Stirling Moss

Stirling Moss In His Own Words
  • Stirling Moss In His Own Words

  • Sir Stirling Moss, OBE, was a legendary British racing driver. In this collection we hear - in his own words - about his family and upbringing, on starting out and his early career choices, and why he became a racing driver.

    He discusses being a businessman, his relationships and the bittersweet feelings that occur with racing. He also touches on the many dangers involved with the sport, including the loss of friends. Stirling talks about his crash in 1962 - including his injuries and recuperation - as well as his celebrity lifestyle, his continuing popularity and reaching 70.

    The clips included are taken from: Face to Face, BBC TV (first broadcast 12 June 1960); Panorama, BBC TV (first broadcast 16 July 1962); Outlook, BBC Radio (first broadcast 21 May 1974); Profile, first broadcast BBC Radio 4 (21 October 1979) The Colin Berry Programme, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 24 March 1980); Stirling at 70, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 17 September 1999); A Stirling Effort, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 5 November 2004).

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Sir Stirling Moss OBE is widely acknowledged as the greatest all-round racing driver in the history of the sport. He became a professional driver in 1948, and in the course of his 14-year career won 212 races, including 16 Formula One Grand Prix. He won the epic, 1000-mile Mille Miglia race in 1955, driving at an average of over 97 miles per hour on public roads. The same year, he also won the Targa Florio and the Tourist Trophy, and in 1958-1960 he won the 1000km Nurburgring three times. He retired in 1962 after a near-fatal crash, but made occasional comebacks until 2011 when he finally gave up racing, aged 81. He was made a Knight Bachelor for services to racing in the 2000 New Year's Honour's List and in 2006, motorsport's governing body the FIA awarded him a gold medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to motorsport.

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