Feature articles

23 November 2017
Stirling Moss Race History: 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 22nd 24 Hours of Le Mans took place across the weekend of the 12th and 13th June 1954. As was the tradition, the race was started at 4.00pm by Prince Bernhard, consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and an avid motor-racing fan, with the drivers sprinting across the track to their waiting cars. The Ferrari 375 Pluses of Jose Froil...
3 November 2017
On the 3rd November 1957, the Gran Premio de Venezuela (the Venezuelan Sports Car Grand Prix) took place in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The race was run over 101 laps of a 6.17mile circuit, laidout through a park and along the autostrada leading to the city. Although this was the fourth running of the race, it was the first time that it had...
9 October 2017
The 1959 World Sportscar Championship was decided at the fifth and final round of the Championship, the RAC Tourist Trophy, run over 6 hours, and held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex. Aston Martin had won at Le Mans in June of that year, Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby taking the victory in their DBR1, Stirling having retired,...
8 September 2017
On the 8th September 1957, the final round of that year's Formula One World Championships was held at Monza. The 1957 Italian Grand Prix abandoned the famous Monza banking, opting instead to race on the 3.57 mile track, which was very like the Monza of today, albeit without the chicanes. Ferrari were back in action after boycotting the...
7 September 2017
The 1952 Daily Mail BRDC International Trophy programme includes a race for Production Touring Cars, essentially the forerunner to modern touring car racing. Stirling, driving the #30 works Jaguar Mk.VII, qualified the car second on the grid behind Ken Wharton in the #23 2.6 litre Healey. The race began with a Le Mans style start, which saw...
10 August 2017
The 500cc race that Stirling had entered his #5 Cooper-JAP 500 Mk.II in preceded the first ever British Grand Prix held at Silverstone on 2nd October 1948, won that year by Italian Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati 4CLT/48, and often cited as the first British Grand Prix of the modern era. The race meeting marked the opening of the Silverstone Circuit...
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...