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 Stirling get away off the line in first place in the big Jaguar, having gained the advantage by sprinting across the track to his car well ahead of field.

As he recalls, “I was really conscious of just how large this car was. I once said that its bodywork seemed to trail behind it, a bit like a long scarf and, on reflection, I think that this is quite apt”.

Stirling won the 17 lap race easily, at an average speed of 75.22 mph, taking Woodcote each lap in a huge four-wheel drift.  He was told that the howling tyres could be heard well before the car came into view.

Wharton finished in second place, 13.8 sec behind Stirling, with Sydney Allard in the #33 Monte Carlo Allard saloon, driving a brilliant race, to finish in third place, ahead of the only other car to complete the full 17 laps, Bertie Bradnack in the #32 Jaguar Mk. VII.

The class winners were Dick Jacobs, in a 1.5 litre MG YB saloon, who beat the two Jowett Javelins by overtaking them on the inside of Stowe Corner to take class F, Tony Crook, racing a Bristol, won class E, with Wharton winning class D.

Stirling won class C and the overall honours, racing the Jaguar Mk.VII, a car he described as a “drawing room on wheels” which “handled extraordinarily well”.  He would go onto the win the same race in 1953, again racing the large Jaguar.