Une biographie à la hauteur du plus grand des pilotes britannique couvrant une période allant de sa naissance jusqu'à 1955. Ce livre retrace notamment sa victoire au Mille Miglia au volant d'une Mercedes-Benz 300SLR et sa première victoire en Grand-Prix. Au delà de la course automobile, l'ouvrage donne une image vibrante de l'époque, du personnage, de ses tragédies et ses aventures en démontant au passage certaines légendes et mythes affilliées au pilote.
Cette biographie est probablement la plus documentée dans le monde des ouvrages auto.
- A biography worthy of Britain's greatest racing driver
- Covering period from birth up to end of 1955
- Concludes with the glory of his first Grand Prix win
- Includes his extraordinary victory in the Mille Miglia in the
- Mercedes-Benz 300SLR
- Features many quotes from Moss and his contemporaries
- More than just motor racing, this amazing book paints a vivid picture
- which includes the tragedies, the characters, the period scene and the crumpet!
- Written by one of the world's leading motoring authors
Stirling Moss is one of the greatest sportsman of all time. He
was successful in all forms of motor sport but most particularly in
Grand Prix racing. The 'Beckham of his era', Moss not only dominated the
back pages of the newspapers but regularly made the front pages with
his glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle in the '50s. He raced hard; he
played hard. He was the James Bond of motorsport.
Here, at last, is a serious biography worthy of the great man, a
sporting icon who was a hero to many a schoolboy. One such was author,
Debunking myths, correcting many mistakes and adding much new
information, including previously unrecorded races, this is probably the
most deeply researched motoring biography ever written.
Porter is the author of around 30 books, including several on
motor racing and four written with Moss, but this is the book he always
wanted to write. Two years' research has gone into this first volume of
two, that digs far deeper than any book previously published. Indeed, it
is the most in-depth book ever published on a racing driver, and
probably any motoring personality and very possibly any sportsman or
woman who has lived.
This book, though, is no dry account. It is spiced with humour,
tragedy and period flavour with liberal doses of quotes from Moss
himself and his contemporaries, many of whom Porter has interviewed over
The story is an extraordinary one. Starting out as a youth with
precocious ability, young Stirling quickly caught the eye when racing
the little 500cc racing cars invented just after the war. He soon
ventured abroad where they laughed at his little racing car – until he
beat them. He became the British Champion at 21 when most drivers were
in their 30s, 40s or even 50s. He patriotically insisted on driving
British cars and the gallant crusader took on, often matched and
sometimes beat the foreign cars with their more powerful engines.
Admirable patriotism nearly ruined his promising career until he was
forced to compromise such principles and quickly revived his career and
showed he could beat the very best at the highest levels. In the final
year covered by Vol 1, he won his first Grand Prix and such sports car
classics as the Tourist Trophy, the Targa Florio and the Mille Miglia,
all amazing achievements but that in the Mille Miglia has gone down as
one of the greatest feats in all sport.
Here, in fascinating, authoritative detail is the ultimate work
on arguably the greatest all-round driver the world has yet known, a
book worthy of a great man.