Sir Stirling Moss 1929 – 2020

As a young and enthusiastic child anxious to expand my automotive knowledge, history books and magazines kept highlighting this fascinating man in a variety of motorsports. Little did I know by my mid-twenties I would be having dinner with and chuckling about my stubborn bowtie with this racing icon.

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Photo: Automobile Magazine

I first had the opportunity to meet Stirling at a race in which he was the guest of honor, and I, merely a spectator. Then a few years later the 20th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrated both the victorious racing history of Sir Stirling Moss, and the 50th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz SL. Since this occasion pleasant emails have been exchanged, but I never managed an opportunity for a proper interview.

Today the world lost an inspirational man, someone who clearly pushed the limits. I am privileged to have shared pleasantries and witty banter with the man who spearheaded my interests for racing. This photo below was my only hope of ever racing against him, with me in the lead.

 

Sir Stirling Moss OBE 1929-2020