Stirling evening at Mount Murray
TONIGHT (Thursday, October 18) you have the chance to hear first-hand from true icon of British motor racing Sir Stirling Moss.
At a black tie dinner event designed to celebrate one of the greatest British motor racing drivers of our time, Sir Stirling Moss will talk about his love of motor racing and draw on highlights from a glittering career.
The event is the latest offering from the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club and is once again sponsored by HSBC.
Known during his career as ‘Mr Motor Racing’, Stirling became a professional driver in 1948 at the age of 18, racing a Cooper 500.
In 1955, he was signed by Mercedes-Benz to partner world champion Juan Manuel Fangio, whom he famously beat to win the British Grand Prix at Aintree. In that same year, he also won the epic 1,000 mile Mille Miglia road race, the Targa Florio road race and the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod.
For four years he finished runner-up in the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship, his sportsmanship at the Portuguese GP allowing Mike Hawthorn to win the 1958 Championship title by half a point at his expense.
Then, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he led the changeover to rear engined Formula 1 cars with the Cooper-Climax, while his victory in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, racing a Lotus 18 against the more powerful Ferraris, is still regarded as one of the best Formula 1 races ever.
During his remarkable career, he raced 107 different types of car, across all classes of motor sport. Out of the 375 competitive races in which he finished during his professional career, he won an astonishing 212 – more than one win in every two races.
Deciding to retire from professional motor racing following a near fatal accident at Goodwood in 1962, Stirling expanded his commercial interests with the same vigour that he employed when racing, particularly his property business which he runs to this day with his family.
Stirling is also well known for his love of design and the latest gadgets, and in 2009 the Stirling Moss brand was created.
And he continues to demonstrate the cars he raced and take part in car rallies.
A charity raffle will be held during the dinner, with all funds raised being donated to an island charity to be nominated by HSBC.
Earlier in the year the club’s British Lions night, featuring rugby players Willie John McBride, Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams, raised £1,165 for St John Ambulance.
The club’s John Wannenburgh said: ‘Sir Stirling Moss really is a true British legend, one of the original jet-setters, and remains in huge demand as a speaker at high profile events around the world today.
‘I’m sure he’ll have some fascinating tales to tell of a truly remarkable career.’
Tonight’s dinner takes place at the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club in Santon.
There are still some tickets left – £65 for members and £80 for non-members – available by calling 495749 or at john(at)sportinganddiningclub.com.
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