One of the greatest racers of all times died on Easter Sunday morning: Sir Stirling Moss was 89 years old.
Sir Stirling Moss ans his wife Lady Susie have been the ambassadors of our event from the very beginning. In the course of the years a true friendship has developped. Stirling had the Ennstal always in his luggage. He once wrote an article in the FINANCIAL TIMES under the headline "My favourite drive" about his Ennstal-Classic participation in 2000 where he drove a Jaguar C-Type: " The Jag was miraculous, we driftet through hairpin bends and were enlivened by the local audience with cowbells."
He also wrote - and you could feel the fire that burned inside of him at that time in evey word: " We drove for 12 hours, every mountain pass up and down and only stopped for coffee and Schnitzel!" They were so enthusiastic that Stirling called the owner of the car afterwards and bought it.
Stirling was born in 1929 and he drove everything: Cooper-JAP, HMW, Jaguar, Austin Healey, ERA, Cooper-Alta, Connaught, Ferguson, MG, Maserati, Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche, Cooper-Climax, Vanwall, Aston Martin and Lotus. He was the only one who could challenge and win against Fangio. He was an absolute phenomenon concerning car control and braking technique.
He was vice-world-champion in 1955, 56, 57 and 1958 but never world-champion. He started 68 times in the Formula I, won 16 times and had 16 pole positions.
Between 1948 and 1962 he drove 466 races and won 194 times. Stirling has certainly been the best and most universal racer of all times and the first true pro with a manager and a private jet.
He has been our friend and we will never forget him.