Stirling Moss is a fixed star in the galaxy of racing drivers that has lost little of its radiation to the present day. Sixteen victories and pole positions, as well as 19 fastest laps in 66 Grand Prix races went to his credit, to the tune of innumerable successes in other categories and accompanied by loads of charisma.
He had already flirted with Mercedes-Benz as early as 1954. Racing manager Alfred Neubauer, however, who had the final say in personnel matters, deemed neither the time nor Moss ripe for the three-pointed star. But the candidate quickly commended himself, delivering a couple of solid performances in a Maserati. In July 1955, he won his home Grand Prix in Aintree for Mercedes-Benz, split-seconds ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio. His legendary victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and supported by navigator Denis Jenkinson, has remained unforgotten to this day. After the withdrawal of Daimler-Benz from motor racing at the end of the 1955 season, Moss joined the private racing team of Rob Walker. A serious accident at Goodwood put an end to his brilliant career in 1962. Before he had completely recovered, and still unable to walk properly, he sat at the wheel of a racing car for tests, but the result was shattering. His reflexes were as good as they used to be, but he could not concentrate any longer the way a racing driver has to. "Someone who does not drive fast and safely," he said, "ought to throw in the towel, if only out of consideration for his competitors." He called it a day but has since been revered as the gentleman of motor racing – and a highly popular guest at historical motor sport events.