Sir Stirling & The OSCA
50 years ago, Sir Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd won the
Sebring 12 Hours in the one and a half litre OSCA MT4.
little car didn’t even break into the top ten until the fifth
hour, and finally took the lead in the twelfth, when Piero Taruffi’s
Lancia engine expired. Despite fading brakes, Moss hung on to the
lead, and was victorious by five laps over another of the Lancias.
OSCAs were also fourth, fifth and eighth. Moss and Lloyd also won
the Index of Performance, and completed the 12 hours at an average
speed of 72.8 mph.
Both Moss and
the OSCA will be present at Sebring next month, Sir Stirling to
be inducted into the Sebring Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame on Friday,
March 19, while the OSCA will be on display in the Gallery of Legends
display in the paddock, courtesy of the Collier Museum in Naples,
Florida. Its 1.5 litre engine remains the smallest displacement
powerplant ever to win at Sebring.
include Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby, Bobby Rahal, Bob and Al
Holbert and race official Ford Heacock, Sr.