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Sir Stirling drove the „722“ off the ramp at 09:40 p.m. in front of a cheering crowd and changed seats with Jochen Mass after a farewell drive through Brescia.
“We did it together, many thanks and affection. Ciao, Stirling Moss”
On May 1, 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson started at 7.22 a.m. hence the number on the bodywork of this silver racer
The "over 300bhp" Mercedes 300 SLR was capable of 180mph
The Mille Miglia in 1931 was a far cry from the event won by Moss - this was the era in which the race built the legend of iron men and feats of endurance in rugged tarrain.
The blueprints for the vehicle - a very thinly disguised 300SLR racer, a car that was dominating sports car and Grand Prix racing
Journalist Denis Jenkinson and Moss prior to the start of the event. As a navigator Denis Jenkinson was the pioneer of the road-book navigation technique subsequently adopted for modern rallies and historic car races. Jenkinson died five years ago
Road safety was to become a priority just a few months after this race when the car from which the SLR was derived was forced off the track at Le Mans during the 24 hour race, killing 80 spectators and forever changing motor racing.
Moss and Jenkinson covered the 1,600 Km from Brescia to Rome and back at the unbelievable average speed of 157.65kph
After the event - the dust from the many dirt roads and high speeds is evident on the faces of the winners
The cockpit of the incredible 180 mph machine
A poster advertising the win and the incredible speed of the Mille Miglia win
Fangio sets off in a single seater without the advantage of a navigator
UPDATED May 29, 2005 The legendary Mille Miglia road race from Brescia to Rome and back started in 1927 and continued until the mid-fifties. The record for the 1000 mile journey was set in 1955 - ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds at an average speed of 97.96 mph. The winner was Stirling Moss and Juan Manual Fangio completed a Mercedes Benz 1-2 in the fabled Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. The Mille Miglia has now been revived as a gentlemans rally, and this year Mercedes entered the car in the event for the last time, appropriately driven by Moss and F1 and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass. It will only have two more public outings before it retires to the Mercedes-Benz museum. - the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 24 – 26) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 14).
Read the full article: Mercedes SLR300 - last chance to see (and hear)
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