The Brooklands Volunteers paid tribute to Sir Stirling Moss at Brooklands Museum on Sunday, 12th September. The fitting tribute brought together a diverse collection of cars that Moss had driven, owned or influenced, all driven on a short (bumpy) track on the old start/finish straight and banking. Simon Taylor added an entertaining as well as encyclopaedic commentary that really added a flavour of Moss’s competitiveness and attention to detail that made him the legend he was.
Attracting most attention was the beautifully restored Vandervell transporter with a genuine and replica Vanwall alongside and two Rob Walker Ferrari 250SWBs which Moss used to win the 1960 & 1961 Goodwood Tourist Trophy races. Moss famously listened to the BBC commentary on the radio to monitor his rivals’ progress while winning the 1960 race in the car now owned by F1 Technical Director Ross Brawn.
The diversity of the cars underlined how F1 drivers in general and Moss in particular used to drive in a wide variety of events. From go-kart racing to tightly timed rallies like the Alpine Rallye International des Alpes, Moss just seemed to relish the competition as well as being prepared to weigh up the pros and cons of different approaches. In particular, taking Dennis Jenkinson and his roller of pace notes on the Mille Miglia. Jenkinson’s weight was offset by the advantage of the pace notes and Moss beat Fangio who preferred not to take a co-driver.
The only thing Sir Stirling may have commented on at this touching tribute to him was a notable lack of ladies in the paddock! Angelica Fuentes being the only female competitor in her Minisprint. (Pictured Above)