Racing Legends - Sir Stirling Moss
In this first of a new BBC 2 series called Racing Legends, Sir Patrick Stewart profiles his childhood hero, the legendary British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss. Together they explore Stirling’s career as a racing driver of incredible skill who up held sportmanship, refering to the 1958 Formula 1 season when his sporting attitude to arch-rival Mike Hawthorne effectively cost him the that year's world championship.
Not that Stirling was a saint. Out of hours, he was your original 1950's playboy, ever ready to “meet the crumpet and have fun”, he recalls. The life of a racing driver then was, he reckons, “as good a life as anyone could ask for”, though it took a near-fatal turn with his career-ending crash at Goodwood in 1962. They discuss the effects of the crash and why it may just have been the best ever thing that happened to Stirling. Stewart drives a Vanwall Formula 1 car at the scene of Stirling's historic 1957 British Grand Prix victory at Aintree, a place that brings back special memories for Stirling.
They also drive cars together from Stirling's racing heyday, including a Mercedes 300 SL gullwing, which they pilot along the route of the famous Mille Miglia road race in Italy, the scene of one of Stirling's most famous victories in 1955.