The biggest surprise at the Motor Racing Legends Awards Dinner at the Royal Automobile Club on Wednesday 26th January was not a winner… but one of the actual trophies. The silverware presented to Alan and Jason Minshaw, for their performance in the new-for-2010 Stirling Moss Trophy series, was itself an incredible piece of motorsport history: none other than the actual trophy awarded to Stirling Moss for his first ever Grand Prix win – the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree, in the W196 Mercedes.
As Duncan Wiltshire of Motor Racing Legends explains: “Back in the autumn I mentioned to Stirling and Susie that we needed a trophy to be able to present at the end of the year. Susie disappeared into the cupboard, clattered a few pots and pans, and emerged with this magnificent testament to the silversmith’s art…”
Just one of the many awards presented to the various winners of Motor Racing Legends’ three race series (Stirling Moss Trophy, Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Pre-War Sports Car Series), the stunning silver trophy caused jaws to drop, when the 200-plus guests were told exactly what it was. And while Alan and Jason Minshaw were unable to be there on the night themselves, as they’re both away racing in South Africa, Jon Minshaw accepted the trophy on their behalf from – of course – none other than Sir Stirling himself.
The full list of winners can be found on the Motor Racing Legends website, http://www.motorracinglegends.com