On 16th July 1955 Stirling Moss achieved his dream of winning a Grand Prix. It was the first time that an Englishman had triumphed in the British Grand Prix which was held at the Aintree track near Liverpool. Stirling held off a stiff challenge from his Argentine team mate: world champion Juan Manuel Fangio who had posted the second-fastest time after Stirling during the warm-ups and led for the first couple of laps of the race but was overtaken by Stirling on the 3rd lap. Juan gained the lead again on the 18th lap but by lap 26 Stirling was in front once more. He kept first place for the rest of the 90 laps in spite of a strong last-lap challenge by Juan at Tatts Corner. The two silver Mercedes-Benz crossed the line almost together. The lack of personal rivalry between the drivers was emphasised by Stirling in his winner’s speech when he said that he was sure that Juan could have overtaken him at the end if he had wished but instead chose to allow him to achieve his life ambition to win the British Grand Prix showing what a great sportsman he really was. Read more […]
See the finish at 2:58!