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Stirling Moss

Knowledge Identifier: +Stirling_Moss


Stirling Moss

Former racing driver from England add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1929.

Countries: (26%), United Kingdom (24%), Monaco (14%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, British Grand Prix, Jim Clark

Linked to: Cooper Car Company, Vanwall, Alta Car and Engineering Company, Formula One




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Stirling Moss was born in 1929 add something


Moss, who raced from 1948 to 1962, won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix add something


In addition, he finished second in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally driving a Sunbeam-Talbot 90 with co-driver John Cooper add something


In 1954, he became the first foreign driver to win the 12 Hours of Sebring, sharing the Cunningham team's 1,5-liter O.S.C.A. MT4 with American Bill Lloyd add something


Monaco Grand Prix - Between 1954 and 1961 Fangio's former Mercedes colleague, Stirling Moss, went one better, as Trintignant, who won the race again in 1958 driving a Cooper


Maserati 250F - Fangio won the 1954 Drivers' World Championship, with points gained with both Maserati and &Mercedes-Benz; Stirling Moss raced his own privately owned 250F for the full 1954 season


O.S.C.A. - The 1954 12 Hours of Sebring was won by drivers Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd in an O.S.C.A. MT4 as part of the Briggs Cunningham Team


Moss was a pioneer in the British Formula One racing scene and placed second in the Drivers' Championship four times in a row from 1955 to 1958 add something


Moss's first Formula One win was in 1955 at his home race, the British Grand Prix at Aintree add something


One of his best remembered drives was in the 1955 Mille Miglia, which he won in the record time of 10 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds, finishing almost half an hour ahead of teammate Fangio in second place add something


Alberto Ascari - His 1955 season started promisingly, the Lancia taking victories at the non-championship races in Pau and Naples, though in championship events he retired in Argentina and at Monaco, where he crashed into the harbour after missing a chicane while leading, reportedly distracted by either the crowd's reaction to Stirling Moss' retirement or the close attentions of the lapped Cesare Perdisa behind


Denis Jenkinson - His most famous competitive outing though was as navigator for Stirling Moss during the 1955 Mille Miglia; his article on this "With Moss In The Mille Miglia" is generally recognised as a classic of motor racing journalism


Fuel injection - The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, in which Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia and Pierre Levegh crashed and died in the 1955 Le Mans disaster, had an engine developed from the W196 engine


Rudolf Caracciola - The only other foreigners to win the race on the full course were Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in 1955


Maserati 250F - In 1956 Stirling Moss won the Monaco and Italian Grands Prix, both in a works car


Australian Grand Prix - The Grand Prix returned to Albert Park in 1956, Melbourne's Olympic Games year to play host to a group of visiting European teams, led by Stirling Moss and the factory Maserati racing team who brought a fleet of 250F Grand Prix cars and 300S sports racing cars


In 1957 Moss won on the longest circuit to ever hold a Grand Prix, the daunting Pescara Circuit, again demonstrating his skills at high speed, long distance driving add something


British Grand Prix - Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss won together at Aintree in 1957, and Jim Clark won at Aintree in 1962 and Brands Hatch in 1964, and Mansell won at Brands in 1986


Herbert Johnson (hatters) - Sir Stirling Moss wore a white version of the Herbert Johnson racing helmet when he won the British Grand Prix at Aintree on 20 July 1957


Herbert Johnson (hatters) - Sir Stirling Moss wore a white version of the Herbert Johnson racing helmet when he won the British Grand Prix at Aintree on 20 July 1957


In March 1958, Moss was a guest challenger on the TV panel show "What's My Line-" add something


Cameron Argetsinger - Soon the circuit was attracting some of the world's best road racers, including Stirling Moss, Jo Bonnier, Phil Hill and Dan Gurney, for the Formula Libre races, which ran from 1958 through 1960


Jack Brabham - In 1959, Cooper obtained 2,5-litre engines for the first time and Brabham put the extra power to good use by winning his first world championship race at the season-opening Monaco Grand Prix after Jean Behra's Ferrari and Stirling Moss's Cooper failed


British Racing Motors - Stirling Moss believed that the BRM engine was superior to the Coventry-Climax unit used in his Cooper, and a P25 was briefly run in 1959 by the British Racing Partnership, for Moss , and Rob Walker backed the construction of a Cooper-BRM to gain access to the engine


Maserati Tipo 61 - The Tipo 61 was unveiled in 1959 when Stirling Moss won its first race, attracting the attention of Lloyd "Lucky" Casner


In the 1960 Formula One season, Moss took the top step of the podium at Monaco, winning in Rob Walker's Coventry-Climax-powered Lotus 18 add something


In April 1960, Moss was found guilty of dangerous driving and given a £50 fine and a twelve month ban after an incident near Chetwynd, Shropshire, whilst Moss was test driving a Mini add something


Lotus Cars - A Lotus Formula One car driven by Stirling Moss won the marque's first Grand Prix in 1960 at Monaco in a Lotus 18 entered by privateer Rob Walker


For the 1961 F1 season, which was run under the new 1,5-litre rules, Enzo Ferrari rolled out his state-of-the-art "sharknose" Ferrari 156 with an all-new V6 engine add something


Stirling drove different cars on each of three days, the Mercedes W196 "Monoposto", the Lotus 18 he had used to win the 1961 Monaco GP, and the Aston Martin DBR3 add something


Four-wheel drive - Ferguson Research Ltd. built the front-engine P99 Formula One car that actually won a non-World Championship race with Stirling Moss in 1961


German Grand Prix - The 1961 event was won by Briton Stirling Moss driving a privately entered Lotus


Away from driving, in 1962 he acted as a colour commentator for ABC's Wide World of Sports for Formula One and NASCAR races add something


He retired in 1962 after a crash left him in a coma for a month, as afterwards he felt unable to continue driving at a professional level add something


In 1962, Moss was badly injured in a crash at Goodwood in a Lotus in the Glover Trophy add something


It made reference to the amnesia Moss suffered from as a result of head injuries sustained in the crash at Goodwood in 1962 add something


In 1963, noted motorsports author and commentator Ken Purdy published a biographical book entitled "All But My Life" about Stirling Moss , based on material gathered through interviews with Moss add something


Moss was one of the celebrities who made cameo appearances in the 1967 version of the James Bond film "Casino Royale" add something


Denny Hulme - He retired to New Zealand, returning to touring cars to race occasionally in the Benson & Hedges 500 race at Pukekohe Park Raceway in the late 1970s first in Chrysler Chargers later a Volkswagen Golf, partnering Stirling Moss on occasion for the 500 kilometre endurance format


Jean Vinatier - In the last-ever Alpine Rally in 1971, he finished second to Bernard Darniche and recorded his third consecutive penalty-free run, becoming the third driver after Ian Appleyard and Stirling Moss to achieve the much-coveted "Coupe d'Or"


He evetually left ABC in 1980 when he made a brief driving comeback in the British Touring Car Championship with Audi, alongside Martin Brundle add something


Aston Martin - At this point Curtis attended the 1980 Pace sponsored Stirling Moss benefit day at Brands Hatch, and met fellow Farnham resident Victor Gauntlett


Moss is narrator in official 1988 Formula One season review along with Tony Jardine add something


In 1990, Moss was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame add something


Moss remained the most successful English driver in terms of wins until 1991 when Nigel Mansell overtook him, after competing in many more races add something


Jack Brabham - Despite his three titles, and although John Cooper considered him "the greatest", Formula One journalist Adam Cooper wrote in 1999 that Brabham is never listed among the Top 10 of all time, noting that "Stirling Moss and Jim Clark dominated the headlines when Jack was racing, and they still do"


In the New Year Honours 2000 List, Moss was made a Knight Bachelor for services to Motor Racing add something


On 21 March 2000, he was knighted by Prince Charles, standing in for the Queen who was on an official visit to Australia add something


Tim Harvey - He is a double winner of the Oulton Park Gold Cup in 2000 and 2001, joining previous winners Stirling Moss, Jim_Clark, Jackie Stewart and many others


He received the 2005 Segrave Trophy add something


In June 2005, while appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Moss signed the bonnet of his 1955 Mille Miglia winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR which was to be its last year of public appearances it made over numerous years, before retiring to the newly built Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart add something


In 2006, Moss was awarded the FIA gold medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to motorsport add something


In recent years, Moss has been an outspoken critic of Michael Schumacher, but in October 2006 Moss ranked Schumacher joint fourth in the pantheon of all-time great drivers, behind Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna and Jim Clark add something


In December 2008, McLaren-Mercedes unveiled their final model of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren add something


He is one of the few drivers of his era to create a brand from his name for licensing purposes, which was launched when his website was revamped in 2009 with improved content add something


In more recent years he continued to race in historic competition, including racing his own OSCA FS372 during the 2009 season add something


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - The SLR Stirling Moss began production in June 2009, after SLR Roadster's production ended in May 2009


Moss has now recovered from his injuries and made an appearance at the 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, presenting Lewis Hamilton with his second place trophy on the podium and appearing in a pre-race interview with the BBC pundits add something


On 7 March 2010 Moss broke both ankles, broke four bones in a foot, chipped four vertebrae and suffered skin damage in an accident at his home when he fell down a lift shaft add something


Richard Hammond - He talked about his recovery in a 2010 television programme where he interviewed Sir Stirling Moss and they discussed the brain injuries they had both received as a result of car crashes


On 9 June 2011 during the Le Mans Legends qualifying session Sir Stirling Moss announced his retirement from racing to listeners on Radio Le Mans add something


On 9 June 2011, during the qualifying session for the Le Mans Legends race, for which he was entered as a driver, Stirling Moss announced his retirement from driving add something


In March 2013 Moss upset gay rights campaigners when he said that he would not want a "poofter" to play him on screen add something


In April 2013 Moss caused upset again by claiming that women "lacked the mental aptitude" to compete in Formula 1 add something


In 2015, when he was 85, Moss published his autobiography entitled "My Racing Life", written with his friend, motor sports writer Simon Taylor add something


Lister Cars announced the build and sale of the Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss at the Royal Automobile Club in London in June 2016 add something


In December 2016 it was announced that Moss had been taken ill and admitted to hospital in Singapore with a serious chest infection add something


As a result of this illness and a subsequent lengthy recovery period, Moss announced his retirement from public life in January 2018 add something