We are on the harbor front straight just before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, 1960 as some of the drivers gather to listen to the race officials. From the left we may see Innes Ireland (Lotus), Alan Stacey (Lotus), Tony Brooks (Cooper), Stirling Moss (Lotus), Chris Bristow (Cooper), Phil Hill (Ferrari), Richie Ginther (crouching – Ferrari), Wolfgang von Trips (Ferrari), Dan Gurney (partially hidden – BRM), Joakim Bonnier (BRM), and Roy Salvadori (Cooper). Once again the Monaco rules had excluded eight entries which had not been fast enough to qualify for the 16 car limit on Monaco’s 1.95 mile street circuit. among those non-qualifiers were the two new Scarabs of Lance Reventlow and Chuck Daigh. Stirling Moss was on pole a full second faster than Jack Brabham’s Cooper who was followed by the Cooper of Tony Brooks.
The race would be over 100 laps, a real challenge. Bonnier led from the start after rocketing into the lead from the second row of the grid and led with Brabham and Moss following. Moss was soon up to second place but showed no interest in passing Bonnier. A second group was now closing up due to the somewhat relaxed pace of Bonnier so Moss took over and at quarter distance led by 6 seconds. Rain then covered the circuit and Brabham passed Moss to take the lead, Bonnier holding onto third place. Brabham then hit the wall at Ste. Devote so Moss inherited the lead. At halfway, Moss led by 14 seconds over Bonnier. Moss then lost his lead to a spark plug wire coming off, but it was quickly fixed in the pits and he held onto second place, with only seven cars still running. Moss was soon back in front again as Bonier fell back and stopped at his pit.
So Moss continued that way, wining ahead of Bruce McLaren’s Cooper and Phil Hill’s Ferrari. To the winner go the spoils, including a few moments with the lovely princess Grace!
Photos by Robert Daley ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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