Sixty four years to the day, iconic Italian car maker Maserati dedicated its prototype to the man who took the top honours at the legendary Monaco F1 Grand Prix
Words Team Just Urbane
On May 13, 1956 a Maserati 250F thundered past the chequered flag at the legendary Monaco F1 Grand Prix having led from start to finish in the 100-lap race. At the wheel of this cigar shaped missile was an eccentric gentleman from Britain who would come to be known as the greatest driver to have never won a Championship. His name? Sir Stirling Moss. Tragically, Moss passed away earlier this year and there hasn’t been a single entity that has been related to the world of cars and especially motorsport who hasn’t paid their tribute to this giant of motor racing
Now, exactly 64 years to the date of that historic win on the streets of Monaco, the Italian marque Maserati has announced that a prototype of the new MC20 supercar will pay homage to Sir Moss, who passed away on April 12 at the age of 90. The design used for this prototype, which bears the man’s signature, is taken from the Maserati Eldorado, the iconic single-seater driven on its debut in Monza in 1958 by Stirling Moss himself, at the Trofeo dei due Mondi
Maserati says that the MC20 underlines the trident brand’s desire to highlight its sporting heritage would have pleased Sir Moss. As a matter of fact, Maserati’s success in the racing arena in 2010 with the MC12 signalled the Italian maker’s motorsport comeback. The MC20 is an evolution of that aspiration. It’s also significant that the MC20 will be the first car to be powered by an engine that has been designed and built entirely by Maserati.
Moss, who had also driven other Maserati cars, like the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61 and 300 S, with great success, went on to notch up 16 wins from his 66 grand prix starts. He came within a hair’s breadth of the Formula One World Championship title but never wore the crown, often on account of his own eccentric choices. In a career that spanned just seven years he finished Runner Up an incredible four times and Second Runner Up the remaining three! In the 1956 season and some 1957 races, Moss drove a Maserati 250F (“his favourite”, as he often recalled), beaten only by Juan Manuel Fangio.
A fitting tribute to a great man. #RIPSirStirlingMoss!