Goodwood to celebrate Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss at 2021 events
The legendary Sir Stirling Moss, who passed away last April, will be commemorated at Goodwood’s motorsport events in 2021.
One of the founding patrons of the Festival of Speed, and a regular competitor at the Revival, Moss was a favourite of the fans, who christened him ‘Mr Goodwood’.
The Duke of Richmond said: “Stirling and his wife Susie were such an important part of the Goodwood family for so many years.
“All of us here felt his loss especially keenly as we weren’t able to commemorate his incredible life as we would have wanted last year.
“We hope that fans at our events around the world will join us in celebrating his racing career and bidding farewell to ‘Mr Goodwood’ in 2021.
“Stirling’s supreme skill and love for his sport will continue to be remembered at Goodwood for many years to come.”
It was at the Goodwood Motor Circuit that Moss took part in, and won, his very first motor race, on September 18, 1948, a day after his 19th birthday.
In the years that followed, Moss contested 56 races at Goodwood, winning 21 of them and finishing on the podium a further 13 times.
Goodwood was the scene of four of Moss’ seven Tourist Trophy victories; two for Ferrari and two for Aston Martin, including clinching the British marque’s world championship title in 1959.
It was also the scene of his career-ending accident on April 23, 1962.
This weekend marks the anniversary of the 1955 Mille Miglia, which Moss won with the invaluable help of co-driver Denis ‘Jenks’ Jenkinson.
The daring duo completed the epic 1,000-mile race in ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds, at an average speed of 99mph – a record which will stand in perpetuity.
Honouring this achievement at the Festival of Speed, Mercedes-Benz will be displaying the fearsome 300 SLR ‘722’ in which the pair competed, and which is rarely seen outside the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Mercedes-Benz will also be bringing a W196 Formula 1 car of the type Moss used to win his first Grand Prix, at Aintree in 1955.
The Goodwood Revival in September will host perhaps the largest ever gathering of Moss’ competition cars, celebrating his life and career in a way that was not possible in 2020.
Returning for the parade will be ‘722’, alongside the Lotus 18 in which Moss defeated the mighty ‘Sharknose’ Ferraris at both Monaco and the Nurburgring in 1961.
Returning to Goodwood will also be the Rob Walker Racing Ferrari 250 GT SWB which Moss drove to his last Goodwood win, at the Tourist Trophy in 1961.
Many of the Moss parade cars will also be racing in earnest again during the Revival, including the Aston Martin DB3S in which he finished second at Le Mans (in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy), and the Nurburgring 1000km-winning DBR1 (Sussex Trophy).
Also invited to compete in those two races respectively will be his Reims-winning Jaguar C-type and Cooper T49, while a real rarity, the Ferguson P99 four-wheel-drive Grand Prix car which Moss piloted to victory in the International Gold Cup in 1961, will join the grid for the Richmond Trophy.
The Revival will also be the setting for the second running of the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy.
Formerly the Kinrara Trophy, this race was renamed for Goodwood SpeedWeek in 2020 and will now become a permanent fixture on the Goodwood calendar.
Contested by Jaguar E-types, Ferrari 250s, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and AC Cobras, it has been described as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’, taking place as the sun falls on the Friday night of the Revival weekend.
Finally, the 78th Members’ Meeting in October will see the third running of the Moss Trophy for GT cars of a type which raced up to 1962 – a fitting way to keep the Moss name alive at Goodwood’s most exclusive race meeting.
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