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Stirling Moss at Goodwood in 2007
Sir Stirling Moss has announced he is retiring from motor racing at the age 81.
Moss had been expected to drive a Porsche RS61 with Ian Nuthall in Sunday's Le Mans Legends race, but shortly after qualifying he told fans he was calling time.
"I was frightened before I even got in the car," he said. "This afternoon I scared myself and I have always said that if I felt I was not up to it or that I was getting in the way of fellow competitors, then I would retire. I love racing, but now it is time to stop."
A keen follower of technology, Moss also told his 14,000 Twitter followers of his decision. "It's official the white Patey helmet has been hung up for good. Stirling Moss has retired from competitive racing."
Moss was the leading British driver for a decade until a crash at Goodwood in 1962 ended his career at the top. He subsequently admitted the decision to quit then was premature.
He made a brief return in the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 but it was not successful, and since then he has been a regular competitor in historic racing events.
Last year he suffered serious injuries when he fell down a lift shaft at his London home.
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Firstly this is not a 'Specialist' forum on motor racing, it is in fact an open comments forum on the UK MSN news website. Secondly I own an 06 plate Skyline and a Triumph Street Triple bike so to a certain extent I do know exactly what I'm talking about. I have been driving for nearly 40 years and both my vehicles are full powered variants and I use them to the max whenever possible. Please don't patronise me because you know a bit more about racing than I do. Oh and thirdly, I went round the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 23 seconds in an Escort RS Cossie, stick that in your pipes and chug away.........LMAO!!
A proper, true, decent English gentleman- not many of them left- a massive star in his day, modest to the last, and a real example to the overpaid, spoilt, selfish so-called superstars of today who think (sic) that having a pot of money gives them the right to behave abominably. Ditto Our 'Enry.
What's all this **** about footballers?
The trouble with democracy is that it gives complete morons as loud a voice as those who know about the subject.
Simple fact. Stirling Moss (as he was then) was THE greatest driver of his era. Not my opinion, that of other drivers. I think their views should carry some weight.
Had he been born 40 or 50 years later, in today's cars on today's circuits, how would he have fared? We don't know. But talent and courage are timeless, and my opinion (FWIW) is he could probably have have held his own against the best of any era had he been part of that era.
And, as the old saying goes, before you criticise a man walk a mile in his shoes. Or, in this case, drive a mile in his car. If you can do better, I'll value your comments. Until then, I regard your opinions as worthless and you as a jealous nonentity because this man achieved more in a year than most of us will ever do in a lifetime. Go back to your twin exhaust Ford Focus with the 140 dB sound system and drive for hours round the one-way system in a desperate attempt to impress the teenage girls, because you sure as h*ll don't impress me.
SORRY TO HEAR THAT STIRLING IS FINALLY HANGING UP IS HELMET.
HE AS GIVEN A LOT OF PLEASURE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. THANK YOU STIRLING
Can not believe some of the comments on here people, this guy drove cars sideways when they had a huge wooden steering wheel and no roof and you finished a race with a black face. He commanded massive respect from drivers and spectators the world over not just with his skills but also with his presence as a gentleman. He has achieved / done / experienced more than us mere mortals will in our lifetime and i wish him a long and much overdue retirement. NOW GET BACK ON YOUR PLAYSTATIONS, YOU DONT REALLY DIE ON THEM.
I met Sir Stirling at Le mans a few years back,realy nice down to earth friendly guy.
F.A.O PJJJ .......Alan Shearer was and is still currently the highest scoring Premier League player ever.
Highest scoring Blackburn Rovers player ever.
Highest scoring Newcastle United player ever.
And currently has the record as the Highest scoring England international player.
In my book,thats a sporting Legend.
Stirling Moss racked up more podium places than Hamilton and Button put together and in those days they didnt have big fat sticky tyres,Computer aided engines and design,safety features or wind tunnel tuned Aerodynamics packages worth millions.
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