 race in the late 1950’s rehydrating with what appears to be champagne.
Stirling Moss won the 1955 Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with a combined average speed of 97.96 mph over the courses 990 miles. Years later he would look back on the 300SLR and call it “the single greatest sportscar ever built, really an unbelievable machine”.
This is Phill Hill drifting his Ferrari 246 around the impossibly tight Monaco street circuit with Bruce Maclaren in hot pursuit in his Cooper T53.
In this video he takes us on a few flying laps of the Donington Park circuit in the UK and talks us through the laps as well as throwing in some historical tidbits and comparisons to modern day F1 cars.
The 1955 Monaco Grand Prix was only the second race drive for Stirling Moss in the Mercedes, his team mate was the legendary Juan Miguel Fangio who can be seen in the above image in the #2 car, Moss is in the #6 on the outside.
In 1957 the MG Car Company arrived at the Bonneville Salt Flats with an unusually shaped vehicle and legendary racing driver Stirling Moss. The car was called the MG EX 181 and it was entered into the Class F land-speed series for cars with engines between 1.1 and 1.5 litres.