A ‘Stirling’ recovery!

By Oscar Joseph

During a week when the terms F1 Legend and F1 Hero are being used to describe today’s drivers I thought I’d ‘bring you up to speed’ (excuse the pun) with one of my own.

Someone asked me in conversation recently if I knew how Sir Stirling Moss was doing after his serious accident in which he suffered two broken ankles, four broken bones to his foot, skin abrasions and four chipped vertebrae after falling down a lift shaft when the door malfunctioned. As you’ll see he’s pretty much fully recovered!

Since the accident which happened in March 2010 Stirling has:

Purchased a $1.7 million Porsche RS61 Spyder as a 30th wedding anniversary present.

Been interviewed by BBC F1 anchor man Jake Humphrey regarding his recovery, his attitude to life, his victories and the 2010 F1 season.

Been presented with a memento of his 1960 GP victory in Monaco by Lotus Cars & Clive Chapman (son of Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman).

Attended and driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Recorded ‘Hammond meets Moss’ where he talks candidly with Top Gear presenter Richard ‘Hamster’ Hammond about his rehabilitation after his racing accidents.

Attended a charity polo day for his charity Hope For Tomorrow in which £60,000 was raised. Stirling who is the charities patron unveiled a new mobile chemotherapy unit which will be used in partnership with NHS Somerset.

Provided the foreword for the RAC’s Annual Report on Motoring.

Opened the Mobility Road show in Peterborough.

Presented Lord Astor of Hever with the Most Outstanding Personal Contribution to the Motor sport Industry Award at the MIA’s annual summer reception at the House of Lords.

Attended Austria’s Ennstal Classic Car Rally where he was joined by Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard Gerhard Berger and Derek Bell. Whilst at the rally Sterling took place in the drivers parade as a passenger in a 4.5L Maserati.

Raced his OSCA FS327 in the RAC Woodcote Trophy.

Filmed a piece for the BBC’s The One Show which investigated the controversy surrounding the governments decision to axe funding for speed cameras.

Spoke on BBC’s HARD talk radio station about the Ferrari controversy in the German GP.

Appeared on the BBC’s Click programme discussing today’s technology being used by older generations.

Raced at the Monterey Motor sports Reunion at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca – California.

Opened the 2010 Chelsea AutoLegends event staged at the Royal Hospital – Chelsea.

Raced his OSCA FS327 at the Oulton Park Gold Cup Event.

Attended the Eco-Car Spectacular at The Mall – Prince Charles’ Garden Party.

Raced his OSCA FS327 in the Madgwick Cup at the Goodwood Revival.

Attended the inaugural Santa Fe Concorso

Appeared as a guest judge at Australia’s Motorclassica – the country’s new classic motor show held in Melbourne.

Appeared on the BBC’s Inside Out North West programme which traced the history of the Aintree Circuit and its significance to British motor racing and F1.

Appeared on ESPNF1 discussing his regret at never raced for Ferrari.

All the above has been achieved by Stirling only eight months after his serious accident detailed above. A truly ‘stirling’ effort I think you’ll agree.

Oh, and before I forget…. He continues to narrate ‘Rory the Racing Car’ – a children’s programme which you should definitely check out if you’re not familiar with it and he’s recently celebrated his 81st birthday!

Sir Stirling Moss – A true racing legend.

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