Every year since 2005, the SLR.CLUB has been represented in the field of starters for the Mille Miglia classic car race. Accorded to the SLR as the only contemporary automobile, this honour is owed to a very special link with the “most beautiful race in the world”: Stirling Moss’s legendary victory in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing car in the 1955 Mille Miglia.
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Exactly 50 years on, Sir Stirling Moss and “his” vehicle made a triumphant return to the scene of their former glory. At the technical inspection at 2 p.m. on 19 May 2005, he signed the car on the top left-hand side of its bonnet: “We did it together, my thanks and affection.
Ciao, Stirling Moss.” After a much-celebrated lap of honour through Brescia, he handed over the controls to ex-racing driver Jochen Mass, who piloted the 300 SLR “722” over the 1000 miles of its final outing before its well-earned retirement to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Inspired by this highly emotive event, a customer initiative led to the creation of a specially individualised version: the result was an even sportier SLR, the SLR 722 Edition, a tribute to an immortal racing icon, with production limited to just 150 units.