The first photo you think of is motor racing in the United States when you hear the name Mario Andretti. British F1 pioneer and possibly one of England’s greatest drivers of all time, Sir Stirling Moss died on 12 April 2020 at the age of 90. He was born September 17, 1929 in West Kensington, London and a love for cars and racing consumed his entire family. His father Alfred Moss finished 14th at the Indianapolis 500 Miglia in 1924 while his younger sister, Pat Moss, took part in several rally races and married the driver Erik Carlsson afterwards. Stirling was one of the Cooper Car Company’s first customers when he convinced his father to give him one of the new Cooper 500 vehicles.
Stirling Moss Racing Career
Between 1948 to 1962, Moss won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix. Throughout the course of his driving career, he would participate in as many as 62 races in a single year and drive 84 different car brands including Cooper 500, ERA, Lister Cars, Mclaren, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Vanwall single-seater, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, and Jaguar saloons. Like many of the era’s drivers, he raced in different formulae, sometimes on the same day.
He preferred to race British cars, stating, “Better to lose honourably in a British car than win in a foreign one”. He played an instrumental role in breaking the German / Italian stranglehold on F1 racing at Vanwall (as Jack Brabham did at Cooper). He remained the English driver with the most Formula One victories until he was overtaken by Nigel Mansell in 1991, after running in more races.
In 1962, during the Glover Trophy held at Goodwood on Monday 23 April, he crashed his Lotus heavily. The crash put him in a coma for one month, and partially paralyzed the left side of his body for six months. Following a private test session in a Lotus 19 the following year he recovered but retired from professional racing, when he lapped a few tenths of a second slower than before. He felt his previously instinctive command of the car had not recovered. Four years in succession, from 1955 to 1958, he had been runner-up in the Drivers ‘Championship and third in each of the following three years.
Stirling Moss Cause of Death
Sir Stirling Moss died of chest infection complications on 12 April 2020 when he was at home in central London. Before Christmas in 2016 he went to Singapore and got chest infection due to which he also spent 134 days in hospital. Since then he has been dealing with long illness every now and hence, since January 2018, he has been withdrawing from public appearances. He is survived within the family by his third wife Susie and his grandchildren. His third wife Susie Moss announced his death and said,
“He died as he lived, looking wonderful. He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that. It was one lap too many.”
Mercedes-AMG F1 Tweeted
“Today, the sporting world lost not only a true icon and a legend, but a gentleman. The Team and the Mercedes Motorsport family have lost a dear friend. Sir Stirling, we’ll miss you.”
The whole of Formula One world was truly shocked by this devastating news and so many industry leaders paid tribute to Sir Moss. Current driver “Williams” Geroge Russell shared a post on Tweeter and said,
“RIP Sir Stirling Moss. Only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly a couple of times but even that was enough to understand why he was so highly respected. My thoughts are with his family.”
RIP Sir Stirling Moss, 90.
Fantastic driver – a ‘racer’s racer’ – & a dashing, debonair character.
His wife Lady Moss told the Daily Mail: ‘He died as he lived, looking wonderful.’ pic.twitter.com/YwOieyNtLn
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 12, 2020
Stirling Moss Biography
Stirling Craufurd Moss
Date Of Birth
17 September, 1929
Age (As of 2020)
He Was 90 Years Old
April 11, 2020
Place Of Birth
West Kensington, London, United Kingdom
British Racing Driver
Haileybury Imperial Service College
Susie Moss (m. 1980), Elaine Barberino (m. 1964–1968), Katie Moss (m. 1957–1959)
He Have Two Children (Elliot Moss, Allison Bradley)
He Was Married
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
5 Feet 5 Inches (167.6 cm)
74 kg (163 lbs)
Stirling Moss Net Worth Details
Estimated at £16 million
Some Quick And Important Facts about Stirling Moss
- He preferred to race in English cars because, he claims, “It is better to lose with honor in an English car than to win with a foreign car”.
- He drove a private Jaguar during his 14 years racing career and competed for Maserati, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus and Mercedes-Benz.
- For motorsport, Stirling Moss embodied what Pelé is for Football, and Muhammad Ali for boxing.
- He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hal of Fame in 1990, because of his tremendous contribution and success in racing.
- In March 2000, Prince Chares knighted Moss, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II.
- He will possibly be considered one of the 20th century’s best racing drivers who handled a wide range of types of vehicle.
Tribute Of Stirling Moss
A moment we’ll cherish forever 🙏 Sir Stirling Moss and @LewisHamilton at Monza in 2015, taking to the iconic banking in two Silver Arrows
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 12, 2020
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of BRDC Member, motorsport legend & friend to many Sir Stirling Moss OBE. Our thoughts are with Lady Moss & their family at this difficult time. A proud BRDC Member from the day he received his badge & we will all miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/1qca9mvuRD
— BRDC (@BRDCSilverstone) April 12, 2020
Sir Stirling Moss has passed away (1929 – 2020)
Definitely, the greatest racing driver to not win a Formula 1 drivers world championship. I hope that he gets his shot at winning it at the racing tracks of heaven.
Rest in peace, Sir Stirling. pic.twitter.com/3kIo8pFcVQ
— Eau rouge (@Insidef1) April 12, 2020