'Sex is extremely important to me. It is part of the joy of living': Under the microscope with Sir Stirling Moss
The racing star, 82, on his biggest indulgences, being teetotal till he was 32 and why he's never done any formal fitness training in his life
'I haven't got quite the same appetite that I once had,' said Sir Stirling Moss
CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS
I go up them two at a time. My house in Mayfair has six levels and of course I do have a lift, but I haven’t used it since a bad fall in the spring of 2010. The door opened at the wrong time and I fell three floors, breaking both ankles. I had to use a wheelchair to get about for three months. It was very tough, especially as I couldn’t travel — and my wife Susie and I travel a lot.
Chocolate. I probably should cut down, but then I enjoy life! One has to have fun. The same goes for sex — that is still extremely important to me. I haven’t got quite the same appetite that I once had. But it is part of the joy of living.
DO MUCH EXERCISE
I have never done any formal fitness training in my life. When I was racing I was very, very fit and weighed about 11st (I’m 5ft 7in). In those days, races were three hours long and I was doing 52 races a year, so I burned off all the calories. Now I weigh about 12st 8lb — a bit overweight, but if you’re reasonably fit I don’t think a few extra pounds make that much difference.
GET YOUR FIVE A DAY
I love fruit and vegetables and unlike most people I love sprouts. We have a varied diet, but eat more meat than fish. It might be good for the brain but at my age, the door is closed already on that. I haven’t got a good memory any more. It’s very annoying.
'My face was never damaged that much from car crashes, although my eye fell out when I had the terrible crash that left me in a coma for a month,' said Stirling (above in 1950)
DO YOU DRINK
was teetotal until I was 32. Then I married my second wife (Susie is
number three) and she’d say: ‘Come and relax and have a drink.’ I
thought: ‘This isn’t bad!’ Now I drink about half a bottle of Chardonnay
POP ANY PILLS
I take something for my joints called Osteo Bi-Flex and Aprovel tablets to keep my blood pressure down. I’m on eye drops just now because I have just had laser eye surgery to improve my vision and it’s fantastic. Jackie Stewart told me about it.
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED
Only my adenoids and appendix and my prostate in 2001, when I had cancer, from which I have happily recovered well.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
No I wouldn’t. Funnily enough, my face was never damaged that much from car crashes, although my eye fell out when I had the terrible crash that left me in a coma for a month in 1962. I think they popped it back there and then. I hope they washed it first.
Like to live for ever 'If I could have Susie with me – yes,' said Stirling of his wife
Scarlet fever when I was ten. It was pretty bad, and then when I was 11 I got a chill on my kidneys which turned into nephritis — a very serious kidney infection. I had to stay home and lost a year’s schooling. It’s my excuse for being a bit stupid.
After dinner, my wine and a sleeping pill, I go out with a bang, but I am wide awake at 3.30am and I just lie there and hope I’ll go off again.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
If I could have Susie with me — yes.
Sir Stirling supports the cancer charity Hope For Tomorrow (hopefortomorrow.org.uk).