Feature articles

9 October 2017
Feature
The 1959 World Sportscar Championship was decided at the fifth and final round of the Championship, the RAC Tourist Trophy, run over 6 hours, and held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex. Aston Martin had won at Le Mans in June of that year, Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby taking the victory in their DBR1, Stirling having retired,...
8 September 2017
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On the 8th September 1957, the final round of that year's Formula One World Championships was held at Monza. The 1957 Italian Grand Prix abandoned the famous Monza banking, opting instead to race on the 3.57 mile track, which was very like the Monza of today, albeit without the chicanes. Ferrari were back in action after boycotting the...
7 September 2017
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The 1952 Daily Mail BRDC International Trophy programme includes a race for Production Touring Cars, essentially the forerunner to modern touring car racing. Stirling, driving the #30 works Jaguar Mk.VII, qualified the car second on the grid behind Ken Wharton in the #23 2.6 litre Healey. The race began with a Le Mans style start, which saw...
10 August 2017
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The 500cc race that Stirling had entered his #5 Cooper-JAP 500 Mk.II in preceded the first ever British Grand Prix held at Silverstone on 2nd October 1948, won that year by Italian Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati 4CLT/48, and often cited as the first British Grand Prix of the modern era. The race meeting marked the opening of the Silverstone Circuit...
2 August 2017
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The Cars: Maserati 300S
The Maserati 300S has featured a number of times in recent On This Day features this year. It is a car that Stirling has described as "one of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made..." and he also noted in his personal diary that the 300S was the race car that he had his greatest drive in and one of his favorite...
8 June 2017
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The 1959 Italian Grand Prix was held at Monza on 13th September 1959 and was penultimate race of that year’s World Drivers Championship. The 29th Italian Grand Prix, and the 24th to be held at Monza, was run over 72 laps of the five kilometre circuit, for a total race distance of 414 kilometres. The race was a strategic one, won by...
12 May 2017
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On this day in history, 60 years ago to the day, the 24th, and what would prove to be the last, edition of the Mille Miglia took place. The course totalling 992.332 miles around Italy, or 1,597.004 km, was made up entirely of public roads, took place from the 11th – 12th  May 1957. The circular route, starting in Brescia, went south,...
25 April 2017
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The 1961 International 100 Glover Trophy, held at Goodwood, was the first major race for John Surtees on four wheels, having enjoyed world championship winning success on two wheels, and would be one of a number of races that he contested against Stirling. In practice Surtees had unofficially equalled the old Formula One 1.5 litre lap record for...