It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Stirling Moss over the Easter weekend. He died on 12 April 2020 in Mayfair, London, England at the age of 90 following a long illness, with his wife, Lady Susie Moss by his side.
An inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, Moss won 212 major international races across several categories of competition. It has been said before, but frankly you cannot overemphasise the fact that he was “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.” He finished second in the FIA Formula One World Championship for four consecutive years between 1955-1958, finishing third in the following three years 1959-1961.
Where it all began
Stirling Craufurd Moss was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK, on 17 September 1929. Moss’ father, Alfred, was a dentist and racing driver (he once raced in the Indy 500) and his mother, Aileen was a trial and rally driver. His sister, Pat Moss, was a successful show jumper and rally driver, being the only woman ever to have won the Liege-Rome-Liege outright. Having been born into such a sporting family, it was a forgone conclusion that the young Stirling would make his way in motorsport too.
Stirling Moss made his competition debut in 1947 at the tender age of just 18 years, and the following year did a full season in Formula 3. In 1949, he made his international racing debut in Formula 3, competing in races all over Europe and scoring five wins that year. The 1950 season saw him competing in over fifty events, including his first ‘works’ team drive for HWM. He took part in Grands Prix in Paris, Rome, Berne, Bari, Naples, notching up 18 race wins in all, including the RAC Tourist Trophy in a Jaguar XK120, while still just 21 years of age! In 1952, he finished second in Monte Carlo on his international rallying debut, and then followed this up with a class win on the Alpine Rally.
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