Remembering the last driver to transcend his sport
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Remembering the last driver to transcend his sport

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On May 14 1961, the late Stirling Moss achieved what is rightly considered to be not just his greatest victory, but also one of the finest drives of all time. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the magnificence of 'Mr Motor Racing', who passed away last month

"Rest in peace, racer," was how Mario Andretti signed off his message of condolence, and nothing would have pleased Stirling Moss more. For one thing, he saw Mario as a kindred spirit more than anyone else; for another, he would have seen his words as an ultimate accolade.

"It was easy," said Moss, "for me to understand how Mario went on racing as long as he did, however much he had in the bank. That man was a racer, like Gilles Villeneuve was a racer. And like I was, I think..." For all his artistry, his countless victories, it was on this that he most prided himself.

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