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Helmut Zwickl

Helmut Zwickl reported on over 560 Formula 1 Grand Prix.

He drove to Monaco with Jochen Rindt, around the Nürburgring with Fangio and flew to Longbeach in a private jet with Niki Lauda.

He wrote 16 books about motorsport and founded the Ennstal-Classic in 1993 together with Michael Glöckner.

The best all-round racing driver of all time Sir Stirling Moss and his wife Lady Susie were the figureheads of the Ennstal-Classic from the beginning and a deep friendship has developed over the years. In the course of their worldwide appearances, they always had the Ennstal with them. In the FINANCIAL TIMES, Sir Stirling wrote an article entitled “My favorite drive” about his appearance in Ennstal in 2000 when he drove a Jaguar C-Type: “The Jag ran wonderfully, drifted through hundreds of cars with the rear breaking out Hairpin turns, cheered on by the local crowd with cowbells. "

And Stirling continued to write, and with every word you can feel the fire that burned in him at the time: "We drove up and down every mountain pass for twelve hours in one piece and only stopped for coffee and schnitzel." The two were so enthusiastic that Stirling afterwards called the owner of the Jaguar and bought the car. He was born in 1929 and he drove everything from Cooper-JAP to HMW, Jaguar, Austin Healey, ERA, Cooper-Alta, Connaught, Ferguson, MG, Maserati, Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche, Cooper-Climax to Vanwall, Aston Martin and Lotus. He was the only one who could challenge Fangio and defeat him in a sports car. It was a phenomenon in terms of car control and braking technology, its toughness was polished, it always drove towards victory.

He was runner-up in 1955, 56, 57 and 1958, but never world champion. From 68 Formula 1 starts, he achieved 16 wins and 16 pole positions. Between 1948 and 1962 he drove 466 races and won 194 times. Stirling was certainly the best, most universal racing driver of all time. And he was the first real professional with a manager and a private plane. Stirling Moss set a fabulous bookmark in the history of motor racing. He won the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. In 1955, Stirling Moss was 26. He was a full professional, hungry for victories, not fearing death or the devil, and when he had soaked up the infamous 1000 mile route in a sightseeing flight in Italy in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds he was the winner with an average speed of an unbelievable 157.651 km / h. A cut that has never been surpassed. He had lost 32 minutes from his teammate, Fangio.

Denis Jenkinson sat next to Moss. In 1955 a young man with a long beard who, as a passenger next to Stirling, brought with him the fearlessness that had already distinguished him as an artistic gymnast in the sidecar of his compatriot Eric Oliver, with whom he became sidecar world champion in 1949. Jenkinson had compressed the 17-page long road book notes from various training drives in the Mercedes 220, 300 SL and 300 SLR racing car onto a 10-meter-long paper roll, which he could unwind between two rolls in a metal box the size of a cigar box. Jenkinson yelled at his chauffeur an advance warning for an agreed key before dangerous passages.
Moss-Jenkinson were a well-rehearsed team and Mercedes had prepared the Mille Miglia under race director Alfred Neubauer according to a general staff plan that was unrivaled for the time.
Each start number also meant the start time on the morning of May 1, 1955. Fangio (Mercedes) had 658, Kling (Mercedes) 701, Collins (Aston Martin) 704, Maglioli (Ferrari) 705, Moss / Jenkinson 722 - this number was for the The winning car becomes a label for eternity, so to speak. Jenkinson recalled: “We weren't worried about those in front of us, but about those behind us. Castellotti started behind us in a 4.4 liter Ferrari, Marzotto in a 3.7 liter Ferrari was three minutes behind us and ultimately the most dangerous man, Taruffi, had start number 728, so he was six minutes behind us. "

On the straight to Verona, Moss turned the 290 hp 300 SLR for the first time in fifth gear up to 7,500 rpm. off, that was about 290 km / h. Nevertheless, the Castellotti Ferrari slowly but inexorably appeared more and more sharply in the rear-view mirror of the German Silver Arrow. Moss touched the straw bales in a 90 degree curve. As Castellotti passed Moss, he was grinning all over his face. But Castellotti approached the Mille Miglia in the style of a Formula 1 Grand Prix, the six-cylinder Ferrari ate its tires until they ran out ...
In Rome, Moss was already in front with 173 km / h, Taruffi the best route expert, was 1:52 minutes behind, followed by the three 300 SLRs from Herrmann, Kling and Fangio, then Maglioli and Perdisa.

Years later, Jenkinson raved about Moss: "He drove unbelievably, his car control was amazing, he could drive nine tenths for hours ..."
Years ago I asked Moss at the Ennstal Classic: "If I call you at night and say, keyword Mille Miglia 1955, what do you think of that today?"
"The Futa Pass"
How so?
“The road with all the bends is not that fast, I was inside at a wonderful rhythm, I was constantly sorting aisles, second-third-second, that ran once, I was oiled like a machine, ran in and overheated. I had everything under control and the cheering of the people carried me over the Futa. "
In the final phase, on a long straight, not far from the finish in Brescia, the SLR was ramped up to almost 300 for the last time when two points gained sharpness on the horizon. Moss: “They flew towards us like tennis balls, the points became two BMW Isettas. I had to make a decision - left or right, in the end I arrowed my way through the middle between the two cheese bells that crept in front of us. In the rearview mirror I also noticed that they were actually bouncing around like tennis balls in our turbulence ... "

When Moss drove to the hotel after crossing the finish line, he said to Jenkinson: “I am so happy that a Briton has finally won the Mille Miglia and that we have taken the old legend ad absurdum that says who is ahead in Rome has never been won. "
Jenkinson, the iconic British reporter, wrote years later: “It was the day I saw driving a car at its finest. A day that will never come back. "
Today the 722 is in the factory museum. He has had several serious accidents in his racing career, almost all of them caused by material defects: breaking wheel suspensions, wheels that log off from the chassis, locking brakes, failing steering, hanging accelerator pedals.

In 1962 he had that horrific accident in Goodwood that ended his fabulous career. The insurance company paid a huge sum. A year later, he wanted to see if he was still the same in a racing car at Goodwood. After the test drive, it became clear to him: No, I'm ending my career. Later he once said: "This test came too early, I should have waited ..." In 1980 he let himself be carried away with a racing comeback in the British Touring Car Championship on Audi. “That was a mistake,” Stirling claimed, his talent - and that's amazing - wasn't made for the front-wheel drive and slick tires.

He invested in real estate, once he revealed in an interview: “I bought the building land for my London house for 5,000 pounds. Today it is worth more than 10 million ... "
On June 9, 2011, he drove his Porsche 550 Spyder, which he had privately restored for a lot of money, in qualifying for a legendary race at Le Mans. After a few laps he stopped operating. "I scared myself" were his words.
Sir Stirling had reached its expiration date. Even that accident in his London house was ultimately due to a technical problem. Stirling wanted to get into his elevator - the door on the third floor was open - but he stepped into space, because the elevator was on the fourth floor. Stirling fell down the shaft to the ground floor. His wife Susie said at the time: "But Stirling is tough as old leather ..." And so he continued to keep his incredible schedule, with performances all over the world. In its heyday, his entry fee was £ 1,000, but the “Sir Stirling Moss” brand also had its price as an ambassador.

Today's Formula 1 has become too safe for him. “The danger” could be heard from him, “belongs to racing. My challenge was to drive to the limit of what is possible without dying. Mistakes were fatal in my day. ”Since he caught a virus in Singapore in autumn 2016, he has not been able to recover. His wife Susie is at his side. Susie, 21 years his junior, was his third wife, with whom he has their son Elliot, who was born in 1980. Susie has been the leading figure in his life over the past few decades. She traveled the world with him, they both became the most sought-after ambassadors of motor racing, she cooked, she coordinated his appointments, managed his contracts and was his navigator at the Ennstal Classic for years and she was his support as his body, which had been battered by many accidents always needed more assistance. Sir Stirling has received every award and honor there is, from the Henry Segrave Trophy to the FIA ​​Gold Medal. Michael Glöckner and I are extremely happy and grateful that we can enjoy his friendship.