Sir Stirling Moss OBE

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Sir Stirling MossThe best driver never to win a World Championship, Sir Stirling Moss OBE is one of the world’s greatest all-round racing drivers and a genuine living legend. Known during his career as ‘Mr Motor Racing’ he began hillclimbing a Cooper 500 in 1948 at the age of 18. His early career was meteoric and soon he was driving works cars for Jaguar and HWM. In 1955 he was signed up by Mercedes-Benz to partner World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio. That year Stirling shadowed the great Argentine in most Grands Prix, beating him to win at Aintree in the British GP. Famously, that year he won the incredible Mille Miglia with a time never bettered, the Targa Florio and the Tourist Trophy – all notoriously difficult sports car races. For four years he would finish runner-up in the World Championship and, after Mercedes-Benz withdrew from racing in 1955, led the Maserati and Vanwall teams. He also continued to drive saloon and sports cars and during his remarkable career drove more 80 different types of car. In the late 1950s and early 60s, he led the changeover to rear-engined F1 cars , achieving the first victory for such a car at the 1958 Argentine GP and was in a class of his own during this period. A near-fatal accident ended his racing career in 1962 but he remains a superstar to this day. One of the original jet-setters, he still dashes round the world fulfilling engagements and competing in historic racing.Tags:,