A very personal film, made in collaboration with Credit Suisse, has revealed new insights into the extraordinary life of motorsporting icon Sir Stirling Moss.
The 85-year-old race ace, who dominated the international scene in the 1950s and early-’60s, chats candidly ahead of the 18th running of the Goodwood Revival at the circuit where he achieved so much success in his 15-year professional career.
He talks fondly about Goodwood, the circuit that bookended his career via a 500cc Formula 3 win at the opening meeting in September 1948, when he was just 19, and the Glover Trophy Formula 1 accident at Easter in 1962 that put an end to his career.
Sixty years after arguably Sir Stirling’s greatest season, in which he won three big sportscar internationals – the Mille Miglia, the Tourist Trophy and the Targa Florio – and took his breakthrough win in Formula 1 at the British Grand Prix, he reflects on that dominance with Mercedes-Benz in 1955. He also touches on his failure to add Le Mans 24 Hours victory to his tally in the wake of the infamous accident that led to Mercedes withdrawing from the race when Moss had a comfortable lead.
With priceless props to illustrate the story-telling, including the actual wood-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel with which he took all four wins, and an exact replica of the ‘loo roll in a box’ from which his co-driver Denis Jenkinson navigated the 1000-mile Mille Miglia route, Sir Stirling offers never-seen insights into his mastery aboard the Mercedes 300 SLR sportscar and W196 Grand Prix racer and relives these historic moments on camera.
The great man will be involved in a number of important events during the Revival, including the 6th Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum. He will once again join three fellow Credit Suisse ambassadors – five-time Le Mans winner and double world sportscar Derek Bell, Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass and former racer, constructor and team owner Alain de Cadenet – to debate the theme ‘Historic Racing Culture: Europe v America’. They will be joined by two special guests: four-time IndyCar champion and triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and former Grand Prix driver, Le Mans winner and Can-Am champion Jackie Oliver, with Henry Hope-Frost in the moderator’s chair.
On the Sunday morning of the Revival, Credit Suisse and event host Lord March will present Sir Stirling with a personalised memento of his 1955 ‘quadruple whammy’ on the lawn next to the Credit Suisse Race Control building.
An incredible weekend of historic racing and celebration is in store.