Throwback Thursday, June 5, 2014

This Thursday we travel back to the year 2005.  I was walking around the paddock at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races featuring Chaparral Cars and Jim Hall (their creator).  As I turned the corner near the giant Rolex Moments In Time tent, I felt a lump in my throat.  I still can't comprehend exactly what I saw. Sir Stirling Moss and the the iconic 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR (W196S).

For those of you who follow the sport of racing, you know exactly what this is.  It's the man and the car.  It's the 55 Mille and Jenks and probably the greatest race/drive of all time.

For those of you who don't know, the man sitting on the car is Sir Stirling Moss.  Without getting into it, just accept that he's arguably England's greatest racing driver.  He's won just about everything (yes, except the Formula 1 World Championship) and driven some of the most significant race cars and sports cars ever produced.  The car...well it's, more or less, about the most fantastic race car ever made... racing's equivalent of the pyramids...technology and techniques we gearhead mortals are still trying to figure out (or at least that's what I think).

That was a very good day.

-Andrew

 

 

 

 

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