Films: Sir Stirling Moss and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 are Unbeatable

Sir Stirling Moss and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 are Unbeatable

Few triumphs have inspired drivers like Sir Stirling Moss’ victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Then just 25 years old, driver Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson roared through 992 miles of Italian countryside in just 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds. Average speed? 98.53 miles per hour.

Here, Moss tells the story of his victory in his own words.

“Once the flag fell, I went flat out,” said Moss. “Obviously, when I’d see a car I caught up with, I really felt great about it, but I had no idea of the enormity of what it meant to myself because it’s really—it’s quite the thing to have on your CV.”

Finishing ahead of the then-two times Grand Prix World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, Moss’ achievement has long since been labeled “The greatest race”—a title that probably won’t be applied to any other motorsport event ever again. The 1955 Mille Miglia had it all: incredible drivers, now-iconic machines like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722, and a harrowing course that was dangerous beyond belief.

How dangerous? Moss said he had to wiggle the car from left to right on the road so that spectators would take a few steps back as he flew through the often small Italian towns along the route.

“Oh, I’m certain it’s my greatest win,” said Moss. “I can’t think of any other car in the world that would have given me the opportunity to achieve the speeds we did.”

Called SLR for Sport Leicht-Rennen (“Sport Light-Racing” in English) the 300 SLR was the world’s most advanced race car of its time: direct fuel-injected straight-8 engine, roughly 310 horsepower, and a top speed of around 180 mph (290 km/h).

“The 722 is a really strong car…” said Moss. “The fact the car’s really old doesn’t matter—that car, the way it is now, I reckon we’d beat any other cars, anyway!”

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Gorp
Gorp

Art. After 10 viewings, still moves one

Jose Pinheiro
Jose Pinheiro

In one word: Superb.
The benchmark keeps rising, since the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO film.
This is even better.
Thank you and keep on the great work.

Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith

Both an awesome car and drive; well done Stirling and Mercedes.

Gonçalo Carita
Gonçalo Carita

What a great video, amazing.
You guys on Petrolicious make such amazing pieces of art. Congratulations and Thank You (all of you) for making these.

Todd Mushaw
Todd Mushaw

Amazing film. Would you mind talking about some of the equipment used in creating “Unbeaten” such as camera, lenses etc.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Wow!

Great to hear from Quick Vic, Redman, Haywood, Mass, et. al.

And to see Jenks in the passenger seat… what a ride.

What a beautiful machine. Handmade, baby.

Thanks for sharing.

Felix Mockel
Felix Mockel

What a great video!! The most emotional one of all!! Simply amazing.. Thanks Petrolicious

Dennis White
Dennis White

7th or 8th viewing, and Brian Redman’s mellifluous summation of the apex of Sir Stirling’s career is comparable to Alistair Cooke expounding on the glorious history of the British Empire! Eloquent!

Redvers Arnold
Redvers Arnold

Really wonderful film, beautifully shot. Well done.

Stephen Stuart
Stephen Stuart

Wonderful video… thanks so much for making this available through Petrolicious…

Jim Goodlett
Jim Goodlett

Without equivocation, one of the greatest film shorts done for the motoring enthusiast…from the capture of rapturous light, to the orchestral sounds emanating from the tail pipes, to a simply gorgeous piece of story telling, to quite simply top shelf camera angles, this is what film making is about…top shelf, lads and lasses! Thanks for the share!

Ray Jay
Ray Jay

Aces

Angelo
Angelo

Great Sir Stirling Moss. However listening to J. Mass talking about driving, well this is a very bad joke…

geelongvic
geelongvic

Truly delightful video, the Petrolicious production values continue to climb in quality and in the pleasures they give. Thanks!

Clayton Merchant
Clayton Merchant

Fantastic piece, both the video and the car. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this was the greatest era in motorsports, bar none. These drivers were near superhuman and the innocence of the fans tragically unbelievable. I’m just grateful that some of these guys are still around to recount those incredible days. Many of them lost their lives at the altar of speed with little regard for their own safety.

Thanks to Sir Sterling and to you Petrolicious. Well done.

John Dingivan
John Dingivan

Great video, we saw 722 at Amelia Island this year. It was one of many great cars that Sterling Moss drove. Great job with all your videos, keep up the good work!

Dennis White
Dennis White

OK smart guys, so you did top last week’s! I’d challenge again but I guess there’s no ceiling. A truly soulful video about one of the greatest moments in motor sports history. Made my week again! Thanks so much.

Mikk Alvar Olle
Mikk Alvar Olle

Gents, you manage to give each and every one of your video pieces a soul. A down to earth, sincere human perspective, that describes a man’s passion for the very essence of motoring. Thank you.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Awesome, having Sir Stirling and 722 is amazing in its own right but to add the views of other legends Elford, Redman and Mass was exceptional.

Riccardo
Riccardo

Wow, top marks for production Petrolicious, and for historical importance, what a stunning video, thanks!

Steve Long
Steve Long

Brilliant video, the sound of that straight-8 from startup through the rev range is beautiful

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem

Everybody sums it up, you have done it. Not won the Mille Miglia, but beaten your previous videos by a mile! Kudos!

Scott Allen
Scott Allen

As good as vintage gets!
Please make the videos longer…we are not the normal internet crowd that can’t handle anything over 6 mins.
at the very least….maybe create a link to out-takes, so we can enjoy more content, more history, more metal.

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

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No, can’t think of any.

Pietro Lo Fria
Pietro Lo Fria

Bravo!

David
David

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Petrolicious. It’s your high production, and quality videos like this that you produce all of the time as to why I frequent this site everyday. Well done!!

Todd Torabi
Todd Torabi

Bravo!

Nick Ayrton
Nick Ayrton

Thank you for such an historic video. Probably the best video about the 722 ever seen.
Thank you Sir, and everyone.
Nick.

Dennis Cavallino
Dennis Cavallino

The best footage ever seen on this car. You guys did an outstanding job!

Darren Gerlach
Darren Gerlach

Thankyou. Just thankyou. I cried. 722 and Sir Stirling Moss are incredible.

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