Moss, Sir Stirling Craufurd

Moss, Sir Stirling Craufurd,

1929–2020, British auto racing driver. Known for his sportsmanship, speed, and courage, Moss became a full-time driver on the Grand Prix circuit in 1953. He subsequently raced largely with Daimler Benz (Mercedes; from 1955), Maserati (from 1956), Vanwall (from 1957) and Rob Walker (from 1958), though he never exclusively raced for any one team. In 1955 he won the British Grand Prix, becoming the first British driver to do so. Though it was the first of 16 Formula One Grand Prix during his relatively brief career, he never won the world championship. Moss also raced successfully in sports cars and set a world land speed record (1957) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. An accident in 1962 ended his career; he had a total of 212 wins in 529 races. He subsequently was a race commentator and racing author, and also was successful in business. He was knighted in 2000.

Bibliography

See his autobiographies (1957; 2015, with S. Taylor).

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