Happy Birthday to a Legend

Sir Stirling Moss Turns 87

Sep 17th, 2016

Sir Stirling Moss OBE is arguably the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and a true icon of the motor racing world. Throughout his career he was known as ‘Mr Motor Racing’ and he became a professional driver in 1948, at the age of 18, racing a Cooper 500. From 1948 to '62, Moss entered 527 races, finished 375, and won 212, including 16 Formula 1 events. Based in Mayfair, London, Sir Stirling Moss will celebrate his 87th birthday on Friday. Here’s a bit more about the motorsport legend and Caracalla collaborator…

The Englishman was born in London on 17 September 1929 and raised in Berkshire. Moss’s first encounter behind the wheel of a motorcar came on the family’s farm when he was six years old, and he obtained his driving licence at the age of 15 thanks to a special permit. By then, he had decided he wanted to become a professional racing driver, and not a dentist like his father, which was the family expected.

Stirling Moss at Chelsea AutoLegends 

With a natural affinity for adrenaline and risk, it’s no wonder Moss was able to excel in motorsport. He has famously said: "I certainly had an appreciation of the danger which to me was part of the pleasure of racing. To me now racing is – the dangers are taken away: if it's difficult, they put in a chicane. So really now the danger is minimal – which is good, because people aren't hurt. But for me the fact that I had danger on my shoulder made it much more exciting.”

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Moss won his first event in 1950 in England and went on to win scores of races, including the British Grand Prix (twice) and the Monaco Grand Prix (three times). Unfortunately following a serious accident in the 100 mile race in Goodwood in April 1962, Moss retired from racing aged 33. In total, he won 16 Grand Prix events before the accident ended his career. In fact, he could look back on his racing achievements, including 222 victories in 495 races in which he took part in no less than 84 different car models. Moss was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and was knighted in 2000.

We wish Sir Stirling a fantastic birthday celebration.

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