Sir Stirling Moss reunited with legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
Famous classic and vintage cars race Mille Miglia started yesterday in Brescia. More than 400 cars will cruising four days across Italy and one of them is more special than others. This is silver Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with number 722, winning car from legendary 1955 Mille Miglia in which Stirling Moss set unbeatable record.
On 1st May 1955, Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia in 300 SLR with number 722. They drove flat out for 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds and averaged 98 miles per hour, all on public roads. It was recognised as one of the greatest feats of driving ever – their record still stands today.
In 1955, it was the most advanced race car in the world. At a time when road cars would struggle to hit 70 mph, the W 196 R could exceed 180 mph. Today only eight examples still exist.
Sixty years on, Sir Stirling Moss has been reunited with the 300 SLR number 722, on the very same roads on which he won. To mark a special anniversary Mercedes released a cuting edge 360 degree film. It allows you to control the camera and watch from nearly any angle as Sir Stirling Moss takes ‘722’ on the roads he and Denis Jenkinson set records on. Three dimensional sound makes the footage even more vivid. In the coming weeks the film will be available to be downloaded via iTunes (for the iPhone and iPad) and the Android Store as well as being capable of being experienced on Oculus devices such as the Samsung Gear VR.