Stewart, Jackie

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John Young ‘Jackie’ Stewart was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, on June 11, 1939. His father owned a garage business and Jackie’s older brother Jimmy was the first in the family to try racing, though his mother disapproved. There were also fears about Jackie’s future because he was a failure at school and left at 15. Only later was he diagnosed as suffering from severe dyslexia – which made his subsequent achievements even more remarkable. While still a teenager he took up clay pigeon shooting and became one of the best shots in Britain. When he began racing saloons and sportscars he quickly showed outstanding talent that prompted team entrant Ken Tyrrell to hire him to contest the 1963 British Formula Three series, in which the speedy Scot won seven races in a row.


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