2 AUGUST 2021
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Sir Stirling Moss passed away aged 90 in the peak of the pandemic April 2020.
Whilst the tributes flowed in any memorial service and the like were not possible, although a Blue Plaque was unveiled at the famous Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in June of this year. (See www.btnews.co.uk/article/17740)
To its credit the Brooklands Museum is putting this right with a celebration of Stirling’s life on Sunday 12 September (10:00-16:00) with over 35 of Moss’s cars expected on display.
Never World Champion, he lived in an era when sportsmanship reigned supreme. He gave Lotus its first ever Grand Prix win, the Rob Walker Racing Lotus 18 which he memorably raced to victory at the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, beating the Ferraris of Richie Ginther and Phil Hill. Also attending will be the Ferguson P99 – the only four-wheel drive car to win a Formula One race – and a 1958 Vanwall complete with period transporter.
The one-off event will include live demonstrations of cars raced by Moss on Brooklands’ famous Finishing Straight and Members’ Banking, allowing visitors to experience the sights, smells and sounds of motor racing from the 1950s and 1960s.
Moss was the first President of the Brooklands Members, a role now held by 1996 Formula One World Champion Damon Hill, Damon’s father Graham, a fierce competitor and friend of Moss.
Expert commentary of the demonstrations will be provided by broadcaster and one-time Autosport Editor Simon Taylor, while visitors will be able to discover the stories behind these iconic cars through pit lane interviews with their current drivers and owners.
Away from the action on the circuit, there will be paddocks displaying Moss’s race and rally cars, as well as a collection of classic Jaguars from the era and a members’ parking area for owners of period road cars. There will also be live 1960s music and the chance to explore the rest of the museum.
Ticket holders will be able to join the owners and drivers of Moss’s cars and enjoy hospitality in the ‘Brooklands Driving Club’ throughout the day. Tickets for the exclusive club are limited in number.
The Sir Stirling Moss celebration will be a pre-booked ticket event subject to any government restrictions which apply at the time.
Tickets are on sale on the museum’s website.
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Tim Procter, United Kingdom
Nor a current World Champion who seemingly can force anyone off the road without penalty.
George Augustas, Surbiton
People forget that Sir Stirling may well have been World Champion in 1958 but was always the gentleman interceding on behalf of Mike Hawthorn over a rule interpretation. Hawthorn went on to take the honours. Not like another World Champion who forced Damon Hill off the road.