The Greatest Race is an amazing story. A TRUE story. It’s the story of Sir Stirling Moss and his navigator Denis Jenkinson in Italy’s great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia. It’s the story of their record-shattering run in the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – an innovative and purpose-built racing machine. It’s the story of Sir Stirling sliding the SLR around blind mountain curves. Blasting through small villages at over 100MPH. Jumping a bridge at approximately 170 MPH – and flying 150 feet through the air! Even overtaking a twin engine airplane filming the race… TWICE.
In this race, Sir Stirling set the records for:
Highest Average Speed
Fastest Brescia to Pescara
Fastest Brescia to Rome
Fastest Cremona to Brescia (winning the Nuvolari Cup)
As well as:
Winning the Index of Performance (normally held by the smaller cars)
And becoming the only British driver ever to win the Mille Miglia
Sir Stirling Moss:
One of the most amazing parts of this story didn’t happen in 1955.
It’s happening right now. Sir Stirling Moss is collaborating with me on the book. I am sharing my research, sketches, and drafts, asking questions and sorting out conflicting information. Sir Stirling and Lady Susie have been amazingly supportive of the effort, and the product will be so much better because of it.
Mercedes-Benz is also on board, having given their permission to represent the 300 SLR and the star logo where needed – as well as providing me with incredible documents and photographs from their archives. They have given be an amazing look behind the scenes of the 1955 Mille Miglia!
Quality and Style:
The Greatest Race will be similar in style and execution to my last book The Little Red Racing Car, and will once again be printed in the USA. The Little Red Racing Car has been featured by Road&Track, MotorTrend, Octane (UK), Sports Car Digest and more. Yahoo!® Autos calls it "The Best Kids' Car Book Ever".
An epic story with a legend at the wheel is bound to have some great rewards, and that is certainly my goal for The Greatest Race. Sir Stirling has agreed to sign a limited number of books which will be beautifully enhanced with a cast metal badge on the cover. I will also be designing t-shirts, posters, stickers, and embroidered patches.
I believe that this project warrants some extra special possibility, so I’ve created two milestones that will each deliver an additional reward for EVERY SINGLE BACKER.
At $40,000 I will create a large format blueprint poster of the #722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – and include one for EVERY BACKER.
At $50,000 I will create an accompanying “illustration map” poster, with race highlights and notations indicating the location of each occurrence illustrated in the book – and include one for EVERY BACKER.
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Risks and challenges
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