Stirling Moss Trophy

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Lister Knobbly

Lister Knobbly

The pre-1961 sports cars of the Stirling Moss Trophy were built for one purpose only: to win races and when these same cars take to the track at Donington this weekend, the drivers will be no less determined to win than their counterparts of fifty years ago. Jostling for position on the grid will be everything from the small but effective under-2000cc drum-braked cars such as the numble Cooper T39 Bobtails, Lola Mk1 and Elva MkV, through mid-sized but super quick contenders that include Lotus and Cooper Monaco (look out for the green and white Monaco of Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson, because they certainly won't be content to hang around midfield), right up to the big bruisers at the front of ther grid.
Lola Mk1

Lola Mk1

When it comes to crossing the finish line first, we could well be looking to the fearsome line-up of Listers (no fewer than three examples of the Knobbly, plus a Costin), but Bobby Verdon-Roe in the aerodynamic Ferrari 246S Dino is usually there at the finish and will no doubt be fighting for every inch of track as the front-runners head for the chequered flag. Among those who will be making sure he doesn't have an easy time of it will be the Lotus 17 Prototype of Gabriel and Dion Kremer, winners of last year's Stirling Moss Trophy. Look out too, for the exquisite Aston Martin DBR1 of Wolfgang Friedrichs, sister car to the 1959 Le Mans winner, which is always such a joy to behold in action, still quick some 54 years after its heyday. Whichever contender you're rooting for, the Stirling Moss Trophy - run by Motor Racing Legends - promises nail-biting action when the cars come out to play on the Donington circuit on Saturday morning (qualifying) and midday on Sunday (an hour-long race).Tags: