The Goodwood faithful has been paying homage to Sir Stirling Moss’s remarkable motor racing career at this year’s Revival…
From scribblings on the bonnet of a certain ‘722’ to the W 196 R in which Moss competed as a works driver for Mercedes-Benz – respect was paid to ‘the greatest driver never to win the World Championship’.
Poignantly, this was ‘the’ anniversary – to the day – of him making his Circuit debut in 1948. He won first time out in a three-lap F3 thrash and went on to claim a further 21 wins and 12 podium placings here.
Few tributes in Revival history have ever packed such an emotional punch, the racing knight – ‘Mr Goodwood’ himself, having passed away on the 12th April 2020.
Around 60 cars associated took to the hallowed Circuit, the oldest being the 1937 BMW 328 Frazer Nash aboard which the then teenager embarked on his career in 1947.
Moss’ virtuosity aboard any car and in any discipline of motorsport was legendary, and other cars on-track spanned everything from the Cooper-JAP Mk10 in which ‘The Boy’ raced at Goodwood in 1950 to Ross Brawn’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB in which he sealed honours in the Tourist Trophy a decade later.
“He was the absolute perfect racing driver and motor racing’s first superstar.”
Other standouts included the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR aboard which he and Denis Jenkinson won the 1955 Mille Miglia, his drive being widely heralded as being among the greatest ever.
Lady Moss was chauffeured in the car on Saturday afternoon in what is now often touted as being the most valuable car in the world. Also out on track was the Ferguson-Climax P99 in which he hoisted the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup. It represented the sole occasion in which an F1 race was won by an all-wheel drive car.
Some vehicles that may have been hitherto unfamiliar to fans of the great man included the 1955 Moss & Lawson Trials Special in which he briefly competed off-piste.
The Duke of Richmond said:
“He had God-given talent. He entered his first motor racing here in 1948. Stirling didn’t just win; he overwhelmed and crushed his rivals… It was the birth of a sporting legend… We miss you more than we can possibly say.”
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