TR Register bid farewell to motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss, who has passed away today, aged 90 after a long illness.
Lady Moss was by his side at Mayfair House as he passed away in the early hours of Easter morning. Lady Moss said that Sir Stirling “ died as he lived, looking wonderful.”
Sir Stirling Moss came to see the TR Register at the NEC Classic Motor Show in 2016, where the video interview below was recorded in conversation with TR Action Editor, Wayne Scott.
Wayne Scott said, "He was a racing star that every child across generations read about in books and made their hero. They say you should never meet your heroes, but I interviewed Sir Stirling on a number of occasions and each time he was charming, friendly and cheeky. He even took the mick out of my hair, "You've lost it all young man" he jibed, going on to say, "Be careful it makes you irresistible to women, like me!"
Sir Stirling Moss was an incredibly versatile driver who won 212 of his 529 races in his professional career. Although never managing a Formula One World Championship, in 1955 he became the first Englishman to win the British Grand Prix at Aintree ahead of another legend, Juan Manuel Fangio. Fangio was not only his teammate at Mercedes, who Moss joined the same year, but also a friend and mentor.
He raced a Standard 10 saloon during the 1955 Sporting Life Trophy race at Oulton Park where he finished 2nd in class.
Although he never raced or rallied a Triumph TR professionally, he had fond memories of the marque which was prevalent on the Alpine rallies on which he made so much history. He raced for a number of British marques and of course Mercedes Benz in Sportscar racing at Le Mans.
Sir Stirling was associate closely with Formula One racing, but in 1957 also secured himself a place in speed record history when he smashed the class F world land speed record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in the streamlined MG EX181. He raced for a number of British marques, plus Maserati in F1 and of course for Mercedes Benz where he arguably had is most notable successes.
He raced a Jaguar in a number of events including at the steeply banked Autodrome de Montlhéry, a steeply banked oval track near Paris. Sir Stirling drove an XK120 owned by Leslie Johnson and the pair shared the driving to average 107.46 mph for 24 hours over a total distance of 2579.16 miles.
Moss drove a number of rallies over the Alps including on the Mille Miglia where, in 1952, he shared a Jaguar C Type with Norman Dewis to test out the new innovation of front disc brakes. He came second at Le Mans 1953 with Peter Walker in a Jaguar C Type and enjoyed victory at Silverstone in a Lister Jaguar Knobbly, the only car he would ever put his name to for marketing purposes.
In 1955 on the Mille Miglia, Moss drove a record breaking drive to win the event in a Mercedes 300SLR, the car he would also have success at Le Mans and Dundrod with as well as the Targa Florio. In the 1960 Bowmaker Trophy held at Silverstone, Sir Stirling Moss raced a Jaguar Mark II saloon taking second place to winner Roy Salvadori.
Sir Stirling Moss’ top - level career came to an abrupt and tragic close in 1962 when he crashed at Goodwood in 1962 and was left partially paralysed and in a coma for 6 months.
Following his forced retirement from top-level motorsport, he remained close to motor racing either via his broadcasting commitments or many guest appearances driving or speaking at historic events.
Moss is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One and indeed sports car drivers of all time and will be greatly missed by the entire classic car community. He was a hero for many TR enthusiasts around the world.