Chris Harris drives Sir Stirling Moss’ Monaco-winning Lotus 18: Series 29

Chris Harris drives Sir Stirling Moss’ Monaco-winning Lotus 18: Series 29


Taken from last series, back in autumn, here’s Chris Harris driving a spectacular nugget of F1 history – the Lotus 18.Sir Stirling Moss was one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. Having sadly passed away in 2020, Chris Harris set out to make a film in honour of the legendary racer, and what better way than taking Moss’ Lotus 18 – the very car he won the 1961 Monaco grand prix in – around Goodwood circuit? Series 29: Geneva Online Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

the lotus 18 a fragile spindle of metal weighing less than half a ton a machine dedicated solely to speed and lightness with no concession to safety crash protection forget it sterling didn’t even bother with side panels but it was in this very car that sterling gave us his greatest f1 drive of all one of the great sporting performances of all time at the 1961 monaco grand prix around the twisting turning 1.9 mile circuit spectators are gathered up the hill from san diego must keep the veteran lotus well up amongst the field of brand new 1961 model though a competitive car the previous year by 1961 moss’s lotus 18 is hopelessly outdated up against a trio of powerful new shark nosed ferraris he isn’t expected to make the podium let alone challenge for victory but moss typically decides to prove a point to old enzo even though he was way down on power in this little lotus demonstrates what happens when an irresistible force of ferraris meets an immovable object like moss those two ferraris took turrets trying to catch him but he held them off for the whole race bringing every ounce of performance from this tiny racing car oh it’s so delicate and light and responsive the steering just takes tiny inputs and it just squirms around in your hand the engine is a one and a half liter coventry climax about 150 horsepower but this thing weighs under 450 kilograms for the race you have the side panels removed for more and the ventilation of exposure is humbling i mean i can stick my arm out look at that and look at my seat belts well you can’t look at my seat belts because there aren’t any i’m you chris just for ten minutes couldn’t be sterling boss this is my childhood fantasy on days like these chris on days like these i think i’m a bit teary and the flag falls against all the odds drove one of his greatest races through the tight streets of monaco he held them off for three hours winning the race by three seconds what a performance what a machine moss’s monaco drive wasn’t just one of the greatest of his career it was enough to make the famously stubborn enzo ferrari finally swallow his pride he invites moss to ferrari’s headquarters and lays on a reception fit for the pope i need you enzo tells moss tell me the car you want and i’ll build it for you okay says moss i’ll drive a ferrari but not a red one paint it blue like my lotus the deal is done the fastest driver on the f1 grid will drive the fastest car on the f1 grid the world championship will surely now be mosses but before sterling can make his debut for ferrari disaster strikes in early 1962 before the start of the f1 season moss is racing here at goodwood in a lotus when he has a crash right here on this corner a huge crash now i had had to stop at lost time i was passing as far as i can understand in a place that i would never consider passing under normal conditions i wasn’t dicing for the last corner of the last lap all i do know is that i went off the road in a place that i never should have gone off the impact is devastating smashing sterling’s back his skull and both legs world reactions staggered even his closest friends and admirers the burning question became would he ever drive again in a coma for a month morphy’s condition isn’t just national news it’s international news frank sinatra regularly calls the hospital to find out how the english racing driver is doing moss survived but the crash didn’t just end his season it ended his career once he’d recovered his fitness he discovered he’d lost that racing edge those whipcrack reactions and he retired immediately at the age of just 32 sterling motto’s f1 career was over and he never did get that f1 drive for ferrari so moto racing loses one of its brightest stars we salute a great driver moss would always be known as the greatest racer never to win the f1 driver’s title somehow in terms of sterling moss that doesn’t mean much he has established a new set of values in motorists and here’s the standard by which motor racing is judged he was someone that embraced commitment bravery and was modest to the end he always had my admiration and i will uh admire sterling to uh to the day i die and maybe after all moss was lucky in the 50s and 60s if you raced in f1 for five years there was a 75 chance you’d die moss managed 10 years so by rights he should have been dead twice over retirement almost certainly robbed him of the world title he so richly deserved but it meant we could enjoy the company of this brilliant man for another 60 years in our minds we shall always remember him immaculate in blue with white helmet an air of calm serenity masking an all-out ten-tenth effort and going like the hammers of hell so sterling moss wasn’t just one of our greatest racing drivers he was one of our greatest men the very best of british you

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