Last week I was invited to meet British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss. In case you’ve been asleep for 64 years (Moss started racing in 1948), Sir Stirling is the bloke who’s often referred to as "the greatest driver never to win the world championship".
In his time, he’s had a colourful career, including winning the 1955 Mille Miglia in a record time of just 10 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds. His first F1 victory came in the same year when he won the British Grand Prix at Aintree and he also claimed victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in ’54, becoming the first non-American driver to do so.
Following a huge crash in ’64 which left Moss in a coma for a month, he retired from grand prix racing. The dented wooden steering wheel (the damage occurred courtesy of Sir Stirling’s forehead) sits proudly in his home in London.
I was given a precious seven minutes to ask Sir Stirling a few questions that some of you sent me via Twitter. Here are the highlights:
Do you still get a thrill from motoring?
“Not at all. British roads are no fun any more. Look around and you’ll see that all the fun has been engineered out them, whether it be the speed bumps that have sprung out of the tarmac or the amount of traffic lights that halts progress.