Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart will be honoured by the University of St Andrews next month during the traditional St Andrew’s Day graduation ceremony.
Sir Jackie, recognised by many as the first truly modern professional racing driver, will make a pit stop in St Andrews to be made an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) on Thursday 27 November.
Three times winner of the World Driving Championship and known as `The Flying Scot’, Dumbarton-born Sir Jackie’s Formula One achievements still place him among the top five drivers of all time.
Since entering the world of motor sport in 1962, the former mechanic competed against some of the great names of Grand Prix legend, crafting a reputation and a racing record that would stand for 14 years. At times, he was an often-solitary campaigner for motor racing safety, and over the years has campaigned on behalf of governments from all parts of the world for road safety, driver education, compulsory seat belt wearing and crash helmet legislation.
In 2004, after 40 years with Ford Motor Company, Sir Jackie took the decision to retire from his responsibilities both with Ford and Jaguar Racing and switched lanes to become a Global Ambassador for The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Sir Jackie was awarded the OBE in 1972 and a Knighthood in 2001 in recognition of his services to both motorsport and the motor manufacturing industry.
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