Author Vic Quayle has sent us two important news announcements with a Stirling Moss connection.
The first is about Vic’s new book on the less well-known history of Stirling as a rally driver: “Stirling Moss – Rally Driver“. It has just been published by Herridge & Sons: herridgeandsons.com
ISBN 978-1-906133-93-1. 112 pages, Hardback. 270mm x 210mm. With 150 colour and black-and-white photos.
The front cover is shown above, and the back cover, listing the events covered in the book, is shown here:
The normal price is £30.00 but the book is currently available at an introductory price of £25.00. Pre-signed copies are available. Vic has given us this information about the book:
Best known for his extraordinary skills at the wheel of racing cars, Stirling Moss was also an extremely effective rally driver. He entered many rallies from the early 1950s on, usually achieving top ten results in a variety of makes, initially Sunbeam-Talbot and in later years Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Saab.
He very nearly won the Monte Carlo Rally at his first attempt in 1952, losing only narrowly to Sydney Allard, and then went on to join the exclusive club of rally drivers who won a coveted Coupe d’Or on the Alpine Rally, one of the toughest events in the calendar.
His contribution to pace notes, based on the technique used in his astounding Mille Miglia win with Denis Jenkinson, is told here, together with his abortive attempt at the East African Safari Rally with his brother- in-law, Eric Carlsson. Africa was not kind to Moss – he nearly died on another rally when stranded in a remote part of the Sahara Desert and was lucky to be rescued.
The cars he drove, the teams, the co-drivers, all are covered in this record of the amazing and often overlooked rally driving career of the legendary Stirling Moss.
The second is the announcement that Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey are planning to hold a Tribute Day for Sir Stirling, who was previously President of the Museum. This is planned for Sunday 23rd May 2021. It is hoped to have on display various cars he drove – racing and rally. Vic will send us more details in due course.