Three months ahead of his 80th birthday, Sir Stirling Moss will return to Le Mans in mid-June to race his Osca FS 372 in the Le Mans Legends race that supports the 24-hour marathon.
The Legends race will run 46 years to the day from when Moss and Peter Walker finished second in the 1953 24 Hours in their C-type Jaguar. This time, Moss will race the Osca that he bought two years ago and has since had restored by Hall and Hall. The 1959 car is powered by a 1500cc four-cylinder engine.
The Le Mans Legends race, which will run for cars from 1949-65, will be held on Saturday morning before the build up to the 24 Hours begins. The heavily over-subscribed entry includes Ludovic Caron’s Shelby Daytona Cobra, Justin Law’s Lister- Jaguar GT Prototype and Gary Pearson’s Jaguar D-type.
Moss is also set to race the Osca at the Silverstone Classic, but quashed suggestions that he may also take part in the Edwardian race on the same programme. “Someone did suggest it, but those cars are even older than me,” said Moss. “I’ve got enough trouble racing the Osca, so I don’t think that is going to happen.”
Moss tested the Osca recently during the press and test day for the Silverstone Classic, but progress was badly comprised by having to share the track with 1980s Group C sports cars. “You can’t mix cars like this,” he said. “It doesn’t work.”