The Scottish racing star takes the wheel of his 1969 Matra in the central parade of the inaugural Sir Jackie Stewart Classic in June
Sir Jackie Stewart will drive the car that propelled him to his maiden Formula One World Championship title in Scotland for the first time this June.
The legendary Scottish racing driver will take the wheel of the 1969 Matra MS-80 02 as part of the inaugural Sir Jackie Stewart Classic, taking place at Thirlestane Castle in the Borders over the weekend of 18-19 June.
Sir Jackie will drive the car in a parade of classic and contemporary racing cars that will form the centerpiece of a celebration of his legendary racing career.
The 1969 car will be joined at the event by Sir Jackie’s other two world-winning cars – the Tyrrell 003 and Tyrrell 006 – which will be on static display.
The event will also feature a variety of his other racing cars, as well as an extensive display of memorabilia from his successful racing career and live motorsport action featuring street, track and rally cars.
The Sir Jackie Stewart Classic is held to raise funds for the charity Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and takes place alongside the Borders Vintage Automobile Club’s annual classic car show at Thirlestane Castle.
In addition to extensive static displays of classic vehicles, the family-friendly festival features live motorsport action, extensive retail, food and beverage displays and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Borders Vintage Automobile Club.
The Cosworth-powered Matra was an instant hit for the Tyrell privateer team and Sir Jackie, securing them victory at the opening race of the 1969 season at Kyalami, South Africa. From there he secured a string of first and second places, culminating in a hard-fought victory at Monza that gave Sir Jackie the first of his three Formula One world championships and Matra his only constructors’ title.
Tickets for the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic, which include access to the BVAC Classic Car Show, start at £20 for adults and are available on the event’s website.