The counts vary, but by any estimation Sir Stirling Moss was an incredibly successful racer. Let’s settle on more than 200 victories from almost 600 starts in his career. Yet how he won – and increasingly so as he and his amazing career matured – was as important to him as what he won.
Losses inevitably shaped him, too, as the subsequent list will hopefully attest; so, too, did following in leading Mercedes-Benz team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio’s wheel tracks.
The end result was a national treasure – from every schoolboy’s hero via sporting ambassador of global repute.
The winning of the 1955 Mille Miglia was Stirling’s greatest adventure and makes for the stuff of legend – but there were many other significant milestones, signposts and crossroads, both before and after, in the making and shaping of ‘Mr Motor Racing’ and his incomparable career.