A man’s word is his bond.
There were not many things that Stirling Moss, a bold 25-year-old racing driver, was really afraid of. There was, however, one thing he was truly in awe of, as he admitted several decades later: the Mille Miglia, at the time the most popular road race in the world. 1,600 kilometres from Brescia to Rome and back were a huge challenge for man and machine. The professional racing driver knew that. Yet on 1 May 1955 the Englishman showed no sign of his self-doubt. “I’ll win!” he cried – because after all, he knew what car he was driving; and as is expected of a true British gentleman, he would keep his word.