What exactly is the Stirling Moss award?
The trophy was donated to the New England Region for the 1968 season. It is Moss’ physical trophy from the 1956 German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. This historic trophy has been awarded each year to the New England Region top Solo driver. Through the years the method of determining the winner has changed but the honor of being the recipient has never diminished.
How is the trophy awarded?
In the 1970s NER combined National classes and bumped drivers to achieve minimum participation levels. In 1973 and 1974, two drivers tied in points and both were awarded the trophy. In 1976, two drivers again tied and the first run off was held. It was scored based on three runs at the end of the last event. The trophy was presented to the driver who had the greatest improvement over his fastest time during regular runs. This continued through 1982.
In the early 1980s the NER program had grown to National recognition and it was no longer appropriate to consolidate National classes. All class winners should be eligible to win the Stirling Moss Trophy. A run off was held annually, and the winner was the competitor who had the smallest standard deviation from his fastest regular run during the event.
In 1991, the format was again changed to include rankings of drivers from events during the series.
Several different formulas have been used in the half-century that the trophy has been awarded. Although the method used to determine the Top Solo Driver in NER has evolved, and at times been controversial, there was never a question whether the final recipient deserved the award.