Sir Stirling Moss

I’m not so sure how many of you read the small print at the back of Slipstream, but you may have noticed that Sir Stirling Moss was our President. Not that we had much contact with him over the years, but as a much admired figurehead in motor sports it was very sad to hear of his death at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness.

“It was one lap too many, he just closed his eyes,” said his wife Lady Moss.

He was widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship. He retired from public life in January 2018 because of ongoing health problems.

Moss’ former team Mercedes said motorsport had “lost not only a true icon and a legend, but a gentleman”, while 1996 F1 champion Damon Hill said Moss “launched all the other careers of British racing drivers who went on to become world champions”.

Three-time F1 world champion Jackie Stewart, who came into the sport shortly after Moss’ retirement in 1961, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He walked like a racing driver should walk, he talked like a racing driver, he looked like a racing driver and he set a standard that I think has been unmatched since he retired.”

Moss won 16 of the 66 F1 races he competed in from 1951 to 1961 and became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree. He famously lost out on the F1 title in 1958 to compatriot Mike Hawthorn after vouching for his rival and preventing him being disqualified when he was accused of reversing on track in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix.

British GP 1957
By Terry Whalebone from Bolton, UK – VanwellCC BY 2.0Link

Four times a runner-up in the F1 drivers’ championship, he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1961 and was knighted in 2000.

Together with his fine F1 career, Moss was regarded as a motor racing all-rounder and racked up a total of 212 victories in all categories.

Mercedes SLR 1977

By Lothar Spurzem – Originally from de.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.0 deLink

Background image (top) from Sky Sports

He was an outstanding rally driver and in 1955 set a new course record in winning the famous Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race around Italy. He managed 1,000 miles in 10hrs 7mins and 48secs, which made his average speed just 2mph off 100mph. Even by today’s standards, it was an astonishing achievement.

Alongside him throughout was Motor Sport’s continental correspondent, Denis Jenkinson, who translated written instructions on the route into hand signals.

Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.

However, he continued to race in historic cars and legends events until the age of 81.

TVAM President Sir Stirling Moss

It was with great sadness that we learnt over the Easter weekend that Sir Stirling Moss, President of our Club had died after a long illness at the age of 90 years. Sir Stirling had been president since the early days of TVAM in the late 1980’s and we were proud of the association we had with such a figurehead in motor sport. We thank him for his support over the years.

Our thoughts are naturally with his family at this sad time.

Times Past 2

Another BAM (Basingstoke Advanced Motorcyclists) photo for you to ponder. This has come via Robin Crane:

Basingstoke Advanced Motorcyclists

Click on the image for the full-sized version.

Robin Crane up front and centre with his “Chief Observer’s Notepad” (do we still have these?).

Who are the others and what was the occasion? (Use the Comments section below)

Times Past… (Update 29-May-2012)

As the recently appointed “Club Historian” (OK, all I did was volunteer to gather and write up the history of TVAM for the “About Us” page on the website), I have here the first of many (I hope) contributions and am looking for info on this picture.

Basingstoke Advanced Motorcyclists Beech Hill Village Hall 1991

Kindly provided by Tony Roper, it shows a meeting of the “Basingstoke Advanced Motorcyclists”, sometime in summer 1991 at Beech Hill Village Hall.

If anyone recognises themselves, their friends, their bikes or their friend’s bikes, please let me know at or post a comment below.

More old photos and anecdotes required please!


Update: 29th May 2012 (from Robin Crane)

The Red Laverda RGS1000 that you can see in the drive (albeit obscured by someone admiring it!) is mine. I think the person who is obscuring it (back to camera) is Jan Janiurek, and it’s his Ducati (750 sport) which is parked tail to nose with my Laverda.

Just to the right of Jan, and to the right with purple-y top and hands in rear pockets I do believe is Jane Janiurek, Jan’s wife.

They were both Observers whilst I was Chief Observer.

The silver BMW “brick” on the left was Ian Garrard’s and has Bob Pearse leant over it looking at a map (black/red/white jacket) – and I think that’s Ian (that you can’t see!) next to him – I remember the grey top section of his jacket, which you can see . Bob was my assistant Chief Observer for a while…….

Behind and to the right of the Ducati is Nigel Fowler (in shirtsleeves) holding a notepad, with his son Mark and I’m pretty sure that’s me with dark glasses that he’s talking to (with the flash of blue/white something around neck). This is probably taken at a time when Nigel was still Chief Observer.