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2020 Death Sterling Moss

Sterling Moss has proven it, racers can also get very old, even those from the early days of the bad times, where death was waiting at every corner of a race and of course in the training. You can no longer imagine that today. It speaks for his skills as a racing driver that he apparently stopped in time and became 90 years old.

Victory at the GP in Aintree (GB) 1955. Racing team from the left: Rudolf Uhlenhaut, Juan Manuel Fangio, Piero Taruffi, Stirling Moss, Karl Kling and (rightmost) race director Alfred Neubauer.

He would have had every reason to continue, because although he was really successful, he was not able to win the drivers' championship. Perhaps due to fate to have Juan Manuel Fangio as a colleague, who succeeded five times. After all, 16 GP wins meant that Moss was second four times and third three times. Here Moss later explained his frequent participation in sports car races, where he was better able to assert himself against Fangio.

In 1952 he helped the first racing car with disk brakes to victory.

According to his own statement, the scion of an extensively racing family has completed 500 races, initially avoiding what the British consider to be foreign vehicles. At least be dated first major success from a 1950 race in Northern Ireland on a borrowed Jaguar XK. After the year for Maserati in Formula 1, race director Alfred Neubauer was obviously pay attention to him.

1955 Test drives on the Hockenheimring.

Perhaps his greatest success was his sensational performance in the 1955 Mille Miglia together with compatriot Denis Jenkinson on a Mercedes 300 SLR (pictures at the top). After Caracciola/Sebastian 1931 and Huschke von Hanstein/Walter Bäumer 1940, they were the third foreigners to have won this race, which has existed since 1927. He also finishes well ahead of Fangio.

1955 GP Monza with Rudolf Uhlenhaut (left)

Added to this has to be the record time of just over 10 hours for the 1,600 km of normal roads in post-war Italy, often at speeds over 200 km/h adventurously traveling. By the way, this time is the second best ever driven after the BMW 328 1940. And to top it all off, he and Peter Collins secured a win together by Targa Florio for Mercedes the World Sports Car Championship.

In 1999 he is awarded the title of nobility 'SIR'.

After the terrible accident in Le Mans, Mercedes withdraws from the racing scene. Moss describes his greatest victory as the Monaco Grand Prix, where he was able to defend the pole position for almost three hours chased with his Lotus by the Ferraris. In 1962 the career of the 32-year-old ended. It was an accident at Goodwood that leaved him, along with broken bones, for one month into a coma and it took more than half a year for him to recover.

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