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Stirling Moss: All My Races Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009
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About the Author
This book is the result of collaboration between Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Alan Henry, a highly experienced Formula 1 journalist who reports for The Guardian, Autocar and F1 Racing as well as being the long-time editor of Autocourse. Moss and Henry live in London and Essex respectively.
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The book is set out with each race titled, giving the date & track it was at as well as other little bits of information such as his final position he fastest laps. The format to which the book takes differs greatly from any book I've read thats of a biographical nature and it works very well and looks excellent within this large book's pages. Along with the race accounts are numerous pictures from either Moss's own collection or other 3rd parties, and each of them, from the 2 page spread of Moss racing at Monaco at the books beginning to the very last page is vibrant and excellent in detail.
This isn't a Biography of Stirling Moss's entire life, and concludes after a short paragraph explaining the aftermath of the Goodwood crash, so if it is a life bio your after then you'll have to look elsewhere or wait for Stirling to write one. What this book does offer is a great insight to the racing world through the post-war years through the 50's and beginning of the 60's. Excellent book for any motor enthusiast with a interest in the sport or this era.
This is an amazing book giving a real insight into the mentality of racing drivers in the post war era, the standard of the cars, the speeds they were driving and the races they took part in. This era of racing is a different world to what happens now. In some of the endurance races he was driving flat out for 8 hours with only stopping for fuel. Other times he'd be driving 6 different races in one weekend in completely different cars. The only reason he wore a crash helmet was because his dad told him to and they never wore a seatbelt as it was thought to be safer to be thrown from the car instead of being stuck in it! And you have to read the description of the Mille Miglia road race he took part in several times and won in 1955 in a Mercedes with an average speed of 97.95 mph - on a road race through the Italian mountains!!!!
I have always thought that Stirling Moss was the best driver who ever lived without winning the Formula 1 title and having read this book he is now one of my all time heros!
I'm lucky enough to have been around to watch Stirling and most of his contemporaries negotiating the perimiter tracks of our old wartime airfields. How great it is to have a record straight from the horses mouth. Brings back many memories ,and a smile to the face.
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