Pat Moss, 1934-2008

Former rally driver Pat Moss died on 14 October at the age of 73, after a long illness

Pat Moss, 1934-2008

The younger sister of Formula One legend Stirling Moss, she was a major star of rallying in the late 1950s and 1960s - not only winning countless ladies' class honours, but beating her male opposition to outright victories and podiums.

At first Moss's rallying exploits were a secondary consideration around her successful showjumping career, but by 1955 she was picking up factory drives and starting to make a real impact in the rallying world.

Outright fourth places in the gruelling RAC and Liege-Rome-Liege Rallies in 1958 showed just what Moss was capable of, and helped secure the first of her five Ladies' European Rally Championship titles.

She would later take a stunning overall victory in the 1960 Liege event in a Healey, a success she would repeat in the 1962 German and Tulip rallies, driving a Mini Cooper.

Other career highlights included third place in her first attempt at the legendary Safari Rally in 1962, and similar results in the 1962 RAC and 1965 Monte Carlo Rallies.

Moss, who married fellow rally driver Erik Carlsson in 1963 and later co-authored a book - The Art and Technique of Driving - with him, continued competitive rallying into the early 1970s, by which time the birth of her daughter Suzy had restricted her to occasional appearances.

She will be remembered as one of the finest female drivers the sport of rallying has seen, and an icon of 1960s motorsport.

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