Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sir Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss is the celebrated Formula One racing driver from England who is hailed as one of the world's elite.

He raced cars from 1948 to 1962, winning 212 races, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix. Among the cars he raced were Lotus, Maserati, Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

Upon retirement, he worked as color commentator on ABC's Wide World of Sports for Formula One and NASCAR races.

Moss was a guest challenger on the television show, What's My Line?, and appeared in the 1967 film Casino Royale playing Evelyn Tremble's (Peter Sellers) chauffeur.

In 1990, Moss was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the O.B.E., Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in 1959, and in March 2000, awarded Knighthood of the British Empire. 

I knew of a story about Moss aggressively driving his Mercedes-Benz away from Buckingham Palace following his knighting ceremony. He was stopped by a palace guard who asked angrily, "Who do you think you are? Stirling Moss?" I asked Sir Stirling if that story was true. He laughed and assured me it was.

Sir Stirling lives in London with his very personable wife, Lady Susie Moss.

Photograph copyright 2013 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

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