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VIDEO: SIR STIRLING MOSS RETIRES AT 88

Date: 2018-01-20


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Sir Stirling Moss, one of motor-racing's greatest legends, has decided to retire from public life following a long illness.

His son released a statement saying Moss has made the decision because of a "slow recovery" from his health problems, and that now Moss and his wife can "spend more time with each other and the rest of the family".

Back in 2016, Moss was hospitalised for 134 days after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore.

Moss will go down in history as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time to not win the World Championship.

He completed in 66 F1 Grand Prix races between 1951-66, winning 16 of them, and was the first British F1 driver to win his home race. In total, he won 212 races of the 529 events he entered in categories across motorsport.

He had many incredible victories over the years. Among the most memorable was his win over Ferrari, while driving the slower Lotus, in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix. And then there was the 1955 Mille Miglia when he set a new course record in the famous 1,000-mile race around Italy.

In 1958, he famously lost out on the F1 title to fellow countryman, Mike Hawthorn, in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix. Although, if it wasn't for Moss vouching for his rival after Hawthorn was accused of reversing on the track, Hawthorn would have been disqualified and Moss would have claimed the title.

The 50s also saw him attempt and often claim many other records behind the wheel, from speed to endurance he would try them all.

After the accident at Goodwood in 1962 that left Moss in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months, he was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport.

We salute a legend who helped shape the face of motorsport as we know it, and wish him a wonderfully relaxing and well-deserved retirement.

Check out the video below for his story about his record-breaking, and still standing, race in the 1955 Mille Miglia.



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