Sit back and enjoy this nostalgic short film.
The great Sir Stirling Moss passed away in 2020 but his achievements and legacy will be rightfully celebrated for many more years to come. A phenomenal racing driver, it's little surprise that Moss's own Mustang Shelby GT350 sold for nearly $500,000 recently. But Moss is even more closely associated with another classic, that being the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR "722" which he drove on his way to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia race. This special car will soon be returned to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, but the automaker thought the SLR deserved a grand farewell tour that included the making of a short film called The Last Blast.
First, a quick recap of that epic 1955 Mille Miglia win. With navigator Denis Jenkinson by his side, Moss won the 1,000-mile race behind the wheel of the 300 SLR which took place from Brescia to Rome and back. During the race, the duo often reached speeds of up to 170 mph - they were so fast that planes filming above battled to keep up with them. The three-and-a-half-minute short film looks back on this epic win while concluding with the "722" being driven through the streets of London.
The car had never previously been driven in London, a place where Moss lived for over 60 years. The London drive sees the SLR pass landmarks like Trafalgar Square before passing Moss's very own 300 SL Gullwing.
Perhaps the best moment in the film is the reference to the following quote uttered by a policeman one day many years ago: "Who do you think you are? Stirling Moss?" The policeman was allegedly addressing Moss himself following a brazen overtaking maneuver. Moss's classic response - "Yes sir, I am" - will never be forgotten.
Filming of The Last Blast took place in September, and it ends with "722" arriving at Moss's own home in Mayfair mews at exactly 7:22 am. Greeting the SLR when it arrives is none other than Elliot Moss, the legend's son. It's a moving tribute to both the driver and the car.