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 – http://www.klemcoll.com
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