This Aston was raced by the biggest names in motorsport

18th March 2022
Andrew Willis

When a car has a well-documented, long and successful in-period racing history, especially one littered with some of motor racing’s most famous names, it’s imperative we track down the owner to get a closer look. So when a certain 1954 Works Aston Martin DB3S/6 was confirmed for the 78th Members’ Meeting, a car driven in period by the likes of Peter Collins, Tony Brooks, Roy Salvadori and Mr Goodwood himself, the much-missed Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss OBE – we knew it needed celebrating. 


Competing in the Salvadori Cup (for sports racing cars of a type that raced in period between 1955 and 1960) and representing house Aubigny, the British Racing Green Aston with its iconic yellow nose, swept, spacious wheel arches and roadster body is easily one of the weekend’s prettiest cars. 

As we stand admiring along with most of the main paddock clientele, the man burdened with the enviable job of driving it in anger this weekend quietly introduces himself. 

“I’m Mathias Sielecki and I’m the owner of the car. It is one of 11 Works Aston Martins built in-period, primarily to compete at Le Mans. It first raced there in 1954 but it sadly crashed so never finished its first experience”. 

It was here that the car raced with a Coupe body, something that was quickly changed following its large shunt on the 138th lap due its unstable nature at high speeds. Aston Martin were rightfully keen to alleviate such headaches for its future drivers, so a complete rebuild was signed off against the car. A decision that created the roadster bodied car that sits in front of us today. 


“In 1955 the car was rebuilt and raced once again at Le Mans by Collins and Frere, where it came second overall and first in class”. 

Redemption achieved at the 24 hours, the car went on to compete around Europe with notable success in 1955 and 1966. From a third place finish at the 1955 Goodwood Nine Hours at the hands of Peter Collins and Tony Brooks, to finishing second overall at the B.A.R.C at Aintree, again with the dashing and collected Collins at the wheel. 

“It was also driven by Stirling Moss and Collins at Sebring and at the Rouen-Les-Essarts Grand Prix by Moss again. It has quite a nice history,” says a humble and softly spoken Mathias. A man who has travelled all the way from his native Argentina to compete at Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting. Sadly, the formidable pairing of great friends Moss and Collins had to retire from second place after three hours at Sebring, but Moss was able to finish second at the G.P in the same year. 


“It was a Works car until 1956. It was then taken into private hands by the Whitehead brothers. It raced again in 1957 and 1958 where it came second again at the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

Powered by an original Works Aston Martin 3.0-litre engine, the pressure of piloting such an important piece of living history is not lost on Mathias. “It is a big responsibility of course, but a lot of fun. The car is great to drive, very nimble, very fast. It does everything you tell it to do and it never gives you any surprises. It also has a lot of power with its Aston Martin engine with twin-plug ignition. It's very sparky!”

But what of his hopes for the weekend? After an impressive fourth-placed showing as an amateur racer at Revival, was there any creeping ambition at play? 

“My hopes are low.” Smiles Mathias. “I'm not in the same class as I was at Revival so I'm competing against faster, more modern cars. So basically my hopes are to finish with the car in one piece. It is very, very slippery out there. But Members’ is amazing, it's a little less crowded so you can enjoy the cars a little more. You can get the full experience and I’m just happy to be here.” 


Judging by the crowd congregating around the DB3S/6 as we wheel it out of its shelter to enjoy a moment in the spotlight, there’s many more people besides Mathias and the Goodwood office who are over the moon with its attendance. And just maybe, there’s a few very special drivers smiling down on this little Aston once again as it basks in the glorious Goodwood sunshine.

Photography by Jordan Butters and Jayson Fong.

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