The history of Formula One is filled with fascinating rivalries between the
great drivers, but one of the most enduring is that between Stirling Moss
and Juan Manuel Fangio. During the late 1950s, these two giants dominated
Grand Prix racing with an intense rivalry, but one founded on mutual respect
In three exceptional films from the BP Video Library, we witness for ourselves
this extraordinary battle between a man who would claim five World Championships
and a man who would be cruelly denied that accolade. The fact the pair finished
first and second in the Formula One World Championship in each of the years
featured on this DVD demonstrates just how complete their domination of this era was.
The first archive film focuses on the 1955 British Grand Prix from Aintree.
The colour footage recalls the incredible showdown between the Mercedes-Benz
W196 cars of Moss and Fangio, a race which would see the rivals swapping the
lead as the laps counted down. Ultimately, Moss would emerge victorious to
become the first British driver to win the British Grand Prix.
The next film shows exceptional highlights from the 1956 season, with Fangio
now at Ferrari and Moss with Maserati. We are treated to black-and-white footage
from seven races, from Argentina, Monaco, Belgium, France, Britain, Germany and
Italy, and some truly thrilling racing. Once again, Moss and Fangio dominate,
but the likes of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins are waiting in the wings to
make their mark.
The action then moves to 1957, and back to Aintree for the British GP, also known
as the Grand Prix d'Europe. Fangio struggles with his Maserati, leaving the way
clear for Moss, now with Vanwall, to stamp his authority on the race. Hit by
mechanical problems, the Briton drops to ninth - and his drive back through
the field for an unlikely victory shows just why motorsport fans regard Moss
as the greatest driver never to be Formula One World Champion.
"Among several films from the 1955-57 GP seasons, an obvious highlight is the
colour footage of Fangio and Moss vying at Aintree in '55. But the Tribute to
Fangio bonus feature is a surprise treat, for the chance to see the maestro on
the '53 Mille Miglia, and to travel on board as he tests his 250F" Octane.