A rare collection of Grand Prix cars that forms the cornerstones of Sir Jackie Stewart’s racing career will headline a display chronicling the thrice world champion’s racing career at January’s Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (January 10-13).
All three of Stewart’s title winning cars will be on show – the Matra MS80, Tyrrell 003 and Tyrrell 006, Stewart’s time with Ken Tyrrell’s eponymous squad spanning the shift from running Matra chassis to becoming a constructor in his own right.
“We’re delighted to host Sir Jackie Stewart at Autosport International 2013, and to give fans a chance to see some of his most famous cars,” said Autosport International show director Ian France. “Spanning his life in motorsport, it’s a fantastic collection, particularly with his Formula One World Championship-winning cars. Sir Jackie’s partnership with Ken Tyrrell and Cosworth still remains as one of the most successful in British motorsport history.”
An example of Stewart’s first Grand Prix car – the BRM P261 he scored his maiden win with – will join the three title winning cars, the 006 his last F1 car, Stewart retiring following teammate Francois Cevert’s fatal accident at Watkins Glen in preparation for the US Grand Prix, though Stewart won the title despite sitting out the race.
Also on show will be the Stewart-Ford that took Stewart back to the top of F1, this time as team owner at the end of a famously eventful European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Examples from elsewhere in Stewart’s racing career will also be included, a Cooper Monaco, works E-Type Jaguar, aluminium bodied Lotus Elan and a Lotus Cortina in the red and gold of Alan Mann Racing showcasing the Scot’s driving versatility, not to mention the packed schedule he raced through during the seasons.
Stewart – who will also personally be at the show – joins a growing list of British racing champions to be celebrated and/or interviewed over the course of the weekend.
The display of racing machinery, joins a rallying display charting the career of 2001 World Rally champion Richard Burns.
On stage Stewart will follow 2010 DTM champion – now F1 driver – Paul Di Resta, as well as fellow Scot Allan McNish and his fellow multiple Le Mans champion Derek Bell.
Also on stage during the weekend will be Gordon Shedden and Rob Huff, after taking their first titles in the British and World Touring Car Championships respectively as well as Andy Priaulx, who moved into new territory in 2012 taking to DTM after taking three WTCC championships with BMW.