Stirling was interviewed for the current September 2009 issue of Classic Cars magazine, which is on sale now. He talks about his strengths, fears, and unique versatility as a racer of grand prix, sports and saloon cars. This months Classic Cars also features the Aston Martin DB4 GT he drove to victory at Goodwood in 1960, with a short preview of what you can expect below.

"With a starts-to-wins ratio like that of Sir Stirling Moss, who needs a World Championship? Moss won 40 per cent of all races he started, yet those headline statistics only account for 15 seasons of active competition (1948-62) and don’t include trials in his father’s BMW 328 in ’47, any hill climbs, sprints, rallies, record-breaking attempts, his British Touring Car Championship return with Audi in the Eighties, or the hundreds of historic races he’s contested since. But while racing is everything for Moss, his forays in to other genres of motor sport help us get closer to understanding the real Sir Stirling.

Moss, a tanned figure who still has remarkable drive and stamina for a man about to enter his ninth decade, is appropriately dressed in a Hawaiian-style shirt for the 30-degree C temperatures outside. Welcoming us into the motoring art-lined lobby of his Mayfair home he appears more diminutive in person than the bolt-upright arms-straight hero of the nostalgic photographs on the walls.

A Maserati Birdcage in relief hangs high on one side above a unit packed with scrapbooks full of photographs, cuttings and letters: ‘The black ones are my social life, the green ones my racing,’ informs Sir Stirling in his soft, clipped, Wing Commander English, sliding back the glass door and reaching for one covering the first half of the 1960 racing season. The black albums, it has to be said, look just as well stocked…"

To read more, see the September 2009 issue of Classic Cars magazine, on sale now.

Subscribe to Classic Cars before August 26, 2009 and you’ll receive a free limited edition Peter Hearsey print of Sir Stirling in the Vanwall at the 1957 Italian Grand Prix, worth £35.

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