Max Mosley, 1940-2021

Max Mosley (above left) with his parents

Max Mosley, son of the former government minister and British Union of Fascists leader Sir Oswald Mosley, died last night at his Chelsea home, aged 81. He had been ill with cancer for some time.

During the early 1960s Max was an active member of his father’s Union Movement and was election agent for UM candidate Walter Hesketh at the Manchester Moss Side by-election in November 1961. In later years he was best known for his role in the organisation of motor racing, where he pioneered important improvements in driver safety, and for his campaigns against tabloid newspaper intrusion into private lives.

Max was himself targeted in March 2008 by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which reported his encounter with five prostitutes, one of whom turned out to be married to an MI5 employee.

H&D Assistant Editor Peter Rushton first met Max Mosley during an Oxford Union Society tribunal in 1986. In tribute to Max Mosley’s memory, we today republish online Peter Rushton’s review of Max Mosley’s autobiography. (The review first appeared in H&D Issue 73.)

Ave atque vale.

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