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  • Graham Dalley

    I don’t come from a ‘motor racing ’family as such. my father was an avid fan of racing travelling all over the country to watch and photograph his passion. and was a huge fan of Mike’s, but for the fact his brother was named Michael I as his first born would probably have been named ‘Mike’, I ended up being named after another of my dad’s heroes Graham Hill.
    Living in Sussex a stones throw from Goodwood dad visited the circuit many times, he followed Mike’s career from start to finish. Dad was always pleased to see photos I’d taken from the modern Goodwood events Dad always maintained that although his hero Mike had won the title, he had much admiration for Stirling Moss who would most probably have won the drivers title had it not been for his intervention on Mike’s behalf when Mike was threatened with a penalty for reversing on the track during the Portuguese GP. Thanks largely to Moss’s defence Hawthorn kept the six points for second and went on to beat Moss to the title by a point despite only winning one race to Moss’ four that year… Different times, different people.

  • Michael K Brown

    I read this story out loud to my parents, 80 and 78. My father used to race in the 50’s and my mother-who met Stirling Moss when he cane into the office she worked in when her father was the general manager of Lubin (heavy equipment replacement parts) and he was racing for him. My parents remember both of these men well and this story brought out many memories. I myself drive an M6 highly modified. History is never far from us.

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