‘The Flying Scot’ Art Collection Celebrates Sir Jackie Stewart’s First F1 Championship
Fifty years ago, Sir Jackie Stewart won his first championship as a Grand Prix driver when he got his Matra across the line at Monza less than a tenth of a second ahead of Jochen Rindt’s Lotus. The third and fourth place finishers were the less than two tenths behind him, and it is to date the closest finish in F1 history. The “Flying Scot” would continue on to win three world championships in total, first with his Matra in 1969, followed by two more with Tyrrell in 1969 and 1971. Today he is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history, and to many it’s not even a question. His Royal Stewart tartan helmet has given way to a hat these days, but he’s still a fixture at historic motorsport events, and as an early advocate for safety in motor racing, he’s helped ensure he isn’t the only survivor left to attend.
His accolades as a driver and a good human being in general have filled up books, but our friends at Automobilist have paid tribute to Sir Jackie’s impact on the sport by choosing his 1969 season for a new series of posters and artwork. The pieces they’ve come up with are great, but they’ve gone one further by partnering up with the man himself to have proceeds benefit Sir Jackies’ Race Against Dementia charity.
The “Flying Scot Collection” includes four posters, including one limited edition (the Green Hell), in addition to the fine art print of his Matra MS80 winning at Monza.
The Green Hell Limited Edition [click here for details]
“The Green Hell” is a Unique & Limited (Automobilist’s parent company) Design Poster limited to 500 numbered pieces, paying homage to Germany’s infamous Nürburgring circuit that Sir Jackie nicknamed—a treacherous place, but one that he could still count himself a winner on, having achieved it three times. “The Green Hell” is embossed here in red foil.
Helmet 1969 Season [click here for details]
An expansion of Automobilist’s signature Helmet Collection, this poster features Sir Jackie’s famous open face Buco helmet, haloed with the iconic Royal Stewart Tartan on top of a Scottish Flag background motif.
The Flying Scot: Nürburgring GP 1969 [click here for details]
The namesake of this collection, “The Flying Scot” Design Poster pays tribute to Sir Jackie’s legendary nickname, as it depicts him flying in the 1969 Nürburgring German Grand Prix. Though placing only second in this race, Sir Jackie went on to win his first World Drivers’ Championship just three races later.
Sir Jackie Stewart: Victory at Monza, 1969 [click here for details]
This poster depicts Sir Jackie’s #20 Matra MS80 at Monza at the 1969 Italian Grand Prix; this is the circuit where Sir Jackie secured his first World Drivers’ Championship, as well as the world’s closest 1-2-3-4 finish.
Fine Art Print, The Scot’s Italian Job, Monza, 1969 [click here for details]
The Fine Art Print of Flying Scot Collection, entitled “The Scot’s Italian Job” depicts the closest 1-2-3-4 finish in Formula 1 History.
As Sir Jackie in his Matra MS80 (#20) finishes in first place, followed immediately by Jochen Rindt (#4), Jean- Pierre Beltoise (#22), and finally Bruce McLaren (#18), all crossing the finish line less than a fifth of a second apart. It was Monza in ’69, were Sir Jackie Stewart and Matra-Ford claimed both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, with three races of the season still remaining.
Automobilist faithfully recreated this historic scene in meticulous detail to produce a unique artwork in its signature manner that blends 3D models and digital photography to achieve a computer-generated image of awe-inspiring quality. The process took the team of specialist artists, technicians and designers several months.