ALL BUT MY LIFE: Stirling Moss Face to Face with Ken W. Purdy.

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding tight and square, the contents bright and clean. The front and rear endpapers, as well as (faintly) the lower page block edge bear the stamp of the 'Oakville-Trafalgar Light Car Club Library'. There is, in addition, a bookseller's label (Autobooks, Bennett Road, Brighton) affixed to the upper right corner of the front free endpaper. There are traces of tape removal to the cloth of the upper and lower edges of front and rear panels (in each case, a single mark c. 2-3 cm), with no associated marks inside or to the dustwrapper. The rear endpaper shows a small patch of abrasion (6 x 1 cm) where a label has been removed. The very near fine dustwrapper is bright and clean, minimally rubbed to the upper spine tip, with a very faint trace of offsetting to a small square patch near the base of the spine where a library label must have been attached to an earlier protective wrapper. Not price-clipped (25s. net to the front flap). Altogether a very attractive copy, drawn from the members library of a club with a significant part in the birth of Canadian Motorsport as well as a nice connection with Stirling Moss.

Signed by Stirling Moss in blue ink to the title page. The 'Oakville-Trafalgar Light Car Club' in Ontario played a seminal role in the founding of Canadian Motorsport, organising the very first race at the 'Canadian Tire Motorsport Park' (better known as Mosport), a non-spectator, amateur event held on June 3, 1961. The first professional race followed three week later, in which Stirling Moss drove to victory in his Lotus 19 (recorded on pp. 238-9 of this book). Stirling Moss (19292020) has been described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship". He raced between 1948 to 1962, winning 212 of 529 races entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix.

Stock code: 19613


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