This summer there are be two very good reasons to visit the Swift Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.
On Thursday June 6 there will be a special three course lunch with Sir Stirling Moss, featuring a charity auction in aid of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The foundation was set up by John Surtees following the death of his son Henry at a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009 and aims to help young people train and find work as well as provide assistance to those injured in accidents.
Moss needs no introduction, having become a legend in his own lifetime as the quintessential racer’s racer during the ‘50s and early ‘60s.
If you’d like to join Sir Stirling on June 6, tickets are on sale now and cost £100 each. Around half of the tickets have already been sold, so be quick if you want to reserve your spot.
Over the summer the gallery will also be exhibiting ‘From Red to Green’, a series of photographs documenting Britain’s rise to success during the 1950s. During the early part of the decade Italy was the dominant force in racing, but as the ‘60s drew near, the spoils went increasingly to the likes of Jaguar, Aston Martin, BRM, Lotus, Vanwall and Cooper. The latter two ended the decade with a Constructors’ Championship each and to this day Britain is still one of the biggest contributors to world motor sport.
The collection has been selected from the archive of Jarrotts and will run every Thursday afternoon from June 13, as well as other times reserved by appointment. Visitors will have access to both the main collection of around 550 photos and the ‘From Red to Green’ exhibition of around 60 photos.