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You're Going to Want this "Kids Book" About Stirling Moss For Yourself

What you're looking at is easily the best-researched children's book of all time. You're going to want this on your coffee table: it's called The Greatest Race, and it's the 100% true story of Sir Stirling Moss's 1955 win in the legendary Mille Miglia race. It's currently on Kickstarter, but it's almost definitely going to happen.

It charts the journey of Moss's famous Mercedes 300SLR, number 722 (which signifies the time in the morning when it began) around Italy, but the book goes deeper than that. Way deeper.

Just look at these notes. The author actually got in touch with Sir Stirling and not only convinced him to sign off on the book, but to discuss his memories of the race. The result is an impressively thorough and true-to-life story.

Even that wasn't enough though, because the author is determined to make this the absolute best kids book ever. He contacted the people who run the archives at Mercedes and told them what he had planned. They sent him just about everything they had on the 1955 Mille Miglia, including specs on the car and rarely seen images so his drawings can be as accurate as possible.

In other words: this drawing is legit. Moss hit a bridge at 170 mph, caught some air, and landed about 150 feet down the road, never missing a beat.

Moss's win represents the only time a Brit won the race, and cemented his legacy as one of the very best drivers of the 1950s.

The book is still in its Kickstarter phase, which means if you support it at a high enough level you can get a copy that's signed by Moss himself. Just look at the rest of these photos and you'll get an idea as to how important this book really is going to be.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's a student of motorsports history, and would've read this book 1000 times as a child.