UNBEATEN RECORD: Stirling Moss (right) and Denis Jenkinson behind the wheel of their Mille Miglia-winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR 'No.722'. Image: Newspress
ROME, Italy - On May 1 1955, Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia endurance race in Italy, behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – No.722. They drove for 10hrs7min48 and averaged 157km/h on public roads.
For the 2015 Mille Miglia (thousand miles in English) in Rome from May 14 - 17, Mercedes-Benz has revived No.722 in a cutting-edge, 360-degree film to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the pair's epic victory.
Moss and Jenkinson's triumph in Italy, is still recognised as one of the greatest feats in motorsport and their record remains unbeaten.
In May 2015, Moss has been reunited with the 300 SLR No.722, on the same roads on which he won his superb victory sixty years ago.
VIDEO: Stirling Moss and his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
A film, produced by Mercedes and photographers of Petrolicious, allows you to control the camera and watch from nearly any angle as Moss takes No.722 for a spin.
The film will be available for downloaded later in 2015 for iTunes (iPhone and iPad) and Google Play (Android). You could also experience it on Oculus/virtual reality devices such as the Samsung Gear VR.
Watch the video below: Scroll down to view the interactive clip
HISTORY OF THE MILLE MIGLIA
The 2015 Mille Miglia sees drivers race from Brescia to Rome and back. The original race was an open-road endurance series held in Italy from 1927 to 1957. From 1953 until 1957, the Mille Miglia was a round of the World Sports Car Championship.
The race was banned following two fatal crashes in 1957; A worn tyre resulted in crash that claimed the lives of driver Alfonso de Portago and navigator Edmund Nelson (Ferrari 335 S) as well as nine spectators. A second crash later in Brescia claimed the life of driver Joseph Gottgens (Triumph TR3).
Since 1977, the Mille Miglia has been a race for classic and vintage cars with limited participation as participants can only drive vehicles produced before 1957.
In 1955, the W 196 R racers were some of the most advanced cars in the world and won every race they finished. At a time when road cars would struggle to hit 112km/h, the W 196 R could exceed 289km/h. Today only eight examples still exist.