“I love to feel a racing car around me, to feel the way it holds me.
I love to make it do all that it was built to do, and then a little bit more”
Sir Stirling Moss is unforgotten and shall remain so in the universe of motorsport. The legend passed away in April 2020 and to celebrate his contribution as a British Racing Driver, Mercedes-Benz will present the 300 SLR at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021 in England in the month of July and later again in the month of September at the Goodwood Revival. One should keep their eyes out for Goodwood Revival as it has been said that the two-seater racing sports car “722” with its ever-resounding sounds is going to be doing some fast laps.
Moss won the Mille Miglia in 1955 in the 300 SLR ‘722’ alongside his teammate Denis Jenkinson. The epic 1000-mile race was completed by Moss and Jenkinson in 10:07:48 seconds; their average speed was 157.65 km/h. The top speed of this roaring beast is over 300 km/h since it is powered by an enhanced Grand Prix engine with eight cylinders, three liters of displacement and 310 hp.
Sir Stirling Moss participated in two motorsport championships of the year 1955, namely, the World Sports Car Championship and the Formula One World Championship as Mercedes-Benz works driver in the 300 SLR and the W 196 R. In order to celebrate Moss’s achievements, Mercedes-Benz also plans to bring the W196R Formula One car with naked wheels, the kind Moss drove to win his first Grand Prix at Aintree in 1955. That’s not all, both these beauties will be escorted by what is referred to as “Blue Wonder” by its fans, the renowned high-speed racing car transporter for their visit to the UK this summer.
The Goodwood Revival in September, to celebrate Moss’ life and career is going to host the largest ever gathering of his competition cars. This event is auspicious because the 300 SLR “722” has rarely been seen outside of the Mercedes-Benz Museum at Stuttgart, Germany; in an attempt to protect and keep the legacy of “722” intact, this is going to be its last outing for many years to come. The track line-up for the day looks very interesting, one might get to see the Lotus 18 which was driven by Moss that defeated the Ferraris in Monaco and Nürburgring in 1961. The Aston Martin DB3S is also said to be present which won the DBR1. The beau that won Moss his International Gold Cup in 1961 which is the Ferguson P99 four-wheel drive, will be a cherry on top!
What makes the Goodwood events more special is the fact that it was at the Goodwood Motor Circuit Sir Stirling Moss participated and won his very first race. Along with others, he founded the Festival of Speed and even competed in the Revival. No wonder he was entitled “Mr. Goodwood”. After his retirement, he became a Brand Ambassador of Mercedes-Benz and still enjoyed driving all “his” cars from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection at historic events right up to the modern age.