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Ian Stewart was a club driver who raced a grey Jaguar XK120 successfully in Scotland during 1951. No relation of "JYS", he finished third in the minor Scottish Grand Prix that year and was a founding member of Ecurie Ecosse in 1952.
In addition to driving for that enterprise, he shared a works Jaguar C-type in the 1952 Le Mans 24 Hours with Peter Whitehead but their engine failed little more than an hour into the race. Reunited with Whitehead for the 1953 race, they finished fourth as Jaguars also filled the top two positions. Third in the Goodwood Nine Hours, he finished second in the following week’s Nürburgring 1000Kms when sharing an Ecosse Jaguar C-type with Roy Salvadori.
Grand Prix driver for Connaught
Stewart also drove the team’s Connaught A-type in national single-seater races that year with little tangible success. The Scot’s entry for the 1953 British GP was accepted and he qualified his Connaught in 20th position before its Lea-Francis engine broke during the race.
Stewart retired from racing in 1954 – a decision prompted by marriage and an accident during the Buenos Aires 1000Kms. He later ran a successful agricultural business in Perth and Kinross and regularly attended historic meetings until ill-health intervened.