The Flying Scotsman

23 June 2023

Sir John Young Stewart OBE celebrated his 84th birthday on 11 June.

 A former British Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Known with endearment as the ‘Flying Scot’, he competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers’ Championships and twice finishing as runner-up.

Apart from being a superb F1 driver, he also, while a teenager, became one of the best clay pigeon shots in the UK.

Additionally, he was an F1 constructor with his Stewart Grand Prix team; the team was sponsored by Ford and competed for three seasons between 1997 and 1999.

Twenty-four years ago, on 10 June, one day before his 60th birthday, he sold the Stewart Racing to Ford for £100 million.

On the 14 September 1999, Ford renamed the team Jaguar Racing.

The Jaguar R1 is the car with which the Jaguar Racing Formula One team competed in the 2000 Formula One season.

The R1 was challenging to drive and suffered gearbox problems.

Jaguar sold the team to the Red Bull company to form the Red Bull Racing team at the end of 2004.

Jackie is still one of the best-known Formula 1 drivers and is very passionate about the sport; he received a knighthood for his contributions to it.

Sadly, the love of his life, Lady Helen Stewart, his wife, is very poorly with dementia.

In typical Jackie fashion, he has picked up the mantle and launched his Race Against Dementia charity and is determined to find a dementia cure before he dies.

This force of nature is a living legend.