Stirling Moss is here braking for Cottage Corner, a tight left hand turn on the back of the Aintree Grand Prix circuit, during the British Grand Prix on July 16, 1955. Moss ran together with Juan Manuel Fangio in their Mercedes W196 F1 cars at the front of the field, well ahead of their teammates Karl Kling and Piero Taruffi. Moss and Fangio swapped the lead three times, leaving Moss in front for the last 64 laps to win by 2/10ths second with King and Taruffi well behind. The first non-Mercedes finisher was Luigi Musso in fifth place with a works Maserati 250F. There has always been some question whether Fangio “allowed” Moss to win, but it would have been typical of the Argentinean to not challenge a Moss victory at home, especially as it would be the British driver’s first Grand Prix win.
Louis Klemantaski crouched in the grass on the outside of Cottage Corner for a suite of photographs of the leading cars over a series of laps. In this photograph, taken by a friend with Klem-antaski’s Rollei, one can see another photographer leaning over the track at the apex of Cottage Corner. That photographer, once the image is magnified, appears to be the famous photojournalist Bernard Cahier.
Although the day was obviously sunny with clear skies, that was not the usual for Aintree. Our photographer friend Robert Daley described Aintree well in his book Cars at Speed, “The British make much of the amenities of the Aintree circuit, bragging about its grandstands, its bars, its ‘lavatories.’ It is true you can buy scotch whiskey during a race, and usually the weather is so awful you will want to.” This race was the first Grand Prix win by a British driver on British soil as well as the first Grand Prix victory for Moss. The crowd was estimated to have reached 150,000, all of whom were delighted with the result.
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