Goodwood to honour Stirling Moss across its 2021 events

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Displays, parades and memorial trophy races set to celebrate the career of Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss, Goodwood Revival 2011

Sir Stirling Moss at Goodwood Revival 2011

Adam Beresford

Goodwood will celebrate the life of Sir Stirling Moss across its portfolio of public events this year, with a series of tributes planned to honour one of Britain’s greatest ever drivers.

The West Sussex circuit has lined up a host of special memorial activities across its 2021 events to pay homage to Moss, who passed away last Easter at the age of 90.

Among the plans are special displays, making last year’s Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy race a permanent fixture, and assembling potentially the largest gathering of Moss competition cars ever at a single event.

The celebrations will begin at the Festival of Speed (July 8-9), where the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’ that Moss and Motor Sport continental correspondent Denis ‘Jenks’ Jenkinson took to a record-breaking victory on the 1955 Mille Miglia will be on public display. The car is rarely allowed outside of Mercedes’ museum in Stuttgart, but Goodwood has secured the original chassis – complete with Jenks’ ingenious ‘bog roll’ navigational notes roller – for both the Festival and the Revival in September (17-19).

The Revival will boast even more Moss memorabilia, with plans to assemble potentially the largest ever gathering of ex-Moss competition cars to take part in daily parades. The 722 will form part of this for an incredibly rare on-track outing. It will be joined by a number of other historic cars, such as the Lotus 18 that Moss used to win both the Monaco and German grands prix in 1961, each time defeating the ‘Sharknose’ Ferraris. The Rob Walker Racing Ferrari 250 GT SWB that Moss drove to victory in the 1961 Tourist Trophy – his last Goodwood win – is also scheduled to appear.

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Other star machines include the Aston Martin DB3S he and Peter Collins took to second at Le Mans in 1956 and the DBR1 Moss used to win the 1958 Nürburgring 1000km. There will also be ex-Moss Jaguar C-types, a Cooper T49 and the one-of-a-kind Ferguson P99 four-wheel-drive grand prix car that he drove to its sole circuit racing victory in the 1961 International Gold Cup.

The Revival will also play host to the second running of the Moss Memorial Trophy, which made its first appearance during last year’s closed-doors Speedweek event. The race – formerly the Kinrara Trophy – caters for GT cars that raced up to 1962.

A third helping of the Moss Trophy will also take place during the 78th Members’ Meeting in October (16-17) to round out the schedule.

Moss and Goodwood have been intrinsically linked since the very start of ‘The Boy’s’ career. Moss made his racing debut at Goodwood on September 18, 1948, winning the day after his 19th birthday. Across his career, Moss took part in 56 races at the track, winning 21 of them and finishing on the podium a further 13 times. Moss also took four Tourist Trophy wins at Goodwood: two for Ferrari and two for Aston Martin, one of which helped clinch Aston’s sole World Sports Car Championship crown in 1959. Moss also suffered his career-ending accident at the track in April 1962.

Speaking about the plans, 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 liked last year.

“We hope that fans at our events, and 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.”