Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss, OBE is a British former Formula One racing driver, an affable face at motorsport events will officially retire from motorsport affiliations due to health issues.
The octogenarian legend made a name for himself as a world class racing driver in Formula 1. In his career, he never won the F1 World Championship outright but was placed as the runner-up four times and placed third three times. He also checked off 16 wins in the motorsport between 1951 and 1961. Moss is often referred to as the greatest driver never to win a championship.
He won 16 of the 66 grands prix in which he competed from 1951-66, was the first British F1 driver to win his home race. He won a total of 212 races of the 529 events he entered in categories across motorsport. However, greater success for Moss actually came beyond the boundaries of F1. In 1955, he won the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. The next year, he walked away victorious at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin DB3S.
His iconic status and name have graced numerous production cars, including the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss in 2009 and the SLR McLaren 722 from 2007. The latter references Moss’ start time of his record-setting 1955 Mille Miglia run—7:22 am. More recently, the Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition was released in 2016 as a continuation version of the Lister Jaguar of the 1950s.
In his farewell announcement Moss said he will have some “much-deserved” rest and quality time with his wife and family. Moss suffered two broken ankles in 2010 and has battled several health issues. Moss spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016.