Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Sir Stirling Moss dies at 90

Last weekend British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did never won the World Championship - "which made him special", as he said himself. He retired from active racing at the top level in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood, which kept him in a coma for weeks and partially paralyzed for months. After that he continued to show up behind the wheel at racing and rallying events throughout the world up until some 10 years ago.

After his active motor sports career he was involved in a number of Mini based cars, too, no doubt being a dream promotor for their manufacturers. He got involved with Ogle Design and was seen promoting the Ogle SX250 and SX1000 in London and even showed up behind Ogle's drawing board to design his own (Ford-based) dream car. Next, he did the testing for Rob Walker's MiniSprint, who was keen enough to place a photograph of the car being driven in anger by Moss on the cover of its brochure. He was also seen with the Unipower GT and driving the TiCi around busy London traffic in 1972 with dolly birds in and around the car. And once again the pictures were eagerly used for marketing purposes.

Moss in 1972 in central London. He helped to promote the TiCi City car
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Sir Stirling was also involved in Ogles. Seen here with two SX1000s and an SX250
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In March 1963 he was even mentioned as an associate director to the company
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Seen here in a unique photograph behind the drawing board at Ogle Design
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Slightly later he was seen with the MiniSprint racer, here with Geoff Thomas and Neville Trickett
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He even made it to the cover of the Walker GT MiniSprint brochure 
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Always happy to give a hand in promotion - here with the Unipower GT and the lovely Monika Dietrich at the 1967 London Racing Car Show
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