Motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss - widely regarded as the best driver never to have won the Formula 1 World Championship - has spoken of his enthusiasm for the inaugural GPlive event at Donington Park this weekend, and his hopes that it will be the first of many.

The 77-year-old - who triumphed in 16 grands prix during his 11-year career in the top flight and on four consecutive occasions finished as runner-up in the drivers' standings - was a patron of GPlive from the early stages, and thoroughly enjoyed the three-day celebration of motor racing nostalgia.

"I think it's terrific!" he enthused to "An awful lot of work went into it, and there are so many different cars here. The weather overall has been pretty good too.

"It's a good family day out. There are a lot of kids here, including some really young children, and it's good to get them into it. There are also plenty of older folk who know who the cars were driven by and who know who I am for instance. I just think there's such an opportunity for people to see cars they can't normally see and be able to talk to drivers and mechanics in a way they can't normally do."

GPlive equally afforded the chance for drivers to renew old acquaintances, not only with their former racing machinery but also erstwhile friends and rivals. Moss spent much time reminiscing with contemporary Tony Brooks with whom he shared the 1957 British Grand Prix victory at Aintree, effectively the catalyst for British manufacturers' sustained success in the sport over the following decades.

"In the drivers' club I've met many people I haven't seen in quite a while," he said. "There's generally just a very friendly atmosphere here and that's really good to see.

"I just hope it proves successful enough and a financially viable enough proposition for them to be able to continue with it and build on it in the same way that Goodwood has been built up over the years."




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