Legendary British Racing Driver Stirling Moss Dies, Aged 90
Sir Stirling Moss, the acclaimed British Grand Prix driver, has died at the age of 90. Moss learned to drive at the age of 9 in an Austin 7 given to him by his parents, both amateur racers, and purchased his first racing car, a Cooper 500,10 years later. Moss won 212 of the 529 races he entered, and although he never captured a Formula 1 championship, he clinched 16 victories, 24 podiums, became the first British driver to win his home Grand Prix, in 1955, and was runner-up in points four years in a row. Moss was perhaps best known as a sports car driver, however, competing in numerous long-distance road races throughout his career. Among them, his victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia was proclaimed by Motor Trend as "The Most Epic Drive. Ever." With motor racing journalist Denis Jenkinson riding as passenger and providing course notes, Moss drove the entire race in ten hours and seven minutes, averaging just under 100mph for 1000 miles. Moss retired from full-time racing in 1962, but remained active as a driver, broadcaster, and Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador until 2018. He was knighted by Prince Charles in 2000.