In the pits before the start of the isürburgring 1000km race on May 5, 1960 is the Maserati T61 entered by Lloyd “Lucky” Casner’s Camoradi USA Racing Team. The Maserati would be driven by Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney. Although not the fastest in practice, they would be first at the end, about three minutes ahead of the works Porsche RS60 driven by Joakim Bonnier and Olivier Gendebien. A Scuderia Ferrari 250 TR59 would be third, another minute back. The Camoradi effort was enhanced by the presence of the “Silver Fox” himself, Piero Taruffi, as team manager in the pits.
The race was run in typical Nürburgring weather with rain and fog making things difficult for drivers on probably the most challenging circuit for sports car racing. Moss built up a significant lead right from the start which gave the 2.9 liter Maserati a significant cushion for Gurney to maintain over their competitors. However, the leading Maserati had been developing an oil leak for some time and finally had to stop to try to correct it. This let two Ferraris and the Bonnier/Gendebien Porsche past so Gurney rejoined the race in fourth place. Here is Gurney in the misty conditions on the left with some spectators visible behind a simple wire fence.
.Gurney made some progress and finally turned the Maserati back to Moss as the conditions improved, delivering the same lap times as his more famous co-driver, Moss was soon lapping on a drying circuit 12 seconds faster than the leaders and eventually took back the lead after 36 laps of the 44 lap race, and continuing in first place to take the win.
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