Some of the most iconic cars raced by Stirling Moss will be on display.
After being canceled and replaced with the media-only SpeedWeek event last year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is returning this year and will be opening its doors to the public on July 8-11. One of the star cars will be the new Lotus Emira sports car, which will make its dynamic debut.
As part of this year's 'The Maestros - Motorsport's Great All-Rounders' theme, Goodwood will celebrate the life and career of the legendary Sir Stirling Moss, who passed away last year and is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, despite never winning a Formula 1 championship.
Moss is synonymous with Goodwood. He entered and won his first race at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on September 18, 1948. Out of the 56 races he entered at Goodwood, he won 21 of them, securing an additional 13 podium finishes.
He also achieved seven Tourist Trophy victories, including two for Ferrari and two for Aston Martin before his racing career ended at Goodwood after he was involved in a serious accident on April 23, 1962, that left him in a coma for one month. He was also one of the founding patrons of the Festival of Speed and often competed at the Revival.
One of Moss's most famous achievements was his victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia, when he completed the grueling 1,000-mile race in 10 hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds at an average speed of 99 mph.
To celebrate this achievement, the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR '722' he drove to victory will be displayed at this year's Festival of Speed. Mercedes-Benz will also showcase a W196 Formula 1 car similar to the one Moss used to win his first Grand Prix.
The celebrations will continue in September at the Goodwood Revival, which will host the largest gathering of Moss' competition cars including his Mercedes-Benz 300SLR '722,' the Lotus 18 that defeated Ferrari in Monaco and the Nurburgring in 1962, and the Rob Walker Racing Ferrari 250 GT SWB Moss used to win the Tourist Trophy in 1961, his last ever win at Goodwood.
Several iconic cars from Moss's racing career will also race at the revival, including the Aston Martin DB3S that finished second in Le Mans, the DBR1 that won the Nurburgring 1000km, his Reims-winning Jaguar C-type and Cooper T49, and the four-wheel drive Ferguson P99 Grand Prix car he raced to victory in the 1961 International Gold Cup in 1961.
Last year's SpeedWeek hosted the first ever Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, which will return for 2021 and is now a permanent fixture. Watching vintage Jaguar E-types, Ferrari 250s, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and AC Cobras battle it out will be a glorious sight. In October, the 78th Members' Meeting will host the third Moss Trophy for GT cars that raced until 1962.
"Stirling and his wife Susie were such an important part of the Goodwood family for so many years. All of us here felt his loss especially keenly as we weren't able to commemorate his incredible life as we would have wanted last year," said The Duke of Richmond. "We hope that fans at our events around the world will join us in celebrating his racing career and bidding farewell to 'Mr Goodwood' in 2021. Stirling's supreme skill and love for his sport will continue to be remembered at Goodwood for many years to come."