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”
Moss signs the bonnet
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