It irks Hill that Clark and Stewart are called naturals, while he himself is called a pusher, or fiercely combative, or some such thing, as are Gurney and Surtees. "Jackie's got a good eye for the baubies," says Hill. "That's a Scottish word. It means money." And again: "Mercenary is perhaps too strong a word for Jackie, but he knows his value. He's very astute, very ambitious. He's got an eye for publicity." Hill rarely seeks to merchandise himself, but Stewart brags about having made more money already than any other driver in equivalent time. "I don't know how he can be so sure of that," mutters Hill.
The aloofness of Hill keeps people at a distance, although once you break through to him he is, and has always been, funny and charming. The rest of the fast drivers, Clark, Surtees and Gurney, are similarly difficult to approach. But Stewart always has something to say.
About breaking down at Indianapolis when far in the lead: "I've worked it all out, and I've decided it wasn't important—it was only $150,000."
About being compared to Jim Clark: "They used to talk about me as a new Jimmy Clark when I first started in Formula I last year. But they don't compare us anymore. They just talk about 'those two bloody Scots.' "
Stewart can talk about Indianapolis for an hour or more, vividly describing how he felt when the caution light went on halfway around the first lap: "I thought, 'Some clown has stuffed it into the wall!' When we came around, there were flags everywhere and garbage all over the road. I went looking for Jimmy, and he for me, and then we both went looking for Graham to see that he was all right." Later the turbulence at 180 mph loosened Stewart's goggles, so that he had to drive one-handed trying to tighten them. He described Clark spinning out just in front of him: "I was making about 100 miles an hour, but he was, too, backward. The speed differential wasn't that much and it was like going by in slow motion, and I wagged my finger at him as if to say 'naughty, naughty.' You should have seen the expression on Jimmy's face."
Stewart believes firmly that the day of the European driver has dawned at Indianapolis, that the traditional dirty-fingernail-type Indy driver is finished there because such men lack sensitivity. They could drive the old roadsters, which were insensitive cars, simply on brute strength and bravery, all that such cars required. But it takes delicacy and finesse to drive the lighter, more responsive, more agile rear-engined European cars that have now come in. Such cars can be driven through corners on a variety of lines, instead of only one, and are agile enough to move in and around other cars in traffic. Stewart believes that Europe produces more intelligent drivers because the sport is so socially accepted there; high-class young men go into it. He feels that Indy must now work hard to acquire such an image. "The A. J. Foyts were good for American racing for a while, but they are hurting it now," Stewart says.
Stewart was born John Young Stewart on June 11, 1939, about 50 yards from the modest bungalow where he lives today, about 12 miles from Glasgow. His father owned a garage and auto agency. A dozen years ago an older brother, Jimmy, raced cars successfully, until two crashes, one at Le Mans and the other at N�rburgring, ruined one of his arms. When Jackie drifted into car racing in 1961 at the age of 21, it was under the nom de guerre of A. N. Other, because he did not want to upset his mother.
He had finished school at 15, but he did not stop learning. He worked for his father and learned the agency and garage business, and he incessantly interviewed people who knew the things he wanted to know himself.
From the age of 14, Stewart was also one of Britain's finest trap shooters. He was invited to join the Olympic team in 1964, but he had retired by then and could not fit it in because of racing commitments. Undoubtedly, all that trap-shooting helped his racing. Graham Hill says it gave him "reactions, coordination, movements."
Stewart raced only four times in 1961, four times in 1962 and 23 times in 1963, when he won 14 races and set a lap record at Charter hall with a speed four mph faster than Jim Clark had ever made there. "It was obvious right away how good he was," says Colin Chapman, owner-designer of Lotus. "There were signs, the same as with any other good performance: consistency, his attitude, the speed with which he learned a circuit—and remembered it."