Grand Prix Gold: Monaco 1961

Grand Prix Gold: Monaco 1961

Autosport relives the great races of the past. Stirling Moss (Lotus) wins Grand Prix of Monaco against full might of Sefac Ferrari, Porsche and Cooper-Climax – Richie Ginther's magnificent drive

Thrilling over 120,000 spectators and millions of television viewers, Stirling Moss in Rob Walker's Lotus-Climax fought off three Ferraris and the Porsche team to win the 19th Grand Prix of Monaco at the record-breaking speed of 70.77mph. His was a miracle drive; Richie Ginther, Phil Hill, Jo Bonnier and Wolfgang von Trips did their lot trying to catch the wiry, white-helmeted figure in the dark blue 1960-type Lotus, who firmly believed it hadn't a hope of winning the first of the season's grandes epreuves. How wrong he was.

There is nothing quite like the Monte Carlo race. As the hour of the depart drew near, thousands of spectators crowded from windows and from every possible vantage point. The harbour was gay with craft dressed for the occasion, and, from the decks of an American frigate, scores of white-clad sailors had their own grandstand.

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