ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sir Jackie Stewart is Right: Winning is Not Enough

Updated on August 16, 2015
Sir Jackie Stewart. Winning is Not Enough.
Sir Jackie Stewart. Winning is Not Enough. | Source

Jackie Stewart: A champion in more ways than one

Those of you who are fans of Formula One racing are very familiar with this famous name and many of you may have already read this book.

It is a vital part of a dedicated motorsports fan's library and collection.

But this is an excellent autobiography for everyone. In it, we learn not only about his career in both racing and the business world, we also discover how a young Scottish lad learned to overcome an invisible disability.


It's astonishing to learn about what Jackie Stewart has done for the sport he loves, for Britain and for education. But when he was at school he was dismissed as a pupil who would never amount to anything. He couldn't even learn to read and write like 'normal' children.

No-one in those days understood dyslexia.

Children who couldn't make sense of letters, basic reading and writing, were simply labelled as stupid.

A phenomenal memory

I'm pleased to say that I've met Jackie several times so I can vouch for something that is quite legendary about him. The man has an amazing memory. Without the ability to write notes, or a diary, he has to rely solely on his mind which is honed to perfection. My dad, who knows Jackie much better than I do, can also give testament to this fabulous ability.

Attention to detail

There are so many stories in this book that I could tell you about but there is one in particular, not an earth-shattering event, but one that is so typical of his attention to detail.

When he became a spokesperson for Rolex, he naturally wore their famed watches at all times.

So, with typical thoroughness, he had all his shirts and jackets altered so that one sleeve was just slightly shorter than the other - just so that the watches he was promoting would always be in view. Brilliant.

Safety and education

Many people know, especially those who follow motorsports, that Sir Jackie is largely responsible for the improvements in the sport's safety since the days he was racing. He had a truly horrendous racing accident in 1966 and lay trapped under his car, amongst dead leaves and cigarette ends, whilst spectators tried to free him using tools from their own toolkits and all the time there was danger of fire due to the escaped fuel.

When he was eventually taken to hospital, it was on the dirty bed on a pickup truck.

He spoke out vociferously - and still does - about safety. He is quoted as saying:

'I would have been a much more popular World Champion if I had always said what people wanted to hear. I might have been dead, but definitely more popular.'

What many people do not realise is the work that he does - and funds - to ensure that no other child suffers the indignities he did, simply for being dyslexic. He shows us all that anything is possible.

Be sure to read this inspirational and entertaining book

Jackie Stewart on dyslexia

In the video below, he explains that he was forty one years old before his dyslexia was realised.

It was only when it was discovered that his son had the condition, that he realised that he wasn't stupid or scholastically inferior.

He also points out that the condition isn't necessarily a drawback, mentioning other successful people who also suffer from the problem.

If you'd like to order this inspirational book, or read more reviews about it, please use the button on the right.

The Scotsman & the Yorkshireman

In the summer of 1986, my dad was a guest of Ford Motor Company at the Detroit Grand Prix. So was an old mate, Jackie Stewart. (Oh by the way, Jackie also has a very cheeky sense of humour, particularly with the ladies but I'll go into that another time).

In his own book, my dad wrote:

'Coincidentally Jackie and I both started our careers as mechanics working for our dads,so we followed the same path for a while. How he made it to where he is today is a mystery to me but I'm convinced that he's fine inspiration to kids today who struggle with the same problems he faced'.

Very true, Dad.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)