LAT Archive: Sir Stirling Moss retires

After 70 years in the public eye, one of the most versatile and loved drivers of all time has announced his retirement

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Following a year of ill health, Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from public life having announced plans to close his website.

The motorsport legend is regarded by many as one of the finest drivers ever to have lived. Whether it was in a grand prix car, at Le Mans or even on the Hollywood screen, he’s also considered among the most versatile – even if he never won the Formula 1 world title.

It’s an illustrious career that’s been captured throughout by LAT Images.

Silverstone, England. July 17, 1954. Stirling Moss races a Beart-Cooper MkVIIA in the 500cc grand prix support race and goes on to take victory.

Aintree, England. July 14-16, 1955. Stirling Moss leads Juan Manuel Fangio (both Mercedes-Benz W196) in first and second positions respectively at the finish.

Monte Carlo, Monaco. May 10-13, 1956. Aboard a Maserati 250F, Stirling Moss leads the way to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

Monte Carlo, Monaco. May 19, 1957. Eventual winner Juan Manuel Fangio (Maserati 250F) leads Stirling Moss (Vanwall VW3) and Peter Collins (Lancia-Ferrari D50). Moss and Collins would later retire.

Aintree, England. July 18-20, 1957. Stirling Moss wins at Aintree and is greeted after the race by Tony Brooks (far right) who gave up his Vanwall for Moss following an early retirement.

1961 Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. June 18, 1961. The GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) holds an impromptu meeting. Jim Clark (standing), Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory, Stirling Moss, Phil Hill and the late Dan Gurney are all in discussion.

Nürburgring, Germany. August 6, 1961. Stirling Moss (Lotus 18/21-Climax) gets air around the famous Nordschleife on his way to victory at the Green Hell.

Oaks Course, Nassau, Bahamas. December 10, 1961. Testament to his diversity, Stirling Moss (Ferrari 250GT SWB) wins in the 1961 Tourist Trophy race at Nassau.

British Grand Prix, preview photo call, Silverstone, England. May 31, 2013. Sir Stirling Moss and his Mercedes-Benz W196, and Lewis Hamilton and his 2013 Mercedes F1 challenger, are presented to the media.

Images courtesy of LAT Archive

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