Sir Stirling Moss's performance at the 1955 Mille Miglia had all the makings of a legend: A 25-year-old driver on a meteoric rise to racing success; a gorgeous Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722, now heralded as one of racing's most beautiful forms; and a brutal and dangerous route through the Italian countryside.
Moss's drive was a barn-burner, storming the 992-mile course in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds—an average speed of 98.53 miles per hour—in a car with essentially zero modern safety features and brakes that would be outperformed by your neighbor's commuting machine.
Sir Stirling's performance will never be beaten. The race, run on public roads lined by spectators who often crowded into the racing line, proved too dangerous to carry on. Moss's record was unbeaten in 1956, and a tragic and gruesome accident in 1957 that killed two drivers and nine spectators (five of whom were children) ensured that was the last year of the competition.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this unbeaten victory, brought together Sir Stirling, the #722 Mercedes, and a host of motorsport legends to figure out just exactly how Moss worked the magic that led to this hallowed victory.