Stirling Moss: A Definitive Biography – Review

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. Stirling Moss: The Definitive Biography, Volume 1The ‘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.

This new work is, to say the least, a serious biography. Author Philip Porter, a personal friend of Sir Stirling, has composed a detailed history of the man. From his parents and their automotive exploits down to the registration numbers of various cars, this new book is encyclopedic in its coverage. But it is no dry account. Just as his life, book 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 years.

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.

Here, in fascinating, authoritative and exhaustive detail is the ultimate work on arguably the greatest all-round driver the world has yet known, a book worthy of a great man.

Title: Stirling Moss: A Definitive Biography : Volume 1
Author: Philip Porter
Publisher: Porter Press International
Publication Date: November 2016
Pages: 672
ISBN: 1907085335
Price£35.00  $45.00

 

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