Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

The ex­pec­ta­tion sur­round­ing this race was huge. A Bri­tish car had never won a world cham­pi­onship race but now we had Tony Van­dervell’s Van­walls in the hands of Stir­ling Moss, Tony Brooks and Stu­art Lewis-evans to take on the Ital­ian For­mula 1 es­tab­lish­ment of Fer­rari and Maserati. As a school­boy stand­ing at the fence at Bech­ers, I saw the drama un­fold. First Stir­ling led be­fore a mis­fire set in. The Vanwall team’s plan B was for Stir­ling to take over from Tony who was still feel­ing the ef­fects of a Le Mans ac­ci­dent a few weeks ear­lier. Tony was run­ning fifth but Stir­ling was ninth when he re­sumed. Jean Behra’s lead­ing Maserati 250F looked un­catch­able as did Mike Hawthorn’s Lan­ci­aFer­rari 801 in sec­ond place. Stir­ling broke the lap record time and again to reach fourth, di­rectly be­hind Lewis-evans as they ap­proached Bech­ers. Sud­denly Behra’s clutch dis­in­te­grated, Hawthorn ran over de­bris and picked up a punc­ture, and the two Van­walls were ahead. By the end of the lap, Stir­ling had passed Stu­art and never looked back. It was a truly historic mo­ment as Stir­ling took the che­quered flag 21 laps later.

Stir­ling Moss takes the flag at Aintree

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