William Wallace, Morrison shelters, Yehudi Menuhin, and UKIP. Such is the breadth of references Richard Williams brings to his Stirling Moss story, a difficult subject to tackle such a short time after the great man’s death and the outpouring of memories and articles about him.
Can there be anything new to say about the man who earned himself the title Mr Motor Racing? Let’s have a look.
First promising sign – it doesn’t begin with our hero’s birth. Instead Williams describes delivering to the Moss home in 2017 the last trophy ‘The Boy’ would ever win, presented in absentia at Pescara 60 years after his Vanwall victory there. Disappointingly Susie is occupied with Stirling at that moment and he has to hand the trophy to a nurse and walk away. It’s an emotional human detail that sets the tone.