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Remembering Sir Stirling Moss

May 2, 2020

We’ve lost one of our heroes, and the same may be true for many of you. Sir Stirling Moss has died, and our heart goes out to Susie and his family.

Sir Stirling served for decades among our Honorary Judges, and we have so many clear and dear memories of him here:

There was the time when Sir Stirling and Juan Manuel Fangio almost toppled the first Benz Patent Motor Wagen while driving it across our awards ramp. They turned onto the ramp a bit too rapidly, the tri-wheeler began to tilt, and they clung tightly to each other as Mercedes mechanics came running. Once righted, they (and we all) had a good laugh.

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Sir Stirling led the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance time and again. And yes, he started in the fore and he stayed there. He was never one to take it slow even as he aged.

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And we have to admit we took a bit of a ribbing when we created a big cake and celebrated his 80th birthday — several weeks too early. “Don’t jinx me!” he said. Thankfully, he made it to 90. The year 2015 marked the 60th anniversary of what was undoubtedly Sir Stirling’s most remarkable drive, piloting the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR to victory in the Miglia Miglia. To
marque the occasion, Daimler AG brought the car to Pebble Beach to be reunited with its driver — and Sir Stirling was cheered by all.

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We’ll miss having Sir Stirling in our midst. But true legends never die. We will carry his accomplishments, his warm wit and his friendship in our memory for years to come. And the cars will live on, even after us, to bear witness to all that Sir Stirling did.

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