Thursday 19 May 2011

Sir Moss takes Monaco 1961

50 years ago on the last weekend in May, everything pointed to a possible Ferrari sweep of the Grand Prix de Monaco.

Ferrari had introduced their new Formula 1 contender the 156 “Sharknose”, which carried a distinct horsepower advantage over the competition.

Ferrari was running two engine configurations; a V-6 with a 65 degree V-angle (180 hp) and one with a 120 degree V-angle (190 hp). Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips raced 65 degree V-6’s and Richie Ginther the 120 degree V6.

Sir Stirling Moss - Winner, Monaco Grand Prix 1961
Prismacolor pencils on gray archival stock, 10"x 8"  © Paul Chenard 2009
Private collection. Available as a limited edition.

Sir Stirling Moss was driving the Rob Walker Lotus 18 F1 car which ran with a 1.5 litre Climax inline-4 engine producing only 174 hp.

Lotus was also there with Jim Clark driving the Lotus-Climax, with Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney racing the Porsche 718’s.

From his pole position, Sir Moss took an early lead from Ginther and Clark, and retained it to the end. He drove at 10/10’s for the whole race, keeping just ahead of the very persistent Ginther and Hill in their more powerful cars.

Sir Moss is quoted in saying that this was his best race ever, and in seeing the machines and talent he was up against, one can only agree!


Interview with a stranger. said...

Hi there,

I am happy to say that there are some sunning drawings of cars on this site, it is my first time here and I will be taking a good look over the next few days. I draw cars myself but not specifically sports or racing cars and not older ones except for an Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, drawing with technical drawing pen and marker pens, plus another one in charcoal, I like them. I will not post a link to it for fear of not complying with any rules for posting. Thanks for the interesting information and images, Gareth.

Anonymous said...

There's a Rob Walker and the Golden Age of Formula One exhibition coming up on August 6th, 2011, in Nunney, the village in Somerset, England, in which Rob Walker lived after his retirement. The webiste is Visit Nunney.