Moss at Goodwood

Stirling Moss, Jaguar Goodwood klemcoll

In spite of a quizzical look over at the camera of Louis Klemantaski, Stirling Moss was on pole for the 5 lap sports car race at Goodwood on September 27, 1952. His look was actually a reflection of some annoyance because he was at that time Jaguar’s number 1 driver with a contract that promised him the best car whenever there was an entry by the Jaguar team. But the Jaguar works had just given their best C-Type to Tony Rolt who was on the far side of the four-car front row.

It was a rather complex situation as Mike Hawthorn who originally was going to drive that car at this Goodwood meeting, where Moss was not entered, was in hospital after crashing his Cooper-Bristol at the Modena aerautodromo. Thinking the works would withdraw the C-Type which had been offered to Hawthorn, Moss then arranged a drive in Tommy Wisdom’s older ex-works car. He was unpleasantly surprised when Rolt appeared with the works C-Type. Although Moss had been given pole, his C-Type was no match for Rolt’s car which had the latest cylinder head which Wisdom could not obtain. Rolt took the win, but it was close with Moss only six-tenths of a second behind.

Photo by Louis Klemantaski ©The Klemantaski Collection –

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One comment

  1. · · Reply

    When you mention Tommy Wisdom, famed journalist, you have to remember that he loaned his personal XK 120 to Moss in 1950 for the Tourist Trophy, that Stirling won and led him to join the Jaguar Team.

    They had felt he was too young at 21 to drive for them previously. It was a big break for young Moss.

    .Jim sitz


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