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Jackie Stewart’s older brother was a Dunbartonshire garage owner whose promising racing career was cut short by accident and injury. He drove a Healey in hillclimbs and minor events from 1951 before joining Ecurie Ecosse two years later. It was a successful season of national sports car races south of the border – his dark blue Jaguar winning at Goodwood and Thruxton.
Grand Prix driver for Ecurie Ecosse
He was also chosen for three major international events during 1953. Stewart drove the team’s Cooper T20-Bristol in the British Grand Prix in what was his only world championship GP. He ran in an impressive sixth position before crashing heavily at Copse with 11 laps to go when caught out by a sudden downpour.
He then drove an Ecosse Jaguar C-type in the Goodwood Nine Hours and Nürburgring 1000Kms – finishing fourth and sixth respectively to conclude a satisfactory first major season.
Stewart enjoyed continued national success at the start of 1954 with his C-type. He was invited to share an Aston Martin DB3S with Graham Whitehead in that year’s Le Mans 24 hours. However, Stewart collided with Pierre Meyrat’s Talbot T26GS on the run to Maison Blanche at 9.30pm. The Aston rolled and Stewart was fortunate to escape with a broken elbow after being thrown clear.
He returned in 1955 but crashed at the Nürburgring during practice for the Eifelrennen – injuring his arm once more. Advised not to race at Le Mans (he was originally entered in the Jaguar that would eventually win), Stewart decided that enough was enough and retired to run the family Jaguar dealership.