A thought for Sir Stirling

Sir Stirling Moss suffered a serious accident at home over the weekend when a lift malfunction at his house resulted in the doors of the lift opening when it was at a different floor. Sadly, Sir Stirling fell three floors inside the lift shaft and suffered two broken ankles and several other broken bones in the foot. There was some damage to his vertebrae but not internal injuries. He was admitted to the London Hospital and then moved yesterday following the intervention of Professor Sid Watkins to the Princess Grace Hospital, where he was operated upon. It is hoped that he will be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit later today and Lady Moss reports that he is in remarkably good spirits and already complaining about the size and quality of the hospital breakfast.

Moss (80) is always considered to have been the greatest F1 driver never to win the World Championship. he raced in F1 between 1954 and 1962, when his career ended with a bad crash at Goodwood. He suffered serious head injuries. He was knighted for his extraordinary service to the sport in January 2000.

Moss is best remembered for his behaviour in 1958 when his sporting attitude cost him the World Championship when he stood up for rival Mike Hawthorn, who faced a penalty in Portugal that would, in retrospect, have denied him the points that he needed to beat Moss. Stirling never for one moment entertained any thought of gaining an advantage in such a way, and in any case his natural sense of justice would not have allowed him to see Hawthorn unjustly penalised. So he stepped forward to defend him. Hawthorn subsequently went on to beat Moss by a mere point, even though he had only won one race that year to Moss’s four. That was sufficient to make Mike Hawthorn Britainís first World Champion.

35 thoughts on “A thought for Sir Stirling

  1. That’s terrible news, wishing him all the best.

    Lady Moss reports that he is in remarkably good spirits and already complaining about the size and quality of the hospital breakfast.

    Good man!

  2. Joe very sad to hear that news. Hope all goes well, the man is an absolute legend not just for his driving but in the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the track. Wishing him all the best

  3. Stirling was always the best. He rarely drove a car that was problem free but was always a giant killer. His sportsmanship was derived from an earlier half generation who had fought in WW2. All of those who followed him were conscious of the high standard that he set. I have seen him do magic things with a racing car at Spa, Silverstone and The Ring and always with that special relaxed style of his.
    He has been one of the first to give his approval to the way that Jenson and Lewis go racing – which many of us see as worthy of Stirling- and I wish him well as he watches the first race of the season from an armchair.

  4. So he falls three floors- THREE FLOORS! – and the worst he suffers from are some (admittedly non-trivial) breakages and rotten hospital grub.
    The man is a legend.

    I wish him a speedy recovery.

  5. Such sportsmanship is a far cry to where the sport has evolved since… in modern F1, Senna was used to pushing the limits of the regulations on the day then ofcourse the “winning at all costs” attitude set my Michael Schumacher first in his Benetton years and later in Ferrari.

  6. All the best to him and his family.

    F1 needs to start giving a few honorary championships and he should be the first recepient.

  7. I have to say that the title of your post made my breath catch, as I feared even worse.

    It sounds like as bad as it was, Stirling is in good spirits and will surely bounce back.

    He is one of the true greats and I think in the long run, his sportsmanship has added to his greatness more than that world championship would have.

  8. Thoughts and Prayers with you for a full and speedy recovery from all at Australian Autosport Community Sir Stirling.
    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
    Hope you are running up and down the stairs in no time, and great to see you still have your sense of humour.

  9. Sportsmanship is a rare quality in today’s athlete. Let us hope Sir Stirling recovers fully and quickly, to remind today’s generation that honor usually is worth more than victory.

  10. I have an indelible memory of Stirling Moss picking me up and putting in his Vanwall at the end of the 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree. What a great man.

    I wish him all the best for a complete and speedy recovery.

  11. I hope Sir Stirling makes a complete recovery. He seems as tough as ever. I’m half his age and I’m not sure I could survive a three story fall. Best wishes to him.

  12. you would think at 80 you might stop trying to race the lift downstairs.

    hope fully he gets well soon.

  13. What a nasty accident, I hope he gets well soon.

    Hopefully we’ll see him back behind the wheel of his OSCA before too long. What price for Stirling on pole for the Goodwood Revival?

  14. I could be wrong, but was Sir Stirling’s elevator / lift in his home some fancy carbon fibre job that was designed and built by Williams GPE?

    Has Sir Frank made any comment? It was the lift that malfunctioned after all; they built it….

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