• Mar 8, 2010

Sir Stirling Moss and his carbon fiber elevator – Click above to watch video after the jump

Reports are flooding our inbox this morning that Sir Stirling Moss, one of the most decorated drivers in all of motorsport, was injured falling down a lift shaft in his London home. Moss reportedly fell three floors down the shaft when the doors opened while the lift itself was still one floor above. The 80-year-old racing legend is said to have broken both ankles and four bones in his feet, though he is OK and expected to recover from his injuries in about six weeks.

Now, you may be wondering why Moss has a lift in his home. Remember, "lift" in the UK means "elevator" in the U.S., and the elevator in Moss' home is unlike any other. Let us take you back to June 2009. That month we reported about Moss' swank London home that's outfitted with such crazy contraptions as a giant tray that lowers from the ceiling to deliver dinner in front of the television, a remote-controlled jacuzzi tub and an automated inbox/outbox in his office. The report's real gem, however, was Moss' carbon fiber elevator that was designed especially for him by the Williams F1 team at the time.

While no reports of the accident mention anything about a carbon fiber elev... err, lift, being what Moss took his tumble down, we can't imagine he has two lifts in his house. Follow the jump for video of the carbon fiber elev... dammit... lift in action, and beware F1 teams bearing gifts.

[Source: The Independent]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wishing him a speedy recovery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Surprised noone has harped on him for stepping into a lift shaft without making sure the lift was there first.

      but I would have probably done the same thing too. I get absent minded (multitask) and go into autopilot, as I am sure all of us do at one point or another
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW! His home has 4+?? floors. If anyone deserves it, he does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did no one see the 'GIRL' switch? Now that is what I'm talking about, flip that switch and the SPOT and LAMP switch and your set!


      *I realize that it probably means something else but it still caught my eye and got a little chuckle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man this video is weird...feel like I'm watching the elderly, English version of Cribs. In all seriousness though, that elevator looks scary as heck to ride even when it's actually there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good eyes, I saw this video once and didn't even spot that switch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A guy who has won the Mille Miglia should not have it all end in an elevator shaft. I am glad Stirling will be OK.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's what you get when you get an F1 team to design your elevator and not OTIS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He looks great for his age. Must be the decades of hard training.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Post of the day, and it's only 10 AM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! He is 80yr old, fell 3 floors!, broke both ankles and four bones in his legs.. but will still make a recovery in 6-weeks? Hope it's true and he makes a speedy recovery - albeit it'd be surprising to make such a speedy recovery from such injuries at such an advanced age!

      Good luck and best wishes grandpa!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How unfortunate. I hope he recovers soon enough.