|Stirling Moss in the rainy practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in 1955, in the all-conquering|
Mercedes-Benz W 196. He came second to team leader Juan Fangio in a dry race.
I thought I'd seen about all the old film there was to see of Old Spa (make that Old Old Spa) on YouTube, but no. This one is excellent. It runs 30 minutes. It alternately made me smile, and gape, and gasp, and cringe. And then smile and gape and gasp and cringe again.
Thanks to Stirling Moss's website for the link.
Around 1955 Spa was locked in combat with Reims to be "the fastest real road course in the world."(Monza was excluded because it was a closed circuit.) And so it was around this time that Stavelot was changed from a hairpin bend near the town to a banked sweeper that bypassed it. "New Stavelot" is prominent in the film, along with the still-used Eau Rouge-Raidillon complex. (New New Stavelot is the right-hander on the modern infield segment just before it rejoins the old course on the run up to Blanchimont.)
For still pix of Old Spa in 2010, here's a link to a previous post on this blog: