1960 12 Hours of Sebring – Race Profile Page Five
As was the tradition at Sebring on race day Alec Ulmann conducted the driver’s meeting and then gave a brief welcome speech to all. This was followed by the command, “Drivers to your stations.” Drivers then walked to their spot opposite their car on the starting grid to await the signal for the Le Mans style start.
As they headed to their start positions the Corvette drivers broke off from the pack and headed for the first five positions on the grid followed by the Ferrari drivers. Cars were placed on the grid according to engine size and the 4.7-liter Corvettes were gridded ahead of everyone else since qualifying for a race was not used back then. Next came the 3-liter Ferraris and then the 3-liter Austin-Healey 3000’s. The fastest driver of them all, Stirling Moss, was 21st on the grid with his 2.9 liter Camoradi Maserati Tipo 61.
The tension in the pits began to build and almost became palpable as stewards began to clear spectators from the pit area and teams began to get their people behind the pit wall. Stewards were also trying to keep overeager press photographers from going out onto the course to get that “money shot” of the start of the race. For a steward this can onerous duty as race fans and press protest that they should be allowed closer to the track than is deemed safe. However, one steward took great delight in shepherding two very attractive females off the grid and into the paddock. Both young ladies were wearing bikini tops and tight shorts and a gaggle of photographers seemed more interested in them than the start of the race. Unlike today’s promo girls these young ladies did not have any advertising logos emblazoned on their attire so I can only assume they were promoting themselves.