Racing titan Stirling Moss has officially announced his retirement from racing at the tender young age of 81 years old. Moss was originally scheduled to race his 1961 Porsche RS61 in a Le Mans Legends race this weekend, but announced that he was leaving racing after an incident on track. That same car was damaged at Laguna Seca when Moss spun and was struck by a competing Lotus.

The four-time Formula 1 runner up said that he scared himself while behind the wheel during practice. Since he had always promised that he would give up the game if he felt that he wasn't up to competition or that he was holding up the other competitors, that's exactly what he did. He made the decision in the pit lane at Le Mans.

Moss got his start behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper 500 in 1948 at 18 years old, and would later go on to pilot the infamous Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia.


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      goober1424
      • 3 Years Ago
      The greatest driver never to win the World Championship. Without question, Sir Moss is one of my greatest idols.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very respectable decision. You can see his own words here: http://993c4s.com/porsche-motorsports/sir-stirling-moss-retires/ They seem to convey his spirit much better
      PaulElliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      p.s. You can still out drive me without a doubt.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bravo, Sir Moss. You will continue to be one of the greats.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'd be nice if more old people would quit driving in general.
      PaulElliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love ya Sterling! I'm glad that you have made the choice on your own terms. God bless!
      Drew Olmsted
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just a "Cooper 500". The Mini Cooper didn't exist in 1948
      autoplaybook
      • 3 Years Ago
      Correction: Moss couldn't have had his start in a Mini Cooper 500 in 1948. The Mini wasn't out until 1959.
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoplaybook
        Agree with jonnybimmer on both counts. The article pic is, I believe, him in a Cooper 500. It definitely says something about his mental clarity when he can decide to retire after 63 years from racing and with only a few days before his run in Le Mans Legends.
        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoplaybook
        I'm an idiot. The picture is him in the Mercedes Benz W196.
      Jason Vogel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mini Cooper 1948???
      jbenderhof
      • 3 Years Ago
      what was it that was "infamous" about the 300 SLR?
        qfiske
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbenderhof
        The Mercedes-Benz 300SLR was involved in the 1955 accident at LeMans. The car was launched into the crowd on the front straight. Some say as many as 100 people were killed, but the exact figure has never been released. Moss was sharing another of the team cars with Fangio, but was not at the wheel at the time. Fangio missed the accident by a narrow margin.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbenderhof
        There's a thing called "Google" y'know...
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not so tough to give up on racing although he's been racing cars for so many years. Now, when his wife or SO prys the street car keys from his cold dead fingers...that's another story.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stud
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