Chichester, West Sussex, ENGLAND — His skill behind the wheel was unquestionable and his kindness and sportsmanship abundantly clear, so it’s entirely fitting that Goodwood will permanently rename its Kinrara Trophy for Sir Stirling Moss, who died April 12. Goodwood’s Sept. 17 announcement came on what would have been the beloved racer’s 91st birthday.
The Kinrara Trophy, often described as the most beautiful motor race in the world, is a two-driver race for GT cars that competed before 1963. A highlight of Goodwood Revival since it was introduced in 2016, the contest features race cars battling it out on track as the sun sets on the Revival’s Friday evening. Regular entrants include the Aston Martin DB4 GT and the Ferrari 250 SWB, both of which Sir Stirling raced and won with at Goodwood during the circuit’s heyday.
“Stirling and I always received such a warm welcome at Goodwood from the family and the fans,” Lady Susie Moss said. “He would have been touched to be remembered with a race in his name. In fact, he’d probably be raring to have a go at it himself.”
With no Revival in 2020, the first Stirling Moss Revival Trophy will take place Oct. 17 during Goodwood SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard, preceded by an on-track celebration of Moss’ career. The Duke of Richmond will be joined by Lady Susie in the famous Rob Walker Racing Ferrari 250 GT SWB that Stirling piloted to victory in the 1960 Tourist Trophy.
“Stirling Moss was known as ‘Mr Goodwood’,” said the Duke of Richmond. “More than anything, though, he was our friend and played a huge part in our history. We miss him terribly and felt there could be no better way of recognizing this than by naming a race in his honor.”
All activities of the Oct. 16-18 Goodwood SpeedWeek will be available in a free livestream on the Goodwood Road & Racing website.