PA MotoringÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regular Q&A feature, Me and My Car, made amusing reading this week when the set questions for celebrities were tabled to former motor racing superstar Stirling Moss.
AxegrinderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heart goes out to journalist Roger Crowe, who must have realised he was in for a tricky interview when his opening gambit Ã¢â‚¬’ Ã¢â‚¬Å“what do you drive?Ã¢â‚¬ Ã¢â‚¬’ drew the following response: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t own a road car. I ride a Honda scooter around London.Ã¢â‚¬
When asked whether he considered himself a good driver, the greatest Formula 1 driver never to have won the championship replied modestly: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m acceptable.Ã¢â‚¬
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Have you ever had a crash?Ã¢â‚¬ Crowe inquired. (Did George Best like a drink?)
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had so many,Ã¢â‚¬ confided Moss. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The most Ã¢â‚¬ËœmemorableÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was one I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember Ã¢â‚¬’ I was unconscious for a month afterwards, which was the end of my career.Ã¢â‚¬ OK, next questionÃ¢â‚¬¦
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the craziest thing youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever done in a car?Ã¢â‚¬ Crowe continued.
Axegrinder wonders what could have been more crazy than driving Formula 1 with a crash helmet made from cork, on skinny cross-ply tyres, drum brakes and no seat belt.