Fans of Sir Stirling Moss will be excited to learn that another of the race ace’s historic cars has been unveiled as part of a display dedicated to the motor racing legend. News broke recently that the 1957 British Grand Prix-winning Vanwall will be on show, and it’s now expected to be joined by the BRM that Moss heroically attempted to push-start during the 1959 French Grand Prix at Reims.
Tony Brooks was forced to retire from the British Grand Prix after falling ill, allowing Moss to take his car to an historic victory. However, the tables had turned by the time the pair reached Reims two years later. Brooks, now driving for Ferrari, stormed into an early lead and dominated the entire race, taking the chequered flag in his Ferrari D246. Moss, on the other hand, was at BRM and, despite qualifying in fourth position, his car later suffered from a failing gearbox that took him out of contention.
Despite a determined fight in which Moss clocked the fastest lap of the race – 2 mins 22.8 secs – his BRM P25 eventually spun, forcing him to get out of the car to attempt a jump start – a manoeuvre for which he was later disqualified.
Track conditions deteriorated during the race, with the surface breaking up at the Thillois hairpin. Masten Gregory suffered a cut face from a flying stone, while the debris also caused a number of other cars to retire due to damage.
There was high drama elsewhere during the race when a frustrated Jean Behra, a recent addition to the team, lost his temper with Ferrari team manager Romolo Tavoni, punching the Italian and in the process losing his job.
The BRM P25 will be on show at Alexandra Palace for the duration of the show, offering visitors a rare opportunity to get up close to a car that most will only recognise from the iconic images of Moss in 1959.