Perhaps Sir Stirling Moss is even more of a legend at home as he is here, most people know him, but don't know from what achievements. A few words then.
Moss (1929), who raced from 1948 to 1962, won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix. He would compete in as many as 62 races in a single year and drove 84 different makes of car over the course of his racing career, including Cooper 500, ERA, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Vanwall single-seaters, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz sports cars, and Jaguar saloons. Like many drivers of the era, he competed in several formulae, often even on the same day. Just looking at 1950's and 1960's footage you see him and other great names like Fangio, Ascari, Brabham and Hill. That makes you realize what he has seen and done! More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_Moss
There are zillions of books and stories on him but one event was highlighted the past weekend, and that was the epic win of the 1955 Mille Miglia in the Mercedes 300 SLR averaging
160km/h!!! I can't stop fantasizing what that must have been like and even though we can come up with some things like the limitations when it comes to roadholding, drum brakes, the weight of the car, slowly being cooked by that metall shell, I think we can't even half imagine what that has been like. And then record taht average in a race lasting over 10 hours with only fuel stops, on roads we wouldn't dare drive on nowadays. Shivers down my spine and deep, deep respect.
Moss' co-driver was journalist Dennis Jenkinson and he wrote a brilliant article on the race, read it here: http://www.foodman123.com/moss.htm
Image borrowed from the article linked above
What's more to us
is that Stirling Moss once test drove the E21 TC-1 Baur and wrote an article about it! Find it here at Baurspotting: http://baurspotting.blogspot.nl/2012/08 ... -baur.html