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Motoring Magic British Racing Greats 30 June 2008

Renowned motor racing artist, Peter Hearsey has illustrated a superb set of stamps celebrating the racing careers of the greatest names in British motor racing history ‘Motoring Magic - British Racing Greats’, to be issued by Isle of Man Post Office.

The resurgence of British motor racing in the early post-war years owed much to the establishment of the Goodwood and Silverstone circuits, both celebrating their 60th anniversaries in 2008. With driver and engineering talent coming rapidly to the fore, World Drivers and Constructors Championships would follow in Formula 1, Le Mans victories gained and even the bastion of the Indy 500 stormed by British Cars and drivers. By the time British Racing Green was supplanted by sponsor’s liveries in 1968, the foundations of one of the UK’s most successful industries had been well and truly laid.

The Stamps

20p value - Resuming his interrupted racing career, Reg Parnell entered the first Goodwood meeting in1948 taking victory in the Goodwood Trophy Race in his 4CLT Maserati and a trio of wins in the 1949 Easter Monday Meeting. Later, he joined the Alfa Romeo Works Team for the 1950 British Grand Prix and drove the ‘Thinwall Special’ to victory.

30p value - Britain’s first Formula 1 Champion Mike Hawthorn sprung to fame at the 1952 Easter Monday Goodwood meeting. The newcomer stormed to two wins in the Cooper Bristol, which would presage a career that culminated in the 1958 World Championship in a Ferrari Dino 246, together with Ivor Bueb for Jaguar at the tragic 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours.

70p value - Immensely skilful, Tony Brooks won only his second single-seater race, the Syracuse Grand Prix in a Connaught. Signing for Vanwall in 1957, he shared victory with Stirling Moss in the British GP, adding wins at Spa, the Nurburgring and Monza the following year. Joining Ferrari in 1959, he posted further wins.

81p value - Roy Salvadori will be forever associated with the successful Works Aston Martin team, his 1959 Le Mans Victory in the DBRI with Carroll Shelby and winning the World Sports Car Championship. An equally accomplished Grand Prix driver, he raced with Connaught, Copper, Asston Martin and Bowmaker Lola.

94p value – Unquestionably Britain’s most famous driver, Stirling Moss, was arguably the most versatile with victories in every discipline from Formula 1 to rallying and Works drives for HWM, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall and BRP and private entrant Rob Walker. His sports car performances included no fewer than seven RAC TT wins.

£1.22 value – The 1963 Grand Prix season saw the unstoppable combination of Jim Clark, the Lotus-Climax 25 R4 and the engineering genius of Colin Chapman taking seven wins from ten starts to annexe both the World Drivers and Constructors Championships for the Norfolk marque. Jim became known as one of the all-time great drivers.

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