Going for Glory


Going for Glory

Mixed media on paper; framed original SOLD

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Stirling Moss in the DBR1 at Goodwood heading out of Woodcote corner and heading towards the chicane. This race was seen as another of his legendary drives to go on and win the 1959 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and to clinch the World Sportscar Championship for Aston Martin.

The Championship was going right down to the wire, with Aston Martin on 16 points, Ferrari on 18 points and Porsche on 15. Aston needed an outright win to capture the world crown. Aston entered 3 works cars. Moss jumped out to an early lead and after twenty laps had a 30 second lead on the second Aston of Carol Shelby. Stirling brought the leading Aston in for a driver change after 43 laps; Roy Salvadori took over for his fist stint. Unfortunately, at the end of his stint the Aston Martin caught fire while in the pit lane. The fire quickly took hold of the wooden pit facilities; team owner David Brown decided to bring in the Aston number two so that Moss could take over. In a very sporting gesture, Aston privateer, Graham Whitehead vacated his adjacent pit so that the works team could continue as the works pits were too badly damaged by the fire. In the end, Moss and Aston went on to take a famous victory, in so doing bringing the World Sportscar Championship to England for the very first time.


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