Continuing the transport theme of recent years, Royal Mail will issue six stamps showing classic Grand Prix racing cars that were driven by champion British Drivers. The stamps are issued to mark the centenary of the race track at Brooklands and the 50th anniversary of the British driver Stirling Moss winning the British Grand Prix in a British Car. At the end of the week in which the stamps are issued, the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix will take place at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire on 8 July.
1st (34p)Graham Hill - BRM - 1st (34p)Stirling Moss - Vanwall - 54p Jackie Stewart - Tyrrell
54p Jim Clark - Lotus - 78p James Hunt - McLaren - 78p Nigel Mansell - Williams
[Links above are to Wikipedia: other linked sites can be found there]
Sir Stirling Moss
A versatile driver who also competed and won in Formula 2 and 3 as well as rallying, sports and touring cars. Of 366 races he finished he won 222. Won the British Racing Drivers Club Gold star ten times.
The only driver to win the "Triple Crown" of the Indianapolis 500, the 24 hours Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix, Hill was originally a mechanic for Team Lotus. Convincing Lotus he was the man for the job he made his racing debut at the age of 29. He was killed in a plane crash in 1975. Hill was also a helicopter pilot, a role he also played in the 1974 film adaptation of Alistair Maclean's Caravan to Vaccares.
Three time World Champion Stewart, was also responsible for many improvements in motor racing safety at a time when drivers were frequently injured or even killed.
By the time Jim Clark was killed, when his car crashed in a race at Hockenheim Germany, he had won 25 Grand Prixs, the Indy 500 in the United States and been world champion twice. He was only 32 years old when he died.
Despite earning a reputation as "Hunt the Shunt" in Formula 3 and 2, James Hunt cut his Formula 1 teeth driving for the privately funded Hesketh team before taking over from Emerson Fittipaldi at McClaren in 1976. Seven exciting and controversial wins that season clinched the title from Niki Lauda by one point.
The stamps are designed by True North using photography by James Callaghan. Size 41x30mm, the stamps are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing in sheets of 25/50. All images except Norvic FDCs are Copyright Royal Mail 2006/07, reproduced with kind permission.
Our exclusive limited edition FDC for this issue celebrates the 2007
British Grand Prix at Silverstone and is illustrated with a circuit map
and the current Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton in the
McLaren Mercedes. Available with postmarks M10568 or M10570 - price
£8.95 each - (M10568 now sold out)
In addition to the McLaren cover we also have some with a pre-war illustration of a car in British Racing Green leaving the pits. This cover is cancelled with Silverstone postmark M10568 and is also priced at £8.95
All prices exclude postage & packing. To order, please visit our online shop.
Set of 6 mint
Set of 6 on Royal Mail fdc
Set of 6 stamp cards
Presentation Pack (See right --> )
To order, please visit our online shop - a selection of covers is available.
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here. These are not to scale - L10580 should be the same size as M10569, for instance. These cannot be obtained after 3 July and must be ordered from us by 30 June.
| Ref FD727
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD728
Silverstone, Towcester, Official Postmark
| Ref FD728NP
Silverstone Towcester, Official non-pictorial postmark
| Ref L10560
| Ref M10565
Let Yourself Innovate, Silverstone, Northampton
| Ref M10566
100 Years of Grand Prix The Vintage Sports-Car Club GP100 Donnington Park, Derby
| Ref L10559
Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, London N1
| Ref L10558
Silverstone Close, Redhill, Surrey
| Ref M10568
Silverstone, Towcester, Northants
| Ref M10570
Grand Prix, Silverstone, Towcester
| Ref M10567
Probably the best remembered father & son in motor racing history, Silverstone, Towcester
| Ref M10564
Nigel Mansell, the Grand Prix World Champion 1992, Silverstone, Northants
| Ref M10569
Grand Prix Motor Racing, Silverstone, Towcester
| Ref M10571
Grand Prix, Silverstone, Towcester
| Ref M10572
Grand Prix Motor Racing, Castle Donnington, Derby
| Ref L10557
A rolling stone gathers no MOSS, Brands Hatch, Kent
| Ref L10580
Grand Prix Motor Racing, Brooklands Road, Weybridge
| Ref M10585
Mansell Close, Halesowen
| Ref M10586
Subaru Impreza Drivers' Club Silverstone Towcester
|Ref N10588 50th Anniv Stirling Moss British Grand Prix Triumph in a British Car, Aintree Liverpool|
This page updated 22 November 2007
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