Get well soon Sir Stirling Moss

Martin Bulgin

Jul 19, 2008
I didnt know where to put this, Sir Stirling Moss fell down a lift shaft at his home and is in hospital, I have copied this from Joe Sawards site.

Sir Stirling Moss suffered a serious accident at home over the weekend when a lift malfunction at his house resulted in the doors of the lift opening when it was at a different floor. Sadly, Sir Stirling fell three floors inside the lift shaft and suffered two broken ankles and several other broken bones in the foot. There was some damage to his vertebrae but not internal injuries. He was admitted to the London Hospital and then moved yesterday following the intervention of Professor Sid Watkins to the Princess Grace Hospital, where he was operated upon. It is hoped that he will be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit later today and Lady Moss reports that he is in remarkably good spirits and already complaining about the size and quality of the hospital breakfast.
Moss (80) is always considered to have been the greatest F1 driver never to win the World Championship. he raced in F1 between 1954 and 1962, when his career ended with a bad crash at Goodwood. He suffered serious head injuries. He was knighted for his extraordinary service to the sport in January 2000.
Moss is best remembered for his behaviour in 1958 when his sporting attitude cost him the World Championship when he stood up for rival Mike Hawthorn, who faced a penalty in Portugal that would, in retrospect, have denied him the points that he needed to beat Moss. Stirling never for one moment entertained any thought of gaining an advantage in such a way, and in any case his natural sense of justice would not have allowed him to see Hawthorn unjustly penalised. So he stepped forward to defend him. Hawthorn subsequently went on to beat Moss by a mere point, even though he had only won one race that year to Moss’s four. That was sufficient to make Mike Hawthorn Britainís first World Champion.


Add my best wishes and hope of an early recovery

This came as quite a shock.
That is a serious fall, and we are all lucky the Sir Stirling was not even more seriously injured.
It is good to hear that the Prof has been brought in. Stirling is in good hands.

Get well soon.


Sep 23, 2008
He has left a message:
To all my friends (and all those who are kind enough to care),

Dear All of You,

The last few days have been quite fantastic and i'd like to thank each and every one of you for your kind thoughts, messages and other paraphernalia.

On Saturday evening, I was at home with Susie, Elliot and Helen and about to leave for a Curry, for which we were running late.

I asked Helen to join me in the lift to go downstairs, because Susie and Elliot were smart enough not to ride in my lift. I opened the door and stepped into the lift, with Helen ready to follow me, which she never did. That is because the lift had stopped on the floor above and incorrectly allowed the door beneath it to open.

Still chatting to Helen, I stepped into the open doorway-- and fell to the bottom of the lift shaft.

The ambulance was called and arrived at racing speed, whereupon they put me onto a series of about 10 stretchers! Having finally settled on what must have seemed a good one, I was taken, along with my family to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where they used another batch of similar stretchers!

They did a good job of helping me, but were unable to do the requisite surgery. So, on the Sunday, I was moved to the Princess Grace, where a fantastically efficient, kind and amusing staff did all the jobs.

I am now in a lovely room, number 222, and with the help of Elliot and the porter, am finally on the email. That does not mean that I will be able to actually send this to you, but I will try!

Now for the future... which I can see with Susie, Helen and Elliot around me, is going to be a bloody struggle!

As some of you may know, Susie and I are booked on a seaborne cruise for our 30th Anniversary, next month. I have to cross the hurdle of getting the doctors, and family hangers-on, to allow me to thin my blood, in order to avoid any issues involving deep vein thrombosis.

It will be six to eight weeks from Sunday before i will able to put any load on my feet. Therefore I'm facing my sixth or seventh reduction to a wheelchair (Susie says she's stopped counting) which I must admit, is rather boring. The good news is; that I didn't sell the wheelchair after the last shunt!

The whole thing is a real pain in the arse, if I had looked where I was going, I wouldn't be here at all, so It's my own damn fault.

I have been absolutely overwhelmed by your collective concern and kindness.

I can tell you that currently I'm lying in hospital, taking deep breaths, lifting one arm with the other, raising my legs (with plasters on the end) and doing all I can do to keep myself as mobile as possible, but, having said that, I'm not yet winning the battle.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to go home but the lift has to work, otherwise I'll never be able to get upstairs in my wheelchair, maybe I'll go and stay with Helen And Elliot for a while...

This really has opened my eyes to how kind all my friends are, over an old ex-racing driver, flogging a fading image!

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Many thanks for all of your thoughts,

Ciao Stirling Moss