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The last time Stirling Moss drove an Aston Martin DBR1 in anger was 54 years ago when he won the 1959 Nurburgring 1000km-race in Germany.

Aston Martin’s global centenary celebrations at this weekend’s 24 hours race gave the British racing legend another opportunity to get behind the wheel of the historic DBR1 race car that gave the company its third consecutive win at the Nurburgring.

According to Moss, though, it nearly, it nearly didn’t happen. Aston Martin was not intending to enter the race, despite the fact that they’d won the event in 1957 and 1958, in different DBR1 chassis.

Stirling Moss DBR1 3

“I was driving for Aston and they weren’t coming back to the 1000km race, and I said to David Brown, who was running the place, that this is absolutely ridiculous”.

“I said to him, David, we’ve got the best car, so why the hell aren’t we racing? If you don’t pay for it, I will, and thank god they didn’t take me up on it, because to get a car over there with a couple of mechanics would have cost over a £1000”.

Moss drove an entire lap of the Nordscleife in the DBR1 with his wife in the co-driver’s seat and placed behind the CC100 Speedster Concept – Aston’s latest work-of-art.

Stirling Moss DBR16