Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by davetcan, Apr 12, 2020.
One of my boyhood heroes, RIP.
An iconic name. Sad to hear of his passing. Motorsports wouldn't be what they are without Stirling.
Not another one. Saw him last time in Mosport back in the 60's One of the finest drivers of his era. May he RIP.
I remember him saying that his father told him “well if you’re going to go racing you’ll have to wear a crash helmet.” They didn’t have much else for safety equipment back when Moss started his career.
Sad to hear of his passing. I guess only the old timers will probably remember him. Rest in peace Sterling.
Well before Dale Earnhart or Jacques Villeneuve were on the radar, there were two guys who seemed to be the undisputed kings of car racing: Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart.
Moss at Monaco in 1961. I'm pretty sure that he was driving Rob Walker's Lotus in this race. The side panels were removed because it was hot that day.
It was in 1958 that he came closest to winning the F1 world title. He lost out to Mike Hawthorn by a single point, but at the Portuguese Grand Prix he helped get Hawthorn reinstated after he had been disqualified following a spin thereby sparing Hawthorn a six point penalty.
"I had no hesitation in doing it," Moss recalled many years later. "I can't see how this is open to debate. The fact that he was my only rival in the championship didn't come into my thinking. Absolutely not."
If you are into racing and follow F1 that series on Netflix is fantastic. Only 2 seasons in the can, it was planned to be filmed again this season but that is unlikely to happen. Major behind the scenes coverage of how these teams work. Highly recommended
I bumped into him - literally - in the early 2000s at LeMans. He was racing in the vintage race earlier on Saturday. After the race there were two throngs on people moving through each other. His throng and my throng intersected and for a brief second, I had a 'brush with greatness'. And then it was over and the two tides just kept going. No way to get a pic or anything.
RIP. One of the good ones back when racing was more honorable.
And dont forget Jim Hall !!!
One of the greatest. Rest in peace Stirling.
His wife put it nicely: “He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that.”
When I read that, I had all sorts of names going through my head, from Nuvolari to Fangio to Jimmy Clark to Senna.
But we've already mourned all them and it's time to remember Stirling. One of the last gentleman racers, maybe.
Ah crap. I just finished the Fangio doc the other night.
I'll throw Jackie Stewart into that mix but yes, a dying breed.
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