JACKIE STEWART | THE FLYING SCOT’S OLD SCHOOL FORMULA ONE STYLE

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1971, Montjuich, Spain — Chris Amon, driving for Matra, and Jackie Stewart, driving for Tyrrell-Ford, celebrate their 3rd and 1st place finishes at the 1971 Spanish Grand Prix. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/ Corbis

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From the desk of Contributing Editor, Eli M. Getson–

When I am having a rough one at work, I sit back in my chair, sigh deeply, close my eyes and pretend I am in swinging London in the Sixties, driving on the Formula One circuit, beautiful women and a magnum of Dom waiting for me in the winner’s circle, and I am always driving the Tyrrell 03 Cosworth Elf Car like my idol Sir John Young Stewart, otherwise known as Jackie.

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1971, Zeltweg, Austria — Jo Siffert in the BRM (No. 14), pole position, took the lead at the start of the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix. Beside him Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell Ford-Cosworth. Behind them Francois Cevert in the 2nd Tyrrell and Clay Regazzoni in the Ferrari. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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I watched a lot of the old ABC Wide World of Sports back in the day and the image of The Flying Scot post race in the winner’s circle– Carrera mirrored glasses on, fire suit emblazoned with colorful logos (Castrol and Goodyear being particular favorites), and the mellifluous Scottish voice breaking down the race made quite an impression on me.  The jet set travel, the beautiful women that followed the tour, the partying that took place on each stop, and the sheer thrill of going fast in a dangerous sport must have been unreal.  In short my dream job.

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1972, Monza, Italy — Formula One driver Jackie Stewart sits in the cockpit of his Tyrrell-Ford racecar at the Italian Grand Prix. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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Jackie was a unique athlete in so many respects-nearly winning at Indy in ’66 in his first attempt (a mechanical failure with 8 laps to go did him in), dominating in ’69 to become the only driver to ever win a Formula One World Championship in a French built car (not knocking French engineering, I’m just saying), a near Le Mans trip to co-drive the Porsche 917K with Steve McQueen, trying Can-Am in the revolutionary Chaparral 2J, and being the first and only driver ever to be named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of The Year, in 1973.  He was also one of those rare champions who managed to be legitimately humble, it wasn’t an act.  –Eli M.Getson

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1970, Zandvoort, Netherlands — Formula One driver Jackie Stewart talks with new Tyrrell teammate Francois Cevert at his first Formula One race, the Dutch Grand Prix, in Zandvoort, Netherlands. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1973, Zandvoort, Netherlands — Formula One racer Jackie Stewart at the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, where he raced for Tyrrell-Ford and came in first. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1972, Monte-Carlo, Monaco — Jackie and Helen Stewart on the harbor at Monte-Carlo in 1972. Jackie Stewart, Formula One driver, was racing in the Monaco Grand Prix for Tyrrell-Ford. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1970, Jarama, Spain — March-Ford driver Jackie Stewart passes the burning wreckage of Jackie Oliver’s BRM and Jacky Ickx’s Ferrari after they collided at the Spanish Grand Prix. Both drivers where able to escape with relatively minor injuries. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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(Lt.) 1967 —  Jackie Stewart attends the 1967 Watkins Glen Formula One Grand Prix. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS

(Rt.) 1972 — Jackie Stewart at the Formula One Grand Prix meeting in Monte Carlo. — Image by © Miroslav Zajíc/CORBIS

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1967 — Scottish Formula One racecar driver Jackie Stewart competes in the 1967 Watkins Glen Formula One Grand Prix. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS

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1966, Nuerburgring, Germany — Fans, drivers, and race officials get into position shortly before the start of the 1966 German Grand Prix at Nuerburgring. The front row of drivers from L-R: Jim Clark in his Lotus-Climax, John Surtees in a Cooper-Maserati, Jackie Stewart in his BRM, and Ludovico Scarfiotti in his Ferrari. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1965 — Drivers (l-r) Bruce McLaren of Cooper-Climax, Graham Hill of BRM, Mike Spence of Lotus-Climax, and Jackie Stewart, also of BRM, attend a drivers’ briefing at the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1968, Nurburg, Germany — Martra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart sprays water from behind his Formula One racecar as spectators huddle under umbrellas during a very wet German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1968, Monza, Italy — Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart stands as his pit mechanics work on his racecar while preparing for the 1968 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. At left team founder Ken Tyrrell watches. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1966, Monaco — A track official waves the checkered flag as Jackie Stewart passes the finish line to win the Monaco Grand Prix. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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1965, Clermont-Ferrand, France — Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, both drivers for BRM, sit and talk in the pit stop at the French Grand Prix in Clermont-Ferrand. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1969, Nurburgring, Germany — Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart races in the 1969 German Grand Prix in Nurburgring. Stewart finished second behind Jacky Ickx. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1968, Zandvoort, Netherlands — Maltra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart kisses his wife after winning the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort. A teammate holds up Stewart’s visor due to Jackie’s broken wrist. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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1966, Nuerburg, Germany — Jackie Stewart aviates his BRM 261 past the remains of a crashed touring-car on the Nurburgring track at Brunnchen in the German Grand Prix. — Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

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14 thoughts on “JACKIE STEWART | THE FLYING SCOT’S OLD SCHOOL FORMULA ONE STYLE

  1. Pingback: THE 1970 12 HOURS OF SEBRING RACE | STEVE McQUEEN’S BRUSH WITH VICTORY « The Selvedge Yard

  2. And a very high level shotgun competitor, too – way back when. One of my most cherished memories is seeing the tartan helmet band inside Jim Hall’s (now, there’s a post) vacuum cleaner (2J).

  3. Fabulous post! I had forgotten how absolutely cool he is. And I had so loved F1 when it was on Wide World of Sports.

    ML
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  4. Oh man…. you continually hit the spot with these entries!!!! Love the Flyin’ Scot… those huge muttonchops are sooooooo cool. As cool as Jackie was, the ill-fated Francois Cevert had him beat by a longshot (potentially). May I recommend ‘ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Fxk7CDSmM&list=QL from the most awesomely dated 1974 film ‘the quick and the dead’, this is an awesome explanation of the nordschleife.

    RIP, Francois!

    thanks again, JP

  5. sorry…. make that Eli.

    PS: Those sweet blue Tyrell – Fords of Cevert and Stewart are impossibly cool… i’m right there w/ you — the Golden age of F1… deathtrap cars and all…. but the onus was on the driver…. not so in todays’ computerized rocketships.

    keep em coming, Eli!!!!

  6. Sorry…. two more thoughts:

    1. Another way too cool for skool guy: Graham Hill w/ that preposterous Errol Flynn ‘stache.
    2. in the 1965 James Garner flick ‘Grand Prix’… Garner’s team partner wears Jackie’s unique tartan helmet as they use Jackie in all the race footage. I could have phrased that beeter… but I leave the writing to you guys ;)

  7. Interesting to see Jim Clark’s Lotus in the German Grand Prix photo. I remember that when he died, it was huge international news. I wonder how many people today would even know who he was. Great post, Jackie was the coolest. He’s still a cool looking guy today!

  8. superb, a master of his craft, and knew when to stop so he is still here today, true hero.

  9. My Mum told me last Christmas that my Dad used to do odd jobs for Jackie Stewart when he (my Dad) was in the Royal Navy, stationed in Scotland. She said she met him and his wife many times. His wife was always really nice to her. This was just before I was born in 1968. Not sure why she had never shared this with me before but glad she has now. This era of racing has always been my favourite, so many iconic images and personalities.

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