Sir Stirling Moss, the crownless champion, dies at 90

Sir Stirling Moss passed away early Sunday, April 12, at the age of 90 at his home. The best driver who never won the Formula 1 World Championship.  He was the F1 driver who won the grandest prizes (16) without getting the title.

Sir Stirling Moss

A short Introduction of Sir Stirling Moss

Date of Birth: September 17, 1929

Birthplace: West Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Died: April 12, 2020

First win: 1955 British Grand Prix

Spouse: Susie Moss (m. 1980), Elaine Barberino (m. 1964–1968), Katie Moss (m. 1957–1959)

‘Mr. Motor Racing,’ as he was known, was the benchmark driver in F1, sports cars. Even before that, it was clear that Moss was the pilot who would soon take over from the legendary Argentine at the pinnacle of the sport.

Even though he never won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Moss became the best sports car driver in the 1950s, with victories in 1955 at the Mille Miglia (Mercedes), in 1958 and 1959 at the Nurburgring 1000km and the 1959 Tourist Trophy (all with Aston Martin).

Stirling was the last living driver to have participated in the 1951 championship. He ran in F1 until 1961, with Jaguar, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, and Maserati.

How much is Stirling Moss worth?

Stirling Moss net worth: $20 million.

Moss earned his first F1 World Cup win at the British Grand Prix in Aintree, leading a Mercedes poker.

Moss was second in the World Cup that year, a position that he would repeat in 1956 (with Maserati), 1957, and 1958 (both with Vanwall).

Sir Stirling Moss
Stirling Moss received the Sportsview Sports Personality of the Year in 1961

His 1958 loss to Mike Hawthorn (Ferrari), despite winning four races, changed Moss’ view of the championship and became less important to him.

Moss suffered a still unexplained collision at Goodwood with a Lotus at the Glover Trophy on Easter Monday, 1962. The accident left him in a coma and, after many months of recovery, he returned to discover that his abilities had been affected and decided to retire.

It remained an integral part of the sport, appearing in all kinds of roles. He even made a brief comeback with Audi at the 1980 British Touring Car Championship.

He also competed in historical events and, even after hanging his helmet forever at Le Mans in 2011, was a regular at gatherings like the Goodwood Revival.

A robust character, who survived the fall of an elevator at his home, although he retired from public life after an illness in 2016-17.

The fact that Moss has never been champion remains a stain for the championship and point system in effect at the time. For many people, he was motorsports, perhaps the first big star, and surely an SUV.

Does Stirling Moss have children?

Children: Elliot Moss, Allison Bradley

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