Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel of a 1957 OSCA during the "Spa Six Hours"!
A wonderful whiff of nostalgia will be blowing across the circuit of Spa- Francorchamps during the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th September, on the occasion of the 2008 edition of the "Spa Six Hours". A meeting organised with great passion by the Roadbook team (Vincent Collard and Alain Defalle), who have mastered the art of bringing historic racing to the general public. This is undoubtedly an event for the entire family; a quite unique cocktail blending races reserved for F1 cars of yesteryears, with Le Mans and 1000 Km of Spa Protoypes, GT power beasts as also a gaggle of Touring cars. It goes without saying that top of the bill over the weekend is the 6 Hours of Spa race, the start being given on Saturday on the dot of 16.00hrs.
The entry list for this rendezvous in the Belgian Ardennes is quite simply exceptional, only to be further enhanced with the presence of a living motor sport legend, more specifically in that of the F1 World Championship, none other than Sir Stirling Moss! This British driver, born in London in 1929 competed in 66 Grand Prix between 1951 and 1962. Considered to be the "uncrowned champion ", he clinched 16 victories, 16 pole positions, 24 podium places, 20 fastest race laps... but was never crowned World Champion. Vice-champion in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958, Stirling Moss often experienced bad luck, sometimes as the result of capricious mechanical failures...
Giving preference to British makes such as HWM, ERA, Connaught and Cooper in his early years in F1, without great success in fact, Moss then drove for Maserati and Mercedes, and during his various travels came across a certain Juan Manuel Fangio, the 5 times World Champion. Also competing with such makes as Vanwall, BRM and Lotus, Moss can pride himself with having scored his first victory driving a rear-engined F1 car! It was back in 1958, in Argentina at the wheel of this Cooper-Climax which revolutionised the world of Formula 1. Seriously injured at Spa in 1960 and two years later at Goodwood, Stirling Moss put an end to his sporting career at the beginning of 1963. However since that time this has not deterred him from taking to the track at the wheel of 'historic' cars.
And this will also be the case during the "Spa Six Hours 2008", where Her Majesty's loyal subject will be on the grid with a 1957/58 OSCA FS372 for the Woodcote Trophy event. An outstanding car, which the former driver acquired some two years ago, and which has since then undergone a ground up restoration, carefully carried by the specialists Hall & Hall. Once the work had been completed Moss decided to enter it in the following race on the calendar of the Woodcote Trophy... and it so happens that the event is being held at Spa! Following a shakedown on the Mallory Park circuit, Sir Stirling Moss is readying himself to take to the track on this undulating circuit in the Belgian Ardennes, where he competed so often in the past. It was not a haphazard decision to opt for an OSCA, seeing the British driver had many years ago won a race at the wheel of a similar car at the American Sebring circuit. Nonetheless there was one final problem to resolve: Moss wanted to have his OSCA sprayed in green, whereas Rick Hall, who carried out the car's entire restoration wished to see it in..red! Outcome: neither party being able to come to a final decision for Spa, the car will therefore retain its metallic aspect as seen during the test runs at Mallory Park!
Entry is set at 15 euros for the three days, an absolute bargain when one considers not only the opportunity to admire Stirling Moss in action, but in addition to enjoy 11 different international series, whilst the Spa Family Paddock and Kids Area village will keep children and grown-ups alike happy! We must not forget to mention the Parking Classic Cars Visitors, where visitors wishing to sell a classic car, with a minimum age of 25 years will be able to exhibit same free of charge. Definitely a weekend not to be missed...