In honor of the British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, who died in April 2020, two Silver Arrows from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection will be on display at the Goodwood Revival. The 300 SLR (W 196 S) is the Briton's most famous racing car. With the starting number "722", the Stirling Moss / Denis Jenkinson team won the Mille Miglia in May 1955 and set a record for eternity with an average speed of an incredible 157,65 km / h over 1.600 kilometers. Also in 1955, Moss finished second in the Formula 196 World Championship with the Mercedes-Benz W 1 R behind his team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio.
1955 Silver Arrows
The Goodwood Revival uses the historic circuit for demonstration drives and races with historic racing cars. Between 1948 and 1966, this 3,8 kilometer (2,37 mile) Goodwood Circuit hosted numerous spectacular sports car, Formula 1 and motorcycle races. Goodwood's long-standing reputation in the world of motorsport goes back to these events. Among other things, the Goodwood Revival 2021 is dedicated to Sir Stirling Moss: For example, it will bring together perhaps the largest number of racing cars by the famous motor sportsman. In addition, from this year the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy will be a fixed point of the event.
"In honor of the great person and racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, Mercedes-Benz Classic has already presented the '722' at several events in England over the past few months," says Christian Boucke, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “The highlight and at the same time the conclusion of this special tour is certainly the Goodwood Revival. There, in addition to the racing sports car, we are showing an original Formula 1 racing car from 1955. “The two Silver Arrows with their unmistakable sound are powered by an eight-cylinder in-line engine. The key data of the Grand Prix racing car: 2,5 liter displacement and 213 kW (290 hp). In the racing sports car it is three liters and 228 kW (310 hp).
One of the best racing drivers of all time
Stirling Moss is one of the great racing drivers in motorsport, although he never became world champion. But four runner-up world championships in Formula 1 in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 as well as three third places in the final tables in 1959, 1960 and 1961 prove his consistency and his class. In 1955, Moss competed as a works driver for Mercedes-Benz both in Formula 1 with the W 196 R and in the sports car world championship with the 300 SLR (W 196 S). In the endurance discipline, Moss played a decisive role in ensuring that Mercedes-Benz secured this championship ahead of Ferrari with victories at the Mille Miglia, the RAC Tourist Trophy in Northern Ireland and the Targa Florio in Sicily.
In Formula 1, the highly talented Brit in the Silver Arrow won his first of a total of 16 Grand Prix on July 1955, 16 in Aintree. After Mercedes-Benz withdrew from motorsport at the end of the 1955 season, Moss continued his successful racing career. He ended it after an accident on April 30, 1962 at Goodwood at the age of 32. As a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, he moves “his” Silver Arrows into old age with excellent vehicle control. Moss dies on April 12, 2020 at the age of 90 in London.
Comeback as the Goodwood Revival
The races in the stately park of Goodwood Park go back to the initiative of the grandfather of today's Duke of Richmond. “I had my best childhood experiences with my grandfather at the Goodwood race track,” he says in retrospect. When he determined the fate of the country estate from 1992 - still as Earl of March and Kinrara - he immediately prepared a comeback in racing activities. As early as 1993, the nobleman organized the first Goodwood Festival of Speed, which he himself described as a large garden party with around 180.000 spectators over one weekend. The race is on a 1,86-kilometer (1,16-mile) mountain route around the mansion of Goodwood House.
Pretty much all the major racing teams and automobile manufacturers have long accepted the Duke of Richmond's invitation. Mercedes-Benz is regularly represented there with historic and young Silver Arrows including famous drivers such as Lewis Hamilton or Jochen Mass. In addition to the Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival is establishing itself. In 1998 the Goodwood Circuit will be driven again for the first time since 1966. It is a festival with a special flair: Almost all spectators, teams and other actors dress in the fashion style of the years 1948 to 1966. “We asked for the contemporary clothing, and the idea was enthusiastically received,” explains the Duke of Richmond. "So every spectator is part of the event."
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Legendary Silver Arrows from 1955 at the Goodwood Revival
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