5 Cool Race Cars of Sir Stirling Moss' Collection
As the meme goes "My weekend > your weekend." Why did my Labor Day weekend crush yours, you ask? I was enjoying a cornucopia of classics at the Lime Rock Historic races. That's right, some of the most famous still-active racecars spanning the decades were present. 30's Indy cars against Post-War MG's? Yup. Jag E-Types going toe-to-toe with the famous BMW 3.0 CSL. You bet. It's hard to top that kind of "what if" race, but this weekend, the Big Guns came out in the form of a collection of cars driven by no other than Sir Stirling Moss. Oh yeah, and Moss was there in the flesh. Throw that in with camping in the infield all weekend and funneling beers with our neighbors, and yeah, my weekend melted faces. The purpose of our adventure was to meet the living legend, Moss, and see his incredible car collection. Moss is ever the candid sort, and spoke freely when asked about any of his open-wheel adventures. When asked about the Lotus 18, he said "It was a fabulous car- when the wheels stayed on." Referring to a crash late in his career in Belgium. The Lotus was not present, but one hell of an assortment of Moss-driven autos were there. Here are the best: 1954 Osca MT4:
Moss helmed this spunky little runabout to victory in the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours. His only comment on the car: "Real little jewel, even when it had no brakes."
1957 Vanwall VW5:
Following his stint with Maserati, driving his beloved 250F, he began racing for Vanwall, and later Lotus. Until Nigel Mansell achieved more wins in 1991, Moss was the most successful British racing driver. This was one of his British rides.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta:
Moss vowed never to work for Enzo after he pulled a fast one on Moss early in is career. Enzo called Moss to come race when he was 20, but he showed up only to find the he had been replaced. Though he occasionally raced Ferrari's (like this 250 GT Berlinetta above) under privateer teams, he never campaigned for the Prancing Horse.
1956 Maserati 300S:
Moss helmed this stunning Italian racer to victory in the 1956 Bueno Aires 1000 km. When I asked him what driver, from any other era, he would like to race against. In one word, ha answered, "Senna." Thankfully, he elaborated: "There are men who drive race cars, and then there are drivers. Senna and myself were both drivers." Brutal ones at that. Moss's answer made the whole experience worthwhile, and one that I'll remember forever. Can you imagine that race?
1960 Maserati Typo 61 "Birdcage":
What more can one say? One of the most technically beautiful (see the interior photo) driven by Moss on his way to winning the 1960 Nurburgring 1000km is this Maserati Typo 61 "Birdcage". Essentially 621 miles on the most difficult race track in the word. It is that lust for the difficult drive that makes Moss who he is.