Sir Stirling Moss, OBE will make his return to the racing cockpit later this months at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, driving his recently acquired 1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder.
Sir Stirling will drive the car – the sister car to the RS 60 which he drove in the 1961 Targa Florio – at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion over August 13-15. It will mark his first driving appearance since his fall down a lift shaft at his home in March, having made a remarkable recovery.
“To have Sir Stirling make his return to racing at Mazda Raceway is an honour,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of the Californian track. “It will be a wonderful treat for our fans to see him in his first drive in his newly acquired race car, and equally so for his competitors who are in the same group.”
Sir Stirling's new car is one of 14 RS 61 cars produced for the 1961 season at the peak of Porsche's Spyder series of races which began with the 550 and also included the RS 60 Moss will be familiar with.
The specific car (718-076) that will run at Laguna Seca was delivered to Austrian Herrmann MÃ¼ller. In MÃ¼ller's hands the car took dozens of hillclimb wins across Europe and won the 1963 European Hillclimb Championship.
At the Reunion event Moss will pilot the car in race group A1 in a field of other Porsches as well as examples of Lotus, Maserati and Lister.