NoBraking.com’s newest contributor Brett spent a very enjoyable long weekend at Lime Rock Park covering the Historic Festival, not only did he get to see some great cars, and fantastic racing he also got to meet one of his idols, Sir Stirling Moss. Below we have his recount of meeting one of racing’s greats and a very Bristish Gentleman!
On the weekend of August 31 through September 3, 2012, Sir Stirling Moss was the honorary guest at the 30th Annual Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park presented by Jaguar. Throughout the weekend Stirling was available for autograph sessions he also regaled the crowd of the PA several times over the weekend recounting some of his favorite stories about his time as a racing driver.
Sir Stirling Moss might be the greatest driver in racing history to never win a Formula One World Championship. Even though Moss never won a Formula One World Championship, he still is arguably one of the greatest drivers in the history motorsports. Out of 66 Formula One starts he won 16 and was able to grab a space on the podium 24 times. One question asked during one of his many appearances was what his preference to race was, sports cars or Formula One cars. His answer was very “Stirling Moss” and straight to the point; “I like sports cars because I am faster in those.”
In fact, Sir Stirling Moss answered most questions instinctively as if they happened that weekend, not 50 or 60 years ago. At the ripe old age of 82, not only did Stirling remember a name that was mentioned, but he also had a few stories that were very detailed and sprinkled with humor. When asked about his time driving for Lotus, he said, “The problem with Lotuses, as you know, was that their wheels were always falling off!”. Something that might surprise most people is that Stirling does not own a single car, he currently tootles around on a scooter.
The Tribute to Sir Stirling was one of the many highlights of the weekend. It started with a showcase on pit lane of a selection of Formula One cars that included a 1960 Cooper T 51 and his 1957 Maserati 250F. Stirling Moss, with his wife Lady Susie in the passenger’s seat led the cars around Lime Rock’s 1.5 mile circuit twice before coming to a halt at the Start/Finish line in parade formation. A final honor for Sir Stirling was being presented the Colors by the US Army National Guard.
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