The first race outing for Sir Stirling Moss in his own, just-restored OSCA will be the Woodcote Trophy at Spa on September 26-28th. Moss bought the OSCA FS372 two years ago and had the car restored by Hall & Hall.
“Stirling wanted his first race in the OSCA to be a round of the Woodcote Trophy, and Spa is next on the calendar,” explains Rick Hall, a partner in the historic restoration business Hall & Hall, which Moss has chosen to prepare his racing OSCA.
“He’s given the car a shakedown test at Mallory, and he’s delighted with it. Sir Stirling bought the car about two years ago but it was a box of bits at the time, so it took us until six weeks ago to finish the full restoration. Stirling has always wanted an OSCA, since he won the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours in one, and this is a very special example. He’s also managed to buy the only desmodromic head ever made for the OSCA, from Alfieri Maserati – which makes this car even more unusual.”
However, one major decision still remains – and it’s one on which Sir Stirling and Rick Hall can’t agree. “He wants it painted green,” laughed Rick, “and we think it should be red, so it will race unpainted at Spa.”
The Spa round of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, organised by Motor Racing Legends, will run at the Spa Six-Hours Meeting, 26-28 September 2008.
For a full list of entries in Motor Racing Legends’ three races at Spa (BRDC Historic Sportscars, Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sports Cars), see www.motorracinglegends.com.