R. I. P. Sir Stirling Moss 1929 - 2020

Johnny Carwash

Champion Elect
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R.I.P.
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F1Brits_90

Race Winner
such sad news to hear about stirling moss this morning, he will be a big loss to the racing world, a gentleman, im sure ive heard Fangio called him his greatest/toughest rival, an absolute warrior to think he made a full recovery from falling down that liftshaft as a 80yr old is incredible something a person a 1/3rd of his age would struggled & for me easily greatest F1 driver never to be world champion,

but then the reason we talk about that his that moss gentleman ways helping hawthorn to his eventual detrement
 

Major Eazy

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I only found out just now on BBC News website, cider_and_toast beat me by posting 22 minutes (at time of my writing) before I could get to start a thread.

So sorry you passed away.

Also so sorry you had ill health, and so sorry you passed away, but at latest, it wasn't to do with that virus.

Sorry you won't find out if Lewis Hamilton could win his 7th, but at latest, you pass away knowing a British driver had won 6 titles.

May your spirits travel around the world, hang around other Formula One tracks, and you get to meet the spirits of all other past racing legends, including Senna and the likes.

RIP Sir Stirling Moss.
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
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Stirling Moss came from a car racing world which started up with low cost cars with 500 cc motor bike engines, the major chassis were Cooper and Kieft. The cars were transported on open trailers, there was a Kieft on our road for a short time which got envious inspection by us children.

The name Stirling Moss was well known in his Cooper and it was not long before he advanced to other vehicles. He was successful at all those which he took part in and as happened in those days that would be just about every race at the meeting.

The first time that I saw him was a wet day in August 1961 at the Nurburgring Ring for the German GP. There had been a change in engine specifications, Ferrari just happened to have an existing engine which pretty we fitted bill so were dominant. We had high hopes as Moss had won in Monaco driving a Lotus owned by Rob Walker; the Ferraris had a chassis which was poor compared to the Lotus. There was a shower just before the start so Moss was put onto wet tyres which turned out to be a race winning decision as he stayed on the same ones to the end, although they were pretty well shot when there was more rain towards the finish. . This lead to a tense final lap, the only information was the German commentary and the tower showing the position of the cars at various places on the lap. But Moss held on to win fairly comfortable in the end.

Moss continued in his racing career until he had a serious accident at Goodwood in April 1962, he was in a coma for a month. He later said that it was the only crash he had where he did not manage to turn the car round.

We concentrate on here on F1 but where Moss really excelled was sports cars. He seemed to have an affinity with them and seemed as though he was a part of the car.

He must be the only driver to give away the WDC as it would not have been fair to win it.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
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When I was a young lad I was given a book for my Birthday called "Adventure stories for boys"

What made this book interesting was that it was a mixture of true stories written by people who were there and fictional stories.

One that I read, repeatedly was written by a man called Denis Jenkinson, a journalist who'd been asked to partner a driver called Stirling Moss in an attempt to win the Millie Miglia for Mercedes.

I knew of Moss and Jenkinson's exploits long before I'd started watching F1.
 
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