Interview with Sir Stirling Moss: Video
Despite the absence of a world championship title on his resume, Sir Stirling Moss is widely recognized as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. His 10-year stretch in Formula One netted him 16 wins and 24 podium finishes, but his success extended far beyond grand prix racing. He simultaneously participated in a variety of different motor racing categories, including hill climbs, rallies, and speed record attempts. In total, Moss has 212 race wins to his name, and the stories marking his career are legendary. All told, it would take much more than this 13-minute interview to cover it all, but the video still does a good job hitting the highlights.
Undoubtedly, one of the of biggest highlights came in 1955, when Moss won the big three international sports car races (Mille Miglia, RAC Tourist Trophy, and the Targa Florio) as well as the British Grand Prix. While all impressive victories in their own right, hearing what it was like to race the Mille Miglia is simply astonishing.
Here are a few numbers for you – competitors had to cover 1,000 miles on public roads, some of which weren’t closed. Moss won by averaging nearly 100 mph for 10 hours straight, and because he couldn’t hear instructions from his co-driver, he instead had to rely on hand signals. Moss recalls, “I was 25 years-old, which helps. It was the only race I was frightened of. But once I got off the ramp, and saw a car ahead, that fear went.”
Press play, and you’ll also get to hear Moss talk about Goodwood (“I like difficult courses”), driving for Mercedes, the steering wheel he used to pilot both his SLR and grand prix car in 1955, and much more.