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A Rock on a Roll Gathers a Moss

“Yes, Sir!”     

Do you recognize this driver?   

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If so, then you know how cool it is that we just confirmed this morning that one of motorsport’s most beloved icons, a man many consider the world’s best-ever race driver, will be the honored guest at this year’s Labor Day weekend vintage racing extravaganza.

Sir Stirling Moss, the legendary British driver, will be at Lime Rock Park August 31 – September 3, 2012, for Historic Festival 30.

Sir Stirling will speak and take questions at the Friday evening Participant’s Gala, and will be available at various times throughout the weekend for spectator meet-and-greets as well as one-on-one media interviews. He’s to join the judging ranks for the “Sunday in the Park” Concours, and plans are afoot to bring, for display and demo laps, examples of the cars with which he won several of the world’s greatest races.

While Moss never won the Formula One World Championship, finishing second several times, he was, in the minds of most qualified observers, the most talented all-rounder of all time. Moss won races in Formula One, sports cars, touring cars, road races and rallies. Among his more famous victories are the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Alpine Rally, the Tourist Trophy, the Sebring 12 hours and the German Grand Prix.

Moss drove for Jaguar, Vanwall, Cooper, BRM, Maserati, Aston Martin, Porsche... and made occasional appearances in Ferraris. Did you know that he won 57% of all the races he entered in his career?

Amongst his peers – drivers such as Gurney, Brooks, Fangio, Hill, Salvadori and Shelby – he was known as absolutely the man to beat. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to and achievements in motor racing, Sir Stirling will be present throughout the Historic Festival weekend, including hosting autograph sessions. A parade of some of the cars in which he achieved his greatest victories will be staged.

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear one of the real legends of motorsport.

Historic Festival 30: Friday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 3 (Sunday in the Park Concours, Sept. 2)

300+ vintage race cars on-track Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 500+ cars for the Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Clubs. Tickets available online at www.limerock.com, or by phone at 860.435.5000

Stirling Stuff You Might Not Know...

Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss
Born: Sept. 17, 1929
O.B.E: 1959
Knighted: 2000

Stirling's mother's family name of Craufurd can be traced back to William Wallace, whose mother was also a Craufurd.

OVERALL CAREER STATS
Racing Career, 1948 – 1962:
Races Entered: 527
Races Finished: 375
Race Wins: 212
Percentage of wins (to finishes): 56.53%

First Race Win: July 4, 1948, Brough Aerodrome, U.K., Cooper JAP 500cc
Last Race Win: February 4, 1962, 100-mile race, Warwick Farm, Australia, Cooper-Climax 2700cc

FORMULA 1 CAREER STATS
F1 Career, 1951 – 1961:
Races: 66
Grand Prix Wins: 16
Podium Finishes: 24
Career GP Points: 185
Pole Positions: 16
Teams: Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall, Rob Walker, Cooper and Lotus
First GP Win: 1955 British GP
Last GP Win: 1961 German GP

On-board video of Moss driving and commentating on lapping Donington in an F1 Cooper-Climax: Click here

- Rick Roso

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