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The Last Blast Is Mercedes Benz’s Tribute To The Legendary Sir Stirling Moss

The inline eight-cylinder 300 SLR 722 roars for the final time taking on the streets of London before returning to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

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"The Last Blast," a Mercedes-Benz Classic short film, depicts several moments and sites from Stirling Moss’ life and career. The celebrated British racing driver, passed away at his Mayfair home on Easter Sunday last year at the age of 90.

The inline eight-cylinder 300 SLR 722 roars for the final time taking on the streets of London before returning to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

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The iconic race car was seen taking on some iconic London sights. Here it is on the Embankment

In the film, Gert Straub; the Classic Center’s long-time employee and project manager is at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, identical to the one that Sir Moss drove to a glorious Mille Miglia victory back in 1955. In honor of Stirling Moss, the automaker has now let the inline eight-cylinder engine roar for the final time as the vehicle drives through the streets of London before returning to its permanent home at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

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Past the famous Ritz Hotel

You join us in London on a Sunday morning in September. The 722 SLR with several Police escorts, drove past several landmarks of the British capital including the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Automobile Club, and "The Ritz" hotel. The drive concludes precisely at 7:22 a.m. with Elliot Moss, Sir Stirling’s son standing outside their Mayfair home.

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And finally ending up in Mayfair at precisely 7:22 am, where Elliot Moss, Sir Stirling’s son was waiting with a watch

Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Italian Mille Miglia road race from Brescia to Rome and back in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR W196S, in May 1955, after starting at precisely 7:22 a.m. Moss took ten hours and seven minutes to complete the 1,606-kilometer (997.92 miles) journey from Brescia to Rome and back. The time and average speed - 157.6 km/h (97.93 mph) - are records that stand to this day.

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Sir Moss averaged a speed of 97.93 mph

You can catch this fantastic short film by Mercedes Benz honoring the great Stirling Moss below


Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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