Acton Drives Onto First Class Stamp
Grand Prix winning car will feature on stamp
Racy new stamps feature six classic Grand Prix racing cars that were driven by champion British drivers (on British tracks) including Srirling Moss’s Vanwall car, built in Acton.
The Grand Prix 2007 were issued by Royal Mail on Tuesday 3 July.
These stamps mark two special motor sport anniversaries – the centenary of Britain’s first motor racing track at Brooklands, Surrey and the 50th anniversary of the British driver Stirling Moss winning the British Grand Prix in a British car – the 1957 Vanwall 2.5L car.
A stamp presentation pack featuring all six stamps contains an exclusive interview with Grand Prix legend Sir Stirling Moss. Many people consider Moss to be Britain’s greatest ever Grand Prix driver.
The highly successful Vanwall car was built by Vandervell Products Ltd, Western Avenue, Acton. Owner Tony Vandervell wanted to see British racing cars beating the Italians. The Vanwall name was a combination of Vandervell (company owner’s name) and Thinwall (company made Thinwall bearings for racing cars.
The first Vanwall car competed in 1954, with no victories. Car refinements improved performance and in 1956 Stirling Moss did a comparison test between the Vanwall, Connaught and BRM and decided to drive for Vanwall in 1957. Tony Brooks was signed up to drive the second Vanwall car.
In 1957 Moss became the first British driver to win the British Grand Prix in a British car.
By 1958 Vanwall won the first ever Constructors Championship as the car won six of the nine rounds of the World Championship – Moss and Brook won three races each.
Sadly at the end of 1958 the company announced that the racing team would no longer compete because of the ill health of its founder Tony Vandervell. The company then declined and the Vanwall name disappeared from motor racing until recently.
The company name was bought by an American organisation. Vanwall Cars is now based in Peterborough and it manufactures, designs and develops high performance sports racing cars for use on the road or the track.
Melanie Corfield, Royal Mail’s Head of External Relations for London & the South East said: “These stamps capture the thrill and excitement of motor racing. They will allow everyone to celebrate two special motor racing anniversaries - Stirling Moss is a sporting legend and Brooklands helped to pioneer motor racing in Britain.
“Who would have thought these stamps would also have coincided with Britain celebrating the amazing success of Hertfordshire’s Lewis Hamilton – victory in the Canadian and American Grands Prix and being the youngest ever leader of the driver’s championship.”
Stamp issues, like this one, are normally planned two years in advance.
Royal Mail is producing a Presentation Pack with exclusive interview with champion British driver Sir Stirling Moss together with profiles of the other five champions and their world beating cars.
A first day cover with insert profiles four of the Classic Grand Prix Circuits.
There is also a set of six stamp postcards and a medal cover featuring Sir Stirling Moss to accompany the Grand Prix 2007 stamp issue.
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July 4, 2007