Festival Of Speed: Sir Stirling Moss And His 1955 Victory

Stirling Moss drives former Mercedes racing teammate Juan Manuel Fangio's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR at the Nürburgring in 1977

As Goodwood’s Festival of Speed draws ever closer, we can’t help but get excited about all that is to come, so here in the Scrap Car Comparison office thought that we would share some of the highlights we’re looking forward to the most over the next week leading up to the big event.

This year Festival Of Speed is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sir Stirling Moss’ triumphant victory of the 1955 Mille Miglia road race with the presence of his faithful steed, a Mercedes 300 SLR. Designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, this magnificent feat of 1950’s race engineering runs on a three litres, eight cylinder inline engine that outputs 300 bhp. With a top speed of 180 mph, this car roars loudly across the decades as an intimidatingly well put together race car, even by today’s standard. The only thing more impressive then this car is the feat of its driver, who at age 25, drove 1000 miles in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, with an average speed of 98.53 mph to smash the course record. A record that remains unbeaten to this day. I’d advise anyone attending this year’s festival to get a glance of race history in the flesh!

In the meantime, why not check out this video on how Sir Moss feels about it.

Image taken from the Mercedes 300 SLR Wikipedia Page under CC BY-SA 2.0 de

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