British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90 following a long illness.

British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90 following a long illness.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship.

Moss retired from public life in January 2018 because of ongoing health problems.

“It was one lap too many, he just closed his eyes,” said his wife Lady Moss.Obituary: ‘Sir Stirling Moss – the man who personified motorsport’

Moss previously spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016.

He won 16 of the 66 F1 races he competed in from 1951 to 1961.

He became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree.

Moss famously lost out on the F1 title in 1958 to compatriot Mike Hawthorn after vouching for his rival and preventing him being disqualified when he was accused of reversing on track in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix.

Sir Stirling Moss to retire

Sir Stirling Moss to retire from public life after illness. Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retirefrom public life following a long illness. A statement from his son said Moss had made the decision because of his “slow recovery” from health problems.

2018 Motor Racing Legends Calendar Announced featuring the Stirling Moss Trophy

Motor Racing Legends has unveiled an exciting 2018 racing calendar which will be focused on the major international classic events and topped by visiting Thruxton in June to celebrate the Hampshire circuit’s 50th Anniversary.

The five premier racing series which come under the highly respected Motor Racing Legends banner include the Historic Touring Car Challenge, Tony Dron Trophy, Pre-War Sports Car Series along with the highly competitive Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-’61 Sports Racing cars and, the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for original pre-’56 Sports cars.

The season starts at the Donington Historic Festival on May 4-6 and all five series get the opportunity to race at this premier international historic meeting.
Changes to the calendar include a visit to the Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 2-3rd for the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy and the Historic Touring Car Challenge incorporating the Tony Dron Trophy.

The Historic Touring Car Challenge and Tony Dron Trophy also make a return to the Silverstone Classic on July 20-22, a repeat of the hugely popular 2016 race which saw a packed grid take to the Historic Grand Prix circuit and we also return to the Oulton Park Gold Cup on August 27th

The Spa Six Hour meeting in September 14-16 will feature a combined Stirling Moss Trophy and Woodcote Trophy grid and we are delighted that the Pre-War Sports Cars will return to the Ardennes for the first time since 2009!

Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire commented “We are excited about our inaugural visit to Thruxton in the summer to help them celebrate this milestone anniversary and I am thrilled to announce the Pre-War Sports Cars will race at Spa Francorchamps as part of the Spa Six Hour event in 2018. I do hope all our Pre-War Sports Car competitors will be able to come out and support this fantastic opportunity.”

All our grids will be out in force at the Donington Historic Festival and I am delighted to see the HTCC return to Silverstone Classic.”

2018 Provisional Calendars:

May 4th – 6th       Donington Historic Festival

Pre-War Sports Cars
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy
Stirling Moss Trophy
Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

June 2nd & 3rd     Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy
Stirling Moss Trophy
Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

July 20th – 22nd   Silverstone Classic

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy
Stirling Moss Trophy
Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

August 27th         Oulton Park Gold Cup

Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

September 14th – 16th     Spa Six Hours

Pre-War Sports Cars
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy
Stirling Moss Trophy

October 19th – 21st           Algarve Classic Festival

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy
Stirling Moss Trophy
Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

Pre-War  Sports Cars

May 4th – 6th       Donington Historic Festival
September 14th – 16th     Spa Six Hours

Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy

May 4th – 6th       Donington Historic Festival
June 2nd & 3rd     Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 20th – 22nd   Silverstone Classic
September 14th – 16th     Spa Six Hours
October 19th – 21st           Algarve Classic Festival

Stirling Moss Trophy

May 4th – 6th       Donington Historic Festival
June 2nd & 3rd     Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 20th – 22nd   Silverstone Classic
September 14th – 16th     Spa Six Hours
October 19th – 21st           Algarve Classic Festival

Historic Touring Car Challenge & Tony Dron Trophy

May 4th – 6th       Donington Historic Festival
June 2nd & 3rd     Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 20th – 22nd   Silverstone Classic
August 27th          Oulton Park Gold Cup
October 19th – 21st           Algarve Classic Festival