Two iconic Silver Arrows from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection will be on display at the Goodwood Revival in honor of the British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, who died in April 2020…
It was back in May 1955 that the Stirling Moss / Denis Jenkinson partnership onboard 300 SLR (W 196 S) ‘722’ won the Mille Miglia with an impressive and lasting average speed of 157.65 km / h over 1,600 kilometers.
Also in 1955, Moss finished second in the Formula 1 World Championship with the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R behind his legendary team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio.
Christian Boucke, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic:
“In honor of the great person and racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, Mercedes-Benz Classic has already presented the ‘722’ at several events in England over the past few months. The highlight and at the same time the conclusion of this special tour is certainly the Goodwood Revival. There, in addition to the racing sports car, we are showing an original Formula 1 racing car from 1955.”
While Stirling Moss never gained world champion status, the Briton is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
A record that speaks for itself includes four runner-up Formula 1 world championships in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 as well as three third places in the 1959 final tables, 1960 and 1961 prove his consistency and his class.
In 1955, Moss competed as a works driver for Mercedes-Benz both in Formula 1 with the W 196 R and in the sports car world championship with the 300 SLR (W 196 S).
In the endurance discipline, Moss played a decisive role in ensuring that Mercedes-Benz secured this championship ahead of Ferrari with victories at the Mille Miglia, the RAC Tourist Trophy in Northern Ireland and the Targa Florio in Sicily.
In Formula 1, the highly talented Brit in the Silver Arrow won his first of a total of 16 Grand Prix on July 16, 1955 in Aintree. After Mercedes-Benz withdrew from motorsport at the end of the 1955 season, Moss continued his successful racing career.
Stirling Moss died on April 12, 2020 at the age of 90 in London.
4 things you might not know about the legendary Sir Stirling Moss:
April 1960: Moss was found guilty of ‘dangerous driving, fined £50 and subsequently banned from driving for 12 months when he was on a test drive in a Mini.
80 Car Parade: Moss’s 80th birthday fell on the eve of the Goodwood Revival where he drove a different car on each of the three days: Mercedes W196 Monoposto, the Lotus 18 he won the 1961 Monaco GP driving and Aston Martin DBR3.
7 March 2010: Fell down a lift shaft at his home and broke both ankles, shattered his foot and chipped four vertebrae.
December 2016: Suffered a difficult chest infection including respiratory problems and was admitted to a hospital in Singapore which led to Moss announcing his retirement from public life in January 2018.
Goodwood Revival takes place September 17 to 19, 2021.
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