Sir Stirling Moss, OBE is traveling to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to race in his recently acquired 1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder for the first time – a sister car to the one he raced in the Targa Florio. Sir Stirling has appeared at Monterey often in the past, such as his appearance with comedian Jay Leno in the Mercedes 300 SLR shown below. His return to racing after his serious fall down an elevator shaft in March is testament to his remarkable conditioning regimen. His return will be in race group 1A against an impressive list of Porsches, Listers, Lotus' and Maseratis on Aug. 13-15.
“To have Sir Stirling make his return to racing at Mazda Raceway is an honor,”
said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “It will be a wonderful treat for our fans to see him in his first drive in his newly acquired racecar, and equally so for his competitors who are in the same group.”
The Porsche racecar is similar to the RS 60 Sir Stirling raced during the 1960s, in which he nearly won the 1961 Targa Florio. This Porsche Spyder is one of 14 RS 61 racers Porsche developed for the 1961 season. It was an evolution of Porsche's Spyder series of road racers that included the 550, RSK and RS 60. The lightweight, 4-cam RS 61 was the ultimate evolution of the Spyder project that began with the legendary Porsche 550 Spyder.
The number 718-076 was built in February 1961 and delivered to Herrmann Muller of Austria. Muller was a hillclimb expert and won the 1963 European Hillclimb Championship in this RS 61 Spyder. Between 1961 and 1963, this car captured more than a dozen victories.