A final farewell to a racing legend.
Sir Stirling Moss, regarded by many as one of the best drivers of all time, has passed away at age 90 following a long illness.
Moss was born in London in 1929 and achieved a glorious 14-year motor racing career. He's often considered one of the greatest drivers never to have won a Formula 1 title. However, Moss was the runner-up four times before he retired. He competed in his first race at age 18 and would later go on to win a total of 16 F1 races.
He was first signed by Mercedes-Benz in 1955 to compete in F1 alongside teammate Juan Manuel Fangio. That was also the year Moss completed what's often regarded as his most legendary drive during the Mille Miglia endurance road race in Italy. He was at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, the ancestor of today's Mercedes SL-Class and AMG GT, and set a new record. He also beat Fangio by 32 minutes that day.
Moss was not only a gifted and determined driver but was one of the few who competed with phenomenal success in both short and endurance racing. He later achieved not one but two second-place finishes at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Jaguar and later an Aston Martin. He achieved a class win there in 1956. He also won the Sebring 12 Hours and 12 Hours of Reims.
He was seriously injured in an accident in 1960 during a practice round for the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa. He missed the following three races but was healthy enough to compete in the final F1 race that year in California.
"To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster," he once said.
Moss retired from professional racing in 1962 following a second and more serious accident in a Lotus that left him in a coma for a month. In retirement, he worked in his family's property business but still took part in historic racing events. He drove his last race in 2011 at age 81.
He also had a successful broadcasting career and was knighted in 2000, but officially retired from public life in 2018. Moss is survived by his third wife and two children.