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All His Races: Jewish Driving Superstar Sir Stirling Moss

Having recently, at the age of 80, survived a three-story fall down the lift shaft of his Mayfair home, Sir Stirling Moss will be around to publicize his new autobiography “All My Races.”

The authorized biography of this legendary racing driver (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002) explains how Moss was born in London in 1929 to a Jewish family (his grandfather changed his last name from Moses to Moss to better assimilate). Sir Stirling’s gritty new book further celebrates the courageous and insatiable drive which made him into a driver whom some aficionados still consider the greatest of all time.

Moss’s father, a Jewish dentist and part-time racing driver himself instilled physical courage in the boy, who was bullied at school for being Jewish. Never mentioning the bullying to his parents, Moss instead used it as motivation to succeed.

The sheer number and variety of racing formats enumerated in “All My Races” is astounding, as is Moss’ oft-stated regret at having retired “too early.”

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