Fans’ chance to meet motor racing legend

MOTORSPORT fans have the rare chance to chat to a racing legend while getting close to cars from his career at a unique event.

Sir Stirling Moss OBE may have retired from competitive motor racing, but he is just as passionate as ever about the sport.

For one day only, fans will have the opportunity to hear his enthusiasm first-hand amongst some of the great cars he has driven throughout his career at an exhibition in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow. These include a Lotus 18 – which took Sir Stirling to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix in 1961 – a Jaguar XK 120C (C Type) and a Porsche RS61.

Alex Bussom, press assistant for the Theatre Royal, said it was the only time these cars “have ever and will ever” be together in one place again for the public’s viewing, adding that Sir Stirling has never made an appearance with all of these cars.

Sir Stirling, 81, said: “It’s always nice to go somewhere where people are on your side. The fans, I just hope they enjoy it as much as I will.”

Sir Stirling owns the Porsche which he said he is hoping to drive at Le Mans next month.

Of the cars on display, he said: “They are representative of the era and I think I am also bringing some crash hats as a backdrop to what I’m talking about.”

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He added: “The whole sport has changed. The cars, the circuits, the safety aspects. I have never raced with a seatbelt. Never in my professional career.”

Sir Stirling, who nowadays fulfills engagements such as talks and competes in historical racing, said what attracted him to motor racing was “the danger, the excitement, the pretty girls, the travel”.

“There were hundreds of reasons,” he said.

Sir Stirling will be making his appearance at the exhibition, in the Greene King car park, from about 5pm following his sell-out talk at the Theatre Royal. The exhibition starts at 2.30pm. Tickets, which cost �5, can be purchased on the day or in advance. Contact the box office on 01284 769505.

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