Regarded as one of Formula One’s greatest drivers, Stirling Moss, died in his London home after what his wife called a long illness April 11 at the age of 90.

Known as Mr Motor Racing, Moss was often thought of as a national treasure, he was knighted in 1999.

Moss nearly died in 1962 after a bad crash left him in a coma for a month. He hit a bank of earth at 100mph and wasn’t wearing a seat belt. It took 45 minutes for crews to extricate Moss from the car. The crash resulted in a brain injury, paralysis on his left side for six months, and permanent damage to his eyesight and reflexes.

Two years prior, he broke both legs and damaged his spine in a crash.

Moss retired at age 31 with 16 Formula One race wins. Over the course of his racing career, Moss 375 races with a total 212 wins.

In 1955, Moss beat out Juan Manuel Fangio in the Mille Miglia – a 1,000 mile road course through Italy. While finishing second in the championship four time and third three times, Moss never took home the big prize of a championship title.

After retiring Moss became a successful businessman and consultant to car manufacturers.

Moss also made numerous television appearances including sports shows, documentaries, game shows, talk shows, variety shows, a driver in the original 1967 version of “Casino Royale”, and as the narrator in 22 episodes of Roary the Racing Car”.

Stirling Craufurd Moss was born on September 17, 1929 in London, into a racing family. His father Alfred Moss ran in the Indianapolis 500 twice in the 20’s and his mother was the 1936 English women’s champion. A teen aged Stirling began racing after World War II.

Moss’s survivors include his third wife Susie and children Elliott and Allison.

 

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