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Posted 06 November 2016 - 04:13 PM

Here's Stirling Moss's at the 1956 Italian GP in his one of a kind Offset Maserati 250F.
 
In the final stages of the race it seemed to have settled down, with Stirling in the lead. But with five laps to go, Moss ran out of fuel. As he was coasting to a stop, his Maserati team mate Luigi Piotti slowed down and used his car to push Moss's 250F to the pits. Moss had lost the lead to Musso, but with three laps to go the Lancia-Ferrari driver suffered a broken steering arm as the car came off the final banking and he came to an unseemly stop opposite the pits.
 
Moss was ahead again and he won the race by six seconds. But with Fangio in second place the World Championship went to the Argentine driver for the third consecutive year. Apparently it seems as if stirling was always running out of fuel at the end of races.
 
Here's my rendition of that famous car, complete with the muck and grime that get's picked up on the "Banks of Monza".

The body is one of Dave Jone's magnificent creations, with several modifications, as is my modus operandi. Credits where credit is due: Wheels by the master, Mr Seager Thomas, Driver is a Protoslot body, with Marc's Immense Minatures Stirling Moss head,  and chassis by Richard Mack.

 

Here's Stirling on the home stretch, pleased as punch at the end of the 1956 Italian Grand Prix, replenish with fuel (what ever it was in 1956) on his way to a well deserved win. Take that you nasty little Lancia Ferrari's.

 
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On the home stretch, Sir Stirling pleased as punch at the end of the 1956 Italian Grand Prix, replenished with fuel
(what ever it was in 1956) on his way to a well deserved win. Take that you nasty little Lancia Ferrari's.
 
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The numbers are not quite right, but since they were painted on in some kind of removable paint, 
and each set of numbers was different.....
 
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The other side, showing the twin pipes used during the race.
 
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Yes it's splashed with dirty stuff, approximating the grime accumulated by the real thing by the end of a grueling race.
 
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No overalls in those days, or fire suits, just a pair of cotton pants and a basic white T-shirt. (it was hot).
 
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A very narrow track in those days, but a short wheel-base for such a large car, same as a lotus 25.
 
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One final look showing Peter Seager Thomas's most excellent 16" wheels.

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