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Quotes on the 1955 season.
  • Quotes on the 1955 motor sport season.

  • Argentine Grand Prix (Buenos Aires), 16 January 1955.

    Heinz-Ulrich Wieselmann, “Argentine Grand Prix: El grandioso Corredor Juan Manuel Fangio”, “das Auto Motor und Sport”, Germany, No. 3/1955:“Nobody who was there will ever forget that hell. […] Only seven of the 21 cars on the starting line emerged from those oven-like temperatures to finish the race. […] I saw drivers younger than Fangio flopping to the ground exhausted after only one third of the race, and hardened fighters resignedly handing over the wheel to the next driver. Whereas three drivers for each car were needed to get two Ferraris and a Mercedes-Benz to second, third and fourth places, the iron-willed Fangio covered all his laps alone. […] The race results show that Mercedes-Benz is equal to this tough challenge.”

    Victorious: Juan Manuel Fangio in his Mercedes-Benz W 196 racing car after winning the Argentinean Grand Prix on January 16, 1955.
    Mille Miglia, Brescia in Italy, 1 May 1955. Winners in the production sports car class: John Cooper Fitch and Kurt Gesell (start number 417) in a Mercedes-Benz Type 300 SL (W 198) touring sports car.

    Mille Miglia, Italy, 30 April to 1 May 1955.

    Denis Jenkinson, “With Moss in the Mille Miglia”, “Motor Sport”, Great Britain, June 1955: “Down a steep hill in second gear, we went, into third at peak revs, and I thought ‘it’s a brave man who can unleash nearly 300 b.h.p. down a hill this steep and then change into a higher gear’.”

    Mille Miglia, Italy, 30 April to 1 May 1955.

    Denis Jenkinson, “With Moss in the Mille Miglia”, “Motor Sport”, Great Britain, June 1955: “Down a steep hill in second gear, we went, into third at peak revs, and I thought ‘it’s a brave man who can unleash nearly 300 b.h.p. down a hill this steep and then change into a higher gear’.”

    Mille Miglia, Brescia in Italy, 1 May 1955. Winners in the production sports car class: John Cooper Fitch and Kurt Gesell (start number 417) in a Mercedes-Benz Type 300 SL (W 198) touring sports car.

    Denis Jenkinson, “With Moss in the Mille Miglia”, “Motor Sport”, Great Britain, June 1955:

    “I indicated that we were still leading the race, and by the way Moss left Florence, as though at the start of a Grand Prix, I knew he was out to crack one hour to Bologna, especially as he also looked at his wrist-watch as we left the control. ‘This is going to be fantastic,’ I thought, as we screamed up the hills out of Florence, ‘he is really going to do some nine-tenth plus motoring’ and I took a firm grip of the ‘struggling bar’ between giving him direction signals, keeping the left side of my body as far out of Moss’s way as possible, for he was going to need all the room possible for his whirling arms and for stirring the gear lever about.”

    Mille Miglia (Brescia/Italy), 1 May 1955. The subsequent race winners Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson pictured before the race in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
    Mille Miglia (Brescia/Italy), May 1, 1955. Celebrating the victory of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson.

    Record-breaking Mille Miglia.

    Heinz-Ulrich Wieselmann, “A journey to Italy: Mille Miglia for the heart”, “das Auto Motor und Sport”, Germany, No. 10/1955:“Moss had plenty of incidents during his record-breaking Mille Miglia. On one occasion his Mercedes took flight for 15 metres at 250 km/h on a series of ground undulations, on another he hit a patch of oil when exiting a bend and performed a 360-degree spin, and near Pescara he had already taken a slight short-cut by ploughing through some straw bales – none of this perturbed him in the least. After 10:07.48 hours at the wheel he rocketed down Brescia’s finishing straight in Via Rebuffone, the closely-packed spectators awaiting the winners behind the finishing line sprang aside like drops of water on a hot pan, Jenkinson’s once red beard was now as black as soot, photographers came to blows with their cameras and the crowd was ecstatic: Mercedes had won.”

    Record-breaking Mille Miglia.

    Heinz-Ulrich Wieselmann, “A journey to Italy: Mille Miglia for the heart”, “das Auto Motor und Sport”, Germany, No. 10/1955:“Moss had plenty of incidents during his record-breaking Mille Miglia. On one occasion his Mercedes took flight for 15 metres at 250 km/h on a series of ground undulations, on another he hit a patch of oil when exiting a bend and performed a 360-degree spin, and near Pescara he had already taken a slight short-cut by ploughing through some straw bales – none of this perturbed him in the least. After 10:07.48 hours at the wheel he rocketed down Brescia’s finishing straight in Via Rebuffone, the closely-packed spectators awaiting the winners behind the finishing line sprang aside like drops of water on a hot pan, Jenkinson’s once red beard was now as black as soot, photographers came to blows with their cameras and the crowd was ecstatic: Mercedes had won.”

    Mille Miglia (Brescia/Italy), May 1, 1955. Celebrating the victory of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson.

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