Sir Stirling Moss: the master of the Mille Miglia
VIDEO: Ahead of the 2015 Mille Miglia, racing legend Sir Stirling Moss looks back on his greatest ever victory.May 14, 2015
Sixty years ago at the 1955 Mille Miglia, a 25-year old racing driver named Stirling Moss produced a performance the likes of which will never be seen again.
Along with his co-driver Denis Jenkison, the young Moss powered through almost 1,600km of Italian countryside in just ten hours, seven minutes and forty-eight seconds, with a quite frankly ridiculous averaged speed of 158.57km/h.
The fact that such a stellar performance came on the dangerous Mille Miglia street course and against a then-two times Grand Prix World Champion in Juan Manuel Fangio meant that not only was the race considered by many as Moss's greatest ever victory, but it was also widely regarded as the greatest ever performance in motor racing history.
The incredible feat was achieved in what is now an iconic car: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722. With a direct-injected straight-8 engine churching out 310bhp and with an eye-watering top speed of 290km/h, in Moss's words: "The 722 is a really strong car. The fact that the car's really old doesn't matter - that car, the way it is now, I reckon we'd beat any other cars, anyway!" A strong car and an even stronger driver. Sir Stirling Moss we salute you.