Sterling Moss Dies

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Motor racing has lost one of its favourite sons who had lived the quintessential life of the daring, debonair racing driving.  David Brown reflects on the passing of Sterling Moss.

Arguably Britain’s best loved motor racing driving, Sterling Moss has died at the age of 90.

His first professional race was in 1948 when he was 18 and his last was in 1962 when he crashed his Lotus and was put in a coma for a month.

He won 16 Grand Prix. His success was hampered because he  preferred to race British cars, stating, “Better to lose honourably in a British car than win in a foreign one”

Moss was runner-up four times and in third place the other three times.

He won 40% of the races he started in but more impressively he won 56% of the races in when his car did not break down.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto