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R I P Stirling!

PostPost by: el-saturn » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:19 am

a true British Gentleman - we all loved him. sandy
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:24 am

RIP Stirling :(
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:35 am

For a minute there I thought the UK had gone bust
:) :)
Very sad but he had been pretty poorly for a while.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:00 am

My wife and I spent a couple of weeks in UK 1993, visiting some normal tourist things and visiting w/ a few Historic Lotus friends. We also visited a number of old book stores, one of which yielded a paper back copy of "All but My Life" in very good condition. At the next weekend I found myself at Prescott hillclimb. The book had a nice photo of Jenks and Sir Stirling on the MB SLR in MilleMiglia. Jenks was at Prescott climbing on one of his motorcycles and after a very cordial discussion, he signed my photograph/book.

Two years later, we hauled our S2 Eleven (4DTN) to Monterey Historics and that book was in my baggage. I think Sir Stirling was impressed that I had thought to get Jenk's autograph and he was quite happy to complete the page.

I've seen Sir Stirling a few other times, last time may have been 2014 at Lime Rock Fall Festival. He wasn't that active at the event. I don't remember him driving any of the fine cars there, although I think I have a photo of him riding in the pre-war Alfa that won the Sunday concours.

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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:14 pm

Please change the title to RIP Stirling and spell the man's name correctly!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:55 pm

Elan45 wrote:I've seen Sir Stirling a few other times, last time may have been 2014 at Lime Rock Fall Festival. He wasn't that active at the event. I don't remember him driving any of the fine cars there, although I think I have a photo of him riding in the pre-war Alfa that won the Sunday concours.

God Speed


We saw him there in 2012, hilarious talk including many mentions of Crumpet which I am sure made Lady Suze wince....
LimeRock2012_Moss1.jpg and

LimeRock2012_Moss2.jpg and


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PostPost by: Slowtus » Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:34 pm

RogerFrench wrote:Please change the title to RIP Stirling and spell the man's name correctly!


The number of times that miss-spelling has occurred probably took years off STIRLING's life... :(
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PostPost by: Davidb » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:51 pm

I am surprised there aren't more comments!

Stirling Moss was a regular driver of Lotii and of course, owned and raced (?) 26Rs in his SMART team.

The consummate racing driver and a big influence on so many of us!

(Thanks to whoever corrected the spelling)
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PostPost by: baileyman » Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:24 pm

MotorSport reposts the telling of the 1955 Mille Miglia:

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... lle-miglia

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PostPost by: Slowtus » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:14 pm

Davidb wrote:I am surprised there aren't more comments!

Stirling Moss was a regular driver of Lotii and of course, owned and raced (?) 26Rs in his SMART team.

The consummate racing driver and a big influence on so many of us!

(Thanks to whoever corrected the spelling)


Just more spelling mistake to go and we will all be good. :D
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:10 am

Slowtus: I sent a rude email to the management! :roll:
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:09 am

I've been just kind of quietly mourning. And wishing that I'd met him. I did read one of his books last year, and old paperback from the '50s about how to be a racing driver. Good stuff, written as a young man still very active in motorsport. I'd post a picture but I can't find it at the moment.

I do also remember really enjoying this:

https://youtu.be/UtRWhPQVAY8
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PostPost by: Slowtus » Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:53 am

Davidb wrote:Slowtus: I sent a rude email to the management! :roll:


Good for you :D
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