Sir Stirling Moss Driving The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR: Video
Even for as accomplished a driver as Sir Stirling Moss, the 1955 Mille Miglia was a pretty stunning victory. His winning time of 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was a full 32 minutes ahead of the second place finisher, the also legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. The record time was never beaten, partly because Mercedes-Benz dropped out of motorsports for a while after 1955, partly because the Mille Miglia stopped after 1957 and partly simply because the combination of 300 SLR and Moss was just so perfect. A relationship which Petrolicious will explore in this video.
The 300 SLR started life as the W196, a full-on race car used for Formula 1 that won the two single championships it entered at the hands of Fangio. Dubbed W196S in this two-seat version, the 300 SLR was made for sports car racing, including the Mille Miglia and the dreaded 1955 Le Mans race that pushed Mercedes-Benz to exit motorsport altogether. Seeing (and hearing) the car being taken out on the roads again is pretty spectacular, especially what with the breathtaking cinematography for which Petrolicious is rightly famous.