Feature articles

2 August 2017
The Cars: Maserati 300S
The Maserati 300S has featured a number of times in recent On This Day features this year. It is a car that Stirling has described as "one of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made..." and he also noted in his personal diary that the 300S was the race car that he had his greatest drive in and one of his favorite...
8 June 2017
The 1959 Italian Grand Prix was held at Monza on 13th September 1959 and was penultimate race of that year’s World Drivers Championship. The 29th Italian Grand Prix, and the 24th to be held at Monza, was run over 72 laps of the five kilometre circuit, for a total race distance of 414 kilometres. The race was a strategic one, won by...
12 May 2017
On this day in history, 60 years ago to the day, the 24th, and what would prove to be the last, edition of the Mille Miglia took place. The course totalling 992.332 miles around Italy, or 1,597.004 km, was made up entirely of public roads, took place from the 11th – 12th  May 1957. The circular route, starting in Brescia, went south,...
25 April 2017
The 1961 International 100 Glover Trophy, held at Goodwood, was the first major race for John Surtees on four wheels, having enjoyed world championship winning success on two wheels, and would be one of a number of races that he contested against Stirling. In practice Surtees had unofficially equalled the old Formula One 1.5 litre lap record for...
7 April 2017
The 7th April 1957 saw the running of the Formula One non-championship Syracuse Grand Prix in Sicily around a 3.47 mile road circuit. Stirling raced a Vanwall, having accepted Tony Vandervell's offer to drive for the team during the 1957 season. His team mate was Tony Brooks, a man Stirling regarded as the 'greatest unknown driver of all...
23 March 2017
On This Day in History: 1957 Sebring 12 Hours
The 23rd March 1957 saw Stirling at the wheel of a Maserati sports cars once again as he took part in the sixth running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, held on the Sebring International Raceway in Florida. A total of 86 racing cars were registered for the event, of which 76 arrived for practice, with 66 going on to start the race. Because they were no...
8 March 2017
The 1952 British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone on the 19th July 1952. The fifth round of the 1952 World Drivers' Championship was run to Formula Two rules that year, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used, the race distance being 85 laps of the 2.93 mile circuit. Stirling drove a Bristol engined English Racing Automobiles (...
25 February 2017
The 25th February 1957 saw Stirling drive two different Maserati sports cars in the same race, as was the case the month before in the Buenos Aires 1000km, at the inaugaral Cuban Grand Prix, held on the Malecon sea front street circuit in Havana. With Fidel Castros insurgents acitve in the Cuban countryside, life for Batistas’ in the city of...