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Motor Sport News - - Historics - Rac­ing the Moss Lo­tus 18 Age: 30 Lives: Lan­g­ley, bucks WITH AN­DREW HIB­BERD

He raced the ex-moss Lo­tus 18 at Monaco “I was sup­posed to race John El­liott’s Lo­tus 18 but on Mon­day I got an in­vi­ta­tion to race the ex-sir Stir­ling Moss Lo­tus 18. Phil Keen couldn’t drive it as orig­i­nally planned, so I was asked if I could drive it? We got my dad Michael the drive in the other Lo­tus 18 and we ended up with a car each, which was quite ex­cit­ing.”

The Moss car is very spe­cial “I was in the car, the 1961 car Sir Stir­ling Moss drove in Monaco. We took the side panels off in the race, just as they did back in 1961. The scru­ti­neers were a bit con­cerned that it looked dif­fer­ent to the car’s FIA pa­pers.”

He brought it home safely “It was a lit­tle bit daunt­ing in the first ses­sion. I drove round think­ing ‘what am I do­ing in this valu­able rac­ing car driv­ing round Monaco?’ But the sec­ond ses­sion was bet­ter and in the race I had a good scrap with Iain Row­ley and re­ally en­joyed it.”

Moss was there “We met Sir Stir­ling on the Satur­day and we sat with him and chat­ted about the car. It was great fun when we took the side panels off. I thought I’d get loads of air rush­ing through the car and I was ex­pect­ing loads of bits to come up into my crash hel­met. But af­ter the out-lap, I never no­ticed.”

He was still hot in the car “It was done to keep the driver cool, but I still got out of it sweat­ing. I think that was the pres­sure! We had the orig­i­nal Bungee strap over the rear body­work as they did in 1961, be­cause the side panels hold the rear tail down.” He raced against his father “What an ex­pe­ri­ence for both me and my dad to be in the same race. He out-qual­i­fied me so I was sat on the grid at Monaco in Sir Stir­ling’s Lo­tus 18 looking at the back of my dad in an­other Lo­tus 18. I must thank Stephen Bond, the owner of the car, for let­ting me drive it. We’ve been looking af­ter the car re­cently in our work­shop. I tested it in April so he said it made sense for me to drive it.”

Hib­berd: Monaco dream

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