Ian Stewart (racing driver)

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Ian Stewart
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born Ian Macpherson M. Stewart
(1929-07-15)15 July 1929
Edinburgh, Scotland
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1953
Teams privateer Connaught
Entries 1
First entry 1953 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1953 British Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19521954
Teams Jaguar Cars Ltd., David Brown
Best finish 4th (1953)

Ian Macpherson M. Stewart (born 15 July 1929, Edinburgh) is a retired Scottish racing driver.

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 done as one of the Jaguar racing Ecurie Ecosse team.[1][2]

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. During this period, he was one of three drivers whose talents were secured by Ecurie Ecosse 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.[3][4]

During the 1954 Les 24 Heures du Mans, in Stewart’s first international race which he was not in a Jaguar, he rolled his Aston Martin DB3S on the fast stretch between Arnage and White Horse corners. The car was completely written off. As for Stewart, he sustained serious arm injuries and retired from the sport as a result. Stewart had already reduced his racing to tend to his family’s agricultural business in Perth and Kinross.[5][6]

Racing record[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

Season Series Position Team Car
1951 Scottish Grand Prix [7] 3rd Jaguar XK120
1952 Jersey International Road Race [8] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar XK120
Wakefield Trophy [9] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Charterhall International [10] 1st Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
1953 Charterhall International [11] 2nd Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Internationales ADAC 1000 km Rennen Weltmeistershaftslauf Nürburgring [12] 2nd Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type
Goodwood Nine-Hours [13] 3rd W. Lyons Jaguar XK120C

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


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

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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
1954 United Kingdom David Brown United Kingdom Graham Whitehead Aston Martin DB3S S3.0 65 DNF


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