Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness

Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness. He became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree.

Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness

Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness. He became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree.

Moss famously lost out on the F1 title in 1958 to compatriot Mike Hawthorn after vouching for his rival and preventing him being disqualified when he was accused of reversing on track in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix.

Four times a runner-up in the F1 drivers’ championship, he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1961 and was knighted in 2000.

Together with his fine F1 career, Moss was regarded as a motor-racing all-rounder and racked up a total of 212 victories in all competitions.

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He was an outstanding rally driver and in 1955 set a new course record in winning the famous Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race around Italy.

Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.

However, he continued to race in historic cars and legends events until the age of 81.

Moss is survived by his third wife, Susie, their son Elliot, and daughter Allison from an earlier marriage.

The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) said “no-one could have been prouder” to be part of the organisation than Moss, who was its longest-serving member.

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“In the history of motor racing, not just in his home country but also wherever he raced around the world, Sir Stirling held a unique status, which continued throughout his life, long after he retired from his front line racing career,” said the BRDC.

Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness
Moss adjusts the helmet of his friend and 1958 title rival Mike Hawthorn
Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness
Moss pictured with fellow British driver Peter Collins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956. The pair came home in second place overall, one of two runners-up finishes for Moss in 10 attempts at the famous endurance race
Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness
Moss claimed victory at the 1955 British GP at Aintree after a race-long battle with Mercedes team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio

“He was universally recognised, following the retirement of the great Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958, as the racing driver who set the standards by which all other drivers were judged, whether in Formula 1 or international sports car racing.

“His versatility and competitive instincts made him a formidable competitor in any race.”

BBC

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