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Sir Jackie Stewart

06 Aug
Of all the drivers I’ve seen race, there is none more than Sir Jackie that I have respect for. As well as being one of the best of his generation, his crusade to improve driver safety in the 60’s and 70’s should never be forgotten.

I first saw Sir Jackie race in the 1969 British Grand Prix having his epic duel with Jochen Rindt. With Sir Jackie coming out as the winner after Rindt had problems towards the end of the race.

His Formula one career started in 1965 going through to 1973. Back then there were far fewer Grand Prix’s each season, meaning he only took part in 99 Formula one world championship events. I think that his tally of 27 Grand Prix wins speaks for itself. winning the World drivers championship in 1969, 71 and 73.

His F1 career started with B.R.M. although he is best known for driving for Ken Tyrrell, in Matra, March and later Tyrrell’s own F1 cars. Unlike today, F1 drivers also took part in many other types of races during their Grand Prix careers. So Sir Jackie still took part in Touring car, Can-Am and Formula Two races.

Later in life Sir Jackie with son Paul formed the Stewart Grand Prix team. In 1997, the team took part in its first Grand Prix. The team won one race in its short life that ended in 1999, with the sale of the team to Ford. Later it became Jaguar and is now under the ownership of Red Bull and seems to be going from strength to strength.

Not only was Sir Jackie one of the best of his generation, he was one of the all time greats.

The Mighty Arms Of Atlas.

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