Earlier this year, racing legend Sir Stirling Moss bought a 1961 Porsche RS 61 Spyder. Next weekend, he plans to take to the track with the iconic Porsche for the first time at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Eighty-year-old Moss had an unfortunate accident earlier this year when he fell down an elevator shaft at his home in London, breaking his ankles and chipping four vertebrae. One week later, he already had a good reason to smile when he acquired the 1961 RS 61 Spyder at the Amelia Island Auction held by Gooding & Company. In the five months since his accident, Moss has recovered and is waiting to test out his Porsche RS 61 Spyder.
He’ll get his chance next weekend when he brings the car to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There, Moss will compete in the group 1A class against Listers, Lotuses, and Maseratis, as well as other Porsches. This event marks his first time racing since the accident, as well as his first time racing the RS 61.
“To have Sir Stirling make his return to racing at Mazda Raceway is an honor,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and 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 race car, and equally so for his competitors who are in the same group.”
In 1961, Moss nearly clinched the Targa Florio in a 1960 Porsche RS 60 Spyder, and had been hunting one down ever since. The 1961 RS 61 he purchased in April for $1.705 million is one of only 14 RS61 Spyders developed for the 1961 motorsports season, and an evolution of Porsche’s three previous Spyder race cars — the famous 550, the RSK, and the RS 60.
Look for Sir Moss and his 1961 Porsche RS at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend as part of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion taking place August 13-15.
Source: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion