‘Mr Motor Racing’, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, has confirmed his attendance at Flywheel 2016. The British legend, who won 212 of the 527 races he entered between 1948 and 1962, attends with his wife Susie and will be signing autographs for festival-goers throughout the weekend, as well as being reunited with a number of his race-winning cars.
Stirling said: “Susie and I are thrilled to be making our first visit to Flywheel. It should be an action-packed weekend, full of fun for all the family. We look forward to seeing you there!”
Historic aircraft and competition cars, classic road cars and military machines will converge on Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire for the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd 2016, when Flywheel returns to the UK’s best-preserved Second World War bomber station.
Joining Stirling at Flywheel will be the Lotus 18 in which he won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, widely regarded as one of the best Formula 1 races of all time. Moss held off the much more powerful Ferraris of Hill and Ginther, maintaining qualifying pace for the full race distance to claim victory by a matter of seconds. The Lotus 18 is now actively campaigned by its current owner and has been restored to the 1961 Monaco GP specification.
Stirling’s 1952 Reims Grand Prix-winning Jaguar C-type (pictured), the first ever disc-braked car to take race victory, will also be running on the demonstration track for the crowds at Flywheel. Helping to make disc brakes the universal technology they are today, XKC 005 saw Stirling take the win on an incredibly hot and competitive day, in which he almost collapsed from intense exhaustion after taking the chequered flag.
Note: Press release courtesy Historic Promotions Ltd.