1956 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Prix – Race Profile Page Nine
The required driver’s meeting took place near the AMOCO Bridge and Alec Ulmann made his usual request for slower cars to give way to faster cars and a plea for sportsmanship all of which was almost drowned out by the sounds of the combined Lake Placid – Sebring High School marching bands. After the meeting ended some of the drivers crossed the track to take their position for the Le Mans-style start.
Whether at Sebring or Le Mans the Le Mans-style start is very interesting to watch in the few minutes before the flag drops. Drivers exhibit all manner of behavior from nervous agitation, pacing up and down, joking with fellow drivers to casual indifference. All of these were on display at Sebring in 1956.
With one minute to go it got very quiet in the pit and paddock area as everyone, especially the drivers, strained to hear the countdown from the starter. Superb athlete that he was, Stirling Moss actually got into a stance akin to a runner in the starting blocks.