As many of us, I was saddened to hear of Sir Sterling Moss’s passing the other day. A true legend of the sport.
This article I read today was very interesting to me from a driver/coach perspective:
I’m really into vintage (or all eras of) grand prix stuff, and I have a great coffee table book I got at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Germany that is a collection of interesting anecdotes and stunning photos from early grand prix racing through the 50s and 60s. I think the 50s and 60s era is especially interesting from a driving technique perspective, as the cars were very simple, distilled right down to an engine and a rudimentary chassis, on glorified bicycle tires. Not too dissimilar to some aspects of modern karting. Reading Sir Moss’s notes in that interview, I can’t help but connect a lot of his feelings about driving to the sensations you get in a kart; universal laws that all racing drivers abide by or try to find the limits of.
Sometimes I worry about younger kids I work with who have zero interest in the history of karting or motorsport in general. They don’t know who Fangio is or haven’t got a clue about Nuvolari. I think knowing the history of this stuff is not only interesting, but really educational for aspiring drivers. I think driving back then was much more seat-of-the-pants, or spiritual, or metaphysical in some way; not as much driven by data and hard numbers. Very raw. Just a cool era in the sport, and a nice reminder of it with all the tributes to Sterling this week.