How’s the Knee, Old Man?


Two years after his career-ending accident at Goodwood, Stirling Moss was well on his way to supporting himself with his as yet untapped talents. Here Moss is a television reporter for the May 10, 1964 running of the Monaco Grand Prix as he interviews his friend Innes Ireland before the first practice session.

Ireland was feeling a bit bashed up having crashed a British Racing Partnership BRP-BRM at Silverstone during the prior weekend’s International Trophy, a non-championship Formula 1 race. The car was a write off but Ireland had not been injured. The BRP-BRM had been built by the British Racing Partnership, originally put together by Moss’ father Alfred and his former manager Ken Gregory to run private entries for Moss. The BRP-BRM had been designed as a kind of stronger Lotus 25 and used a BRM 1.5 liter V8.

But it was not Ireland’s only recent accident! His right knee had been bruised and wrapped up as the result of a road accident on the way to Monaco. And there was more to come. In Monaco that year only the fastest 16 cars would make the grid, some of which had been guaranteed a place. Ireland was among those who had to make it in and he was given the BRP team’s older Lotus 24, again with a BRM V8 motor and using the less than reliable Colotti transaxle. Ireland did a time in the first practice which would have put him in the show, but had brake complaints which were addressed by the BRP mechanics. Ireland then went out again to try to improve but arrived at the Chicane going too fast, locked a rear wheel and had a big accident, again writing off his car but fortunately not himself.

Photo by Robert Daley ©The Klemantaski Collection –

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