Max Stewart

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Malcolm Clarke Stewart (14 March 1935 [1] – 19 March 1977) was an Australian racing driver. He was known as the "Jolly Green Giant" for his disposition and height.

Stewart was born in Orange, New South Wales. He began his motorsport career racing motorcycles, being selected to represent Australia at the 1955 Isle of Man TT, but withdrew due to work commitments. After racing Karts and touring cars he moved to open wheelers in 1965 with much success, winning the 1967 and 1968 Australian One and a Half Litre Championships. Stewart was selected to drive for Alec Mildren Racing, and went on to win the 1969 and 1970 Australian Formula 2 Championships driving a 1.6 litre Mildren Waggott. In 1970 he competed in a 2-litre Mildren Waggott in which he ran strongly in the 1970 Tasman Series with a number of podiums, and finished second to Jackie Stewart in the 1970 JAF Grand Prix for Formula Libre cars.[2] He also won the 1971 Australian Drivers' Championship and the 1972 Singapore Grand Prix.

Stewart later raced a Lola T330, winning the 1974 Australian Drivers' Championship and the 1974 Australian Grand Prix. He then developed an initially troublesome Lola T400, winning the 1975 Australian Grand Prix and the 1975 Toby Lee Series. He led the 1976 Australian Grand Prix from Vern Schuppan and John Goss until he retired a few laps from the end.

Max Stewart lost his life on 19 March 1977 in an accident while practicing at Calder Park Raceway, Victoria.[3]

Career results[edit]

Championship / Series Position Car Entrant
1965 Australian Formula 2 Championship 2nd Rennmax Ford
1967 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Rennmax BN1 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1967 Australian 1½ Litre Championship 1st Rennmax BN1 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1968 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Rennmax BN2 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1968 Australian 1½ Litre Championship 1st Rennmax BN2 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1969 Tasman Series 13th Mildren Alfa Romeo Alec Mildren Racing
1969 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1969 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Tasman Series 3rd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1971 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
Max Stewart Motors
1972 Tasman Series 9th Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Max Stewart Motors
1972 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Max Stewart Motors
1973 Tasman Series 6th Lola T330 Chevrolet Lola Cars Ltd
1973 Australian Drivers' Championship 7th Lola T330 Chevrolet Seiko Service Centre
1973 SCCA L&M Championship 12th [4] Lola T330 Chevrolet [4] Stewart Motors [4]
1974 Tasman Series 2nd Lola T330 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1974 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Lola T330 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1974 Australian Formula 2 Championship 12th March 722
1975 Tasman Series 10th Lola T400 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1975 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Lola T400 Chevrolet Sharp Racing Team
1975 Toby Lee Formula 5000 Series 1st Lola T400
1976 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Lola T400 Chevrolet
1977 Rothmans International Series 4th Lola T400 Chevrolet Max Stewart
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leo Geoghegan
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1971
Succeeded by
Frank Matich
Preceded by
Frank Matich
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1974
Succeeded by
John McCormack
Preceded by
Graeme McRae
Winner of the Australian Grand Prix
1974 and 1975
Succeeded by
John Goss

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