Sir Stirling Moss, a legendary British racer, died at the age of 90 after a long battle with illness. He died in the arms of his family on April 12. His departure has caused speed enthusiasts to suffer a living legend. Many F1 teams and riders also shared their grief in the media.
Sir Stirling Moss is considered one of the great monuments in the F1 race of the world despite not having won any championship. He is admired by many for this sport due to his talent as well as his discipline in competition. In 1962, he retired after a serious accident on the track. However, he continued to devote to the development of this speed sport until his death.
Born in 1929, Stirling Moss started his professional racing career in 1948 with the Cooper 500 race. During his entire career, Sir Stirling Moss won 212 race wins out of the 529 races it took. He also finished 16th in a total of 66 F1 races with a record of 4 times runner-up and 3 times ranked 3 all season.
In 1955, he joined Mercedes-Benz racing team with his best teammate and driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Fangio was also the one who defeated Moss in the race to win the championship that year. However, it was Moss who set an unprecedented record at the Mille Miglia race in Italy with the famous Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR bearing 722 when returning to Fangio until 32 minutes.
According to Sir Stirling Moss’s account, Fangio gave him a drink of “panacea” before the race, and despite not knowing what this was, Moss accepted to try. After 10 hours and 7 minutes of playing on the same record, Sir Stirling Moss continued driving all night with his girlfriend to Cologne, had breakfast in Munich and had lunch in Stuttgart.
In tribute to his resounding victory for the racing team, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren even produced special supercar tributes to him as a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition – 722 is also a wearable number of the 300 SLR car that Moss drove. More specifically, the SLR Stirling Moss version was launched in 2009, which is limited to 75 units worldwide. Factory price of this model at launch up to 1 million.
In 1961, Moss was voted BBC’s sports face of the year by the BBC. He was also knighted in 2000 by the Royal Family, received the Segrave Trophy in 2005 as well as the gold medal awarded by the FIA for outstanding contribution to racing in 2006.