Jackie Stewart is such a fucking hero. Like some people should be seriously ashamed of and disgusted in themselves; the sort that waste their life away just being selfish and attention seeking and cruel - just anyone who doesn’t attempt to do anything kind with their life.
He’s dyslexic, can’t even say the alphabet, and yet he’s saved millions of lives.
Formula One pioneers automotive technology. Buttons on the steering wheel? Came from Formula One. Smart suspension? Came from Formula One. Material research and crumple zones? Came from Formula One. Digital dashboard - everything from the clock to the radio to the speedometer? Came from Formula One. Tyres? Came from Formula One.
Everything about the pure technology of road cars - the electronics, the mechanics, the safety. It all came from Formula One.
And the most important thing - safety - came from one person: Jackie Stewart. The man pioneered safety, he pioneered ambulances at circuits, helmets, better technology and safer cars, and more importantly road safety. He gave lectures to kids on road safety and care, he would nag every one around to improve the safety of their cars or tracks or roads. He pioneered technology in the 70s, which has slowly been coming into road cars, has been advanced on modern race cars, and has helped save millions of lives: In motorsport and in road cars all over the world.
Hero. Such a hero. And if you doubt me, watch Formula One: The killer years. A tragic era but Sir Jackie made such a huge impact and we should all be forever greatful.