Credit Suisse Celebrated Two Important Anniversaries And Hosted The 7th Historic Racing Forum


May 23, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 23, 2016

Sir Stirling Moss with his race-winning Maserati 250F
Credit Suisse Celebrated Two Important Anniversaries and Hosted the 7th Historic Racing Forum at the 2016 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

  • Credit Suisse held a wide selection of media opportunities as a key sponsor of the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
  • On Friday, May 13, racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE celebrated the 60th anniversary of his 1956 Monaco Grand Prix victory and was reunited with his race-winning Maserati 250F
  • On Saturday, May 14, Sir Stirling Moss recalled his third Monaco win while posing with a Lotus 18, 55 years to the day after the famous victory
  • Large crowds gathered for the 7th Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum, discussing the theme “Manufacturers versus Privateers: The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy”
  • Panelists included Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Mass, Emanuele Pirro, Alain de Cadenet, and Ray Mallock
  • Media have been invited to submit their photographs from the weekend for the popular Credit Suisse Photo Contest
  • Media information and images can be downloaded at credit-suisse.com/classiccars/media

Credit Suisse celebrated the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (May 13-15) with a selection of memorable moments for media, competitors and spectators alike.

Credit Suisse marked 12 years of its Classic Car Program by returning to the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with its famous Drivers’ Club, now located alongside the harbor at Rascasse Corner. Throughout the weekend competing drivers and invited guests enjoyed this new location as they took the chance to relax between races.

7th Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum

As is now tradition, the doors were opened on Friday to invited media for the 7th Historic Racing Forum, where Sir Stirling Moss and the Credit Suisse ambassadors Jochen Mass and Alain de Cadenet were joined by Emanuele Pirro and Ray Mallock to discuss the differences between racing for a factory team and a privateer outfit, chaired by Forum host Henry Hope-Frost.

Former F1 driver and five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro started proceedings by explaining the financial and cultural differences between racing for works operations and privately run teams – all with his trademark Italian enthusiasm.

Three-time Monaco GP winner and British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss offered a fascinating insight into the way racing was run in the 1950s and why he relished success with low-budget squads in a range of different disciplines.

Alain de Cadenet, who built and raced his own sports prototypes, explained how he took on and mixed it with the grandee teams in the 1970s, before asking the audience if they preferred modern or historic racing – with a predictable outcome.

Veteran racer and RML team owner Ray Mallock, first-time guest of the Historic Racing Forum, brought immense knowledge to the panel, sharing tales of trying to reach Formula 1 on a shoestring, before embarking on team ownership and mastering the tricks involved in getting the most from the differing programs.

Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Jochen Mass took the audience on a journey to 1970s F1, in which he competed for front-running teams and back-of-the-grid operations.

A video of the 7th Historic Racing Forum will be available to view on the Credit Suisse media corner soon.

Sir Stirling Moss celebrating 60 years of his Monaco victory in a Maserati 250F in 1956 and 55 years since he won it in a Lotus 18 in 1961

Following the Forum the panelists stood for a photocall before the assembled media were invited to follow Sir Stirling Moss outside to the paddock, where the motorsport icon was reunited with his Monaco-winning Maserati 250F, 60 years to the day after his maiden Formula One win in the principality in 1956.

With the harbor and Credit Suisse Drivers’ Club providing a stunning backdrop, Sir Stirling recalled his famous victory in front of a spellbound audience.

“I spent three hours pushing as hard as I could, but 100 laps round here in this 250F was an absolute joy,” he told interviewer Henry Hope-Frost.

Sir Stirling later posed for photos with the Maserati and its owner, Graham Adelman, who was racing it in the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

On Saturday, May 14, Sir Stirling recalled his 1961 Monaco victory as he perched on the wheel of a Lotus 18, interviewed once again by Henry Hope-Frost, just outside the Credit Suisse Drivers’ Club. Bathed in Riviera sunshine, he recounted another famous win, and what the Lotus 18 was like to drive that day in 1961.

With the crowds jostling for the best viewing position, Sir Stirling wound back the clock to the day he trounced the three factory Sharknose Ferraris for what he feels was his greatest achievement in Formula One and explained how delighted he was to be back in Monaco to celebrate both wins on the exact date of their anniversaries.