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One weekday afternoon during the summer holidays of 1972, my Father and I decided we would go to Silverstone, just to see if anybody was there testing a car. Back then you could just drive in to the circuit and nobody was bothered about you being there, that was unless Silverstone Syd was on the prowl of course! We parked in the paddock and made our way on to the pits roof top viewing area, and from there we could see Jody Scheckter having his first ever drive in a Formula One car. Later that year Jody made his Formula One race debut driving for Mclaren in the American Grand Prix.
I first saw Jody race in the 1973 British Grand Prix, where he spun his car coming out of Woodcote corner at the end of the first lap taking out nearly half the field. I think he upset a quite a few drivers and teams that day. The following year he moved to Tyrrell to replace the just retired Sir Jackie Stewart, and went on to get his first Grand Prix win that year in Sweden. After two more years at Tyrrell he moved on to the newly formed Walter Wolf Racing, where Jody gave the team a victory in its maiden race. In 1979 Jody moved to Ferrari, winning three races that year on his way to becoming the world drivers champion. Jody raced for just one more year in Formula One and retired at the end of the 1980 season.
I’ve been lucky enough to get Jody’s autograph twice, the first at the British Grand Prix in 1977, and then at the Coy’s festival at Silverstone in 1992, on one of the rare occasions that my daughter came to Silverstone with me. We were walking through the paddock when they announced over the PA that Jody would be signing autographs soon, so we made our way to the autograph booth and waited for him. When he arrived I said to him that my daughter had been named after him, and could I take a photo of the two of you together. Of course he replied. So I lifted her in to the booth, got a lovely photo of them, then he signed our programme. To Jodie lots of love Jody Scheckter, and that’s the autograph I show here.
The Mighty Arms Of Atlas
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.