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The epic adventure of Sir Stirling Moss's record win of Italy's great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia, in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
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The Story:

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:
    Fastest Time
    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:

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".



Rewards :

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.



Milestone Rewards:

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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With a very limited number of books being signed by Sir Stirling, odds are they're going to go fast. If you've read this far – you probably have a friend or two that might be interested. Please take a moment to share this right now.

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Risks and challenges

I'm fortunate to have been down this path before. While there are always unseen circumstances in a project of this scope – I am confident that I am more equipped than ever before to make this book the very best that it can be!

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    SIGNATURE // TWO PACK:: Two hardcover copies of The Greatest Race. One signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a cast metal SIGNATURE badge on the cover. One signed by Dwight. One framable print of concept art. Two sticker sheets.

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    SIGNATURE // THREE PACK:: Three hardcover copies of The Greatest Race. One signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a cast metal SIGNATURE badge on the cover. Two signed by Dwight. One framable print of concept art. Three sticker sheets.

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    THE GREATEST RACE PACK 1: Two hardcover copies signed by Dwight Knowlton. One signed special “Sketch Edition”. One SLR blueprint poster. One framable print of concept art. One T-shirt. Two sticker sheets.

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    THE GREATEST RACE PACK: One book signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton. One signed by Dwight. One signed special “Sketch Edition”. One SLR blueprint poster. One framable print of concept art. One T-shirt. Two sticker sheets.

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    SIGNATURE // THE GREATEST RACE FOUR PACK:: Four hardcover copies of The Greatest Race. One signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a cast metal SIGNATURE badge on the cover. Three signed by Dwight. One signed special “Sketch Edition”. One SLR blueprint poster. One framable print of concept art. One T-shirt. Four sticker sheets.

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    SIGNATURE // PATRON 1: One hardcover copy of The Greatest Race, signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a metal PATRON badge on the cover. Three more copies signed by Dwight. Two special Greatest Race poster prints, and five sticker sheets. One signed, limited edition Giclee print of art from the book.

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    SIGNATURE // PATRON 2: Two hardcover copies of The Greatest Race, signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a metal PATRON badge on the cover. Three more copies signed by Dwight. Two special Greatest Race poster prints. One signed, limited edition Giclee print of art from the book. One framed original sketch from the book's development, signed with a Thank You.

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    THE SIGNATURE PATRON 3: One 18" "722 at Speed" cast bronze sculpture. Two hardcover copies of The Greatest Race, signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Dwight Knowlton and embellished with a metal PATRON badge on the cover. Three more copies signed by Dwight. Two special Greatest Race poster prints. One signed, limited edition Giclee print of art from the book. One framed original sketch from the book's development, signed with a Thank You. (Bronze will be delivered later than the rest of the package - by mid-2015).

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