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Ian Stewart (racing driver)

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Ian Stewart
Stewart Ian Gordon Highlanders.jpg
Ian Stewart during National Service
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
BornIan Macpherson McCallum Stewart
(1929-07-15)15 July 1929
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died19 March 2017(2017-03-19) (aged 87)
Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1953
Teamsprivateer Connaught
First entry1953 British Grand Prix
Last entry1953 British Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
TeamsJaguar Cars Ltd..
Best finish4th (1953)

Ian Macpherson McCallum Stewart (15 July 1929 – 19 March 2017)[1] was a British racing driver from Scotland.

Stewart was regarded by Jim Clark as a highly-strung individual who “at the wheel was as relaxed as anyone”. His only appearance in a World Championship Grand Prix came at the 1953 RAC British Grand Prix, in which - due to ignition failure - he failed to finish in his Ecurie Ecosse-entered Connaught-Lea Francis A. Stewart's main competition was as part of the Jaguar racing Ecurie Ecosse team.[2][3]

Stewart made a name for himself racing a Jaguar XK120 in British national events, winning 23 races in just three seasons, including the Jersey International and the Wakefield Trophy. He was a founder member of Ecurie Ecosse who adopted the colour he had resprayed his XK120 as their team colour, he was also responsible for their distinctive badge.[4] During this period, he was one of three Ecurie Ecosse drivers for the team’s debut race at Charterhall, which resulted in a second place for Stewart. It was with the Merchiston team that Stewart won most of his races. This success led to some works outings for the Jaguar marque at Le Mans.[5][6]

It is often said that during the 1954 Les 24 Heures du Mans he rolled an Aston Martin DB3S on the fast stretch between Arnage and White House corners; that however was Jimmy Stewart,[7] Jackie's older brother. Ian had already retired from racing following a crash in the 1954 Argentinian 1000k sports car race to tend to his family’s agricultural and public house businesses in Perth and Kinross.[8][9]

Racing record

Career highlights

Season Series Position Team Car
1951 Scottish Grand Prix [10] 3rd Jaguar XK120
1952 Jersey International Road Race [11] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Wakefield Trophy [12] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Charterhall International [13] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
1953 Charterhall International [14] 2nd Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Internationales ADAC 1000 km Rennen Weltmeistershaftslauf Nürburgring [15] 2nd Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Goodwood Nine-Hours [16] 3rd Jaguar Cars Ltd Jaguar C-Type

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1953 Ecurie Ecosse Connaught Type A Lea-Francis l4 ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1952 United Kingdom Jaguar Ltd. United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Jaguar C-Type S5.0 DNF
(Head gasket)
1953 United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Jaguar C-Type S5.0 297 4th 3rd


  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "British GP, 1953 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "IAN M.M.STEWART 15/07/1929 – 19/3/2017". Ecurie Ecosse.
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Why Ecurie Ecosse? : Ecurie Ecosse". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Les Vingt Quatre Heures Du Mans, 1954". Motor Sport magazine archive. July 1854. p. 19. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  8. ^ Allen Brown. "Ian Stewart «". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  9. ^[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "1951 Scottish GP -". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Jersey International 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Wakefield Trophy [Formula Libre] 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Charterhall International [Sports Unlimited] 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Charterhall International [Sports Unlimited] 1953 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres 1953 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  16. ^ "9 h Goodwood 1953 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  17. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 358. ISBN 0851127029.

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