Stirling Moss, the late British racer and global motorsports ambassador, is being memorialized during the upcoming Goodwood SpeedWeek, where the Goodwood Motor Circuit’s Kinara Trophy will be renamed The Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy.
The new trophy will be contested for the first time in October during a 2-driver-team, 60-minute race for early 1960s GT cars like those driven “from the peak of Sir Stirling’s career,” officials said.
“Taking to the track will be some of the most beautiful and iconic machinery of the day (and indeed of all time), including the Ferrari 250 SWB, Aston Martin DB4 GT and Jaguar E-type,” Goodwood said in its announcement. “These cars were raced by Stirling at the very peak of his career, including his victories in the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in 1960 and ’61.”
The release also quoted Lady Susie Moss: “Stirling and I always received such a warm welcome at Goodwood from the family and the fans. He would have been touched to be remembered with a race in his name. In fact, he’d probably be raring to have a go at it himself.”
The track noted that Moss achieved some of his greatest victories at Goodwood, but also suffered a career-ending accident there.
“When motorsport returned to Goodwood in 1993, Stirling became a patron of the Festival of Speed, and was an ever-present at the Revival from 1998,” the track said. “Always keen to get back behind the wheel, Sir Stirling became a familiar sight to the fans who gave him the nickname ‘Mr. Goodwood.’ Competitive in a range of sports, touring and single seater cars well into his 70s, Sir Stirling captivated and charmed the Goodwood audience on every appearance.”
Goodwood isn’t the only event honoring Moss’s memory. Motor Racing Legends, The Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, announced that the Royal Automobile Club Historic Tourist Trophy vintage races, scheduled for October 25 at Silverstone, will include a 1-hour event for 1950s sports cars for the Stirling Moss Trophy.
This new event features a 3-hour, 3-class race for Pre-1966 GT and Touring Cars and 1950s Sports Cars, with entrants encouraged to establish 3-car teams, one from each category. The race will feature fuel stops and driver changes.
Regent Street show canceled for 2020
Held in conjunction with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in England, the Regent Street Motor Show has become the UK’s largest free car show, annually drawing as many as 500,000 visitors. But not this year.
“Following a detailed feasibility study regarding the running of the 2020 Regent Street Motor Show, it is with regret that we have reached the difficult – if understandable – decision to postpone the show until next year,” said Nick Wigley, chief executive of Goose Live Events, which stages the show on behalf of the Royal Automobile Club.
Wigley added that the London to Brighton run is still planned for November 1 and that the 2021 date for the Regent Street show is November 6, 2021.
London concours expands for 2021
Organizers of the London Concours say they will expand to a 3-day event in 2021, adding “Supercar Friday” to the schedule.
The mid-week event is held annually on the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters. The Wednesday-Thursday program will expand to June 9-11, 2021, with a new Friday display of modern and classic supercars.
New Rallye de Durbuy planned for 2021
Organizers of the annual Zoute Grand Prix, a vintage car event staged in the fall in Belgium, have announced a new event, the Rallye de Durbuy, planned for April 29-May 2, 2021. The new event will travel “from the seaside to the Ardennes”
For details, visit the rally website.
Hilton Head drives ‘Young America’
The Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival is doing a virtual “Driving Young America Boulevard” this fall with online events “meant to entertain, educate and inspire the next generation of automobile enthusiasts.”
Here’s the lineup, with links to the registration webpage:
* September 30, 8 p.m. (Eastern) — Irv Gordon MilnMilr Scholarship Presentation honoring the man who drove his 1966 Volvo P1800s 3.32 million miles.
* October 6, 1 p.m. (Eastern) — Lane Motor Museum: Inspiration Tour, with Jeff Lane leading a Facebook Live tour featuring vehicles relating to the Michelin Junior Challenge Design contest.
* October 14, 4 p.m. (Eastern) — Industry Insiders: Motor Oil + Tire 101, with experts from Castrol and Michelin discussing the science behind their products.
* November 1, 2 p.m. (Eastern) — Michelin Junior Challenge Design, featuring Moray Callum of Ford, Ralph Giles of Fiat Chrysler, Michael Simcoe of General Motors, Jay Ward of Pixar, and Ed Welburn, former head of design at GM.
Fall car-show calendar
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fall car-show and concours calendar continues to evolve. Here’s the updated schedule, based on official announcements but subject to change, as of September 15, 2020:
September 23-27 — Salon Prive (England), Telluride Festival, Ironstone Concours d’Elegance (California), St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance (Maryland), Goodguys Lone Star Nationals (Texas), Catskill Conquest Rally (New York)
October 2-4 — Fall Carlisle, Street Rod Nationals South (Knoxville, Tennessee), Jagstravaganza Concours (California), Holley Ford Intergalactic Festival (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
October 9-11 — AACA Eastern Fall Nationals (car show only), Chico Concours d’Elegance (California)
October 16-18 — Goodwood Speed Week, Keels & Wheels, Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance (Florida), Mid-American Street Rod Nationals (Missouri), Astin Mansion (Texas), Off-Road Expo and Sand Sports Super Show (Arizona)
October 19-23 — AACA Central Divisional Tour (Oklahoma), Astin Mansion car show (Texas)
October 23-25 — Charlotte Auto Fair
October 30-November 1 — Copperstate 1000 vintage rally car show, Western Street Rod Nationals (Bakersfield, California), Rennsport Collective (England)
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