Post by Darryl Johnson Post by Sir Tim
Sir Stirling Moss - one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and
immortalized in the phrase: “who do you think you are, Stirling Moss?”,
often uttered by a member of the constabulary.
The details are foggy, after all this time, but I remember hearing
about his big crash and his hospitalization for head injuries. Then
after a long rehabilitation, he tried driving again only to decide
that he had lost that edge and announced his formal retirement.
The crash happened at St. Mary’s, Goodwood, cause still, afaik, unknown. I
believe Sid Watkins later said that Moss could have fully recovered his
former skills if he had given himself more time.
Post by Darryl Johnson
I saw the man once, at the old Mosport track in Canada (now known as
Canadian Tire Motorsport track). I suspect that was back in the 60s or
70s. He wasn't driving -- that I recall -- but he was in the paddock
area signing autographs. Corners 5 and 5a at Mosport were named after
him -- I think he had something to do with the design of the track. I
don't know if the corners are still officially called Moss Corner,
but they remain so in the minds of many.
I never saw him drive in F1, apart from on TV, he had retired by the time I
could afford to go to GPs, but I did see him drive a variety of machinery
(including Rowan Atkinson’s Jaguar Mk X) at Goodwood Revival meetings
There is a corner on the Brands Hatch GP circuit called “Stirling’s”. Many
people think it was named for Moss but it was actually a local farmer!