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Mrs. Stewart.

Jackie Stewart, François Cevert, and Jacky Ickx celebrate their podium finishes at the 1973 German GP.

Jackie Stewart, François Cevert, and Jacky Ickx celebrate their podium finishes at the 1973 German GP.

1973 German GP; Jackie Stewart’s last ever Grand Prix victory before retiring and François Cevert’s last ever podium finish before being tragically killed at Watkins Glen two months later.

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Photo: François Cevert, Helen Stewart, Jackie Stewart

“There was a fine restaurant in the hotel, and every evening we dressed for dinner in a collar and tie. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was excellent and, while coffee was served, François would get up and walk across the dance floor to a large grand piano, where he would sit down and play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, commonly known as Pathétique. It was his favourite piece of music, and, as his fingers danced, I recall looking around and seeing how everybody, particularly the women, looked completely enchanted…

François Cevert had been extremely close to Helen and he had told her that, if anything ever happened to him, wherever he was, he would make sure that somehow he would send us a message or some kind of sign to let us know that he was alright. Imagine, then, how we felt when, on that Christmas morning, just eleven weeks after his accident, Helen and I opened the present from Mark, something chosen completely at random by a five-year-old child, and discovered it was a record of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, commonly known as Pathétique.”

- Sir Jackie Stewart, in his autobiography “Winning Is Not Enough”

fuckyeahjackiestewart:

Photo: François Cevert, Helen Stewart, Jackie Stewart

“There was a fine restaurant in the hotel, and every evening we dressed for dinner in a collar and tie. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was excellent and, while coffee was served, François would get up and walk across the dance floor to a large grand piano, where he would sit down and play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, commonly known as Pathétique. It was his favourite piece of music, and, as his fingers danced, I recall looking around and seeing how everybody, particularly the women, looked completely enchanted…
François Cevert had been extremely close to Helen and he had told her that, if anything ever happened to him, wherever he was, he would make sure that somehow he would send us a message or some kind of sign to let us know that he was alright. Imagine, then, how we felt when, on that Christmas morning, just eleven weeks after his accident, Helen and I opened the present from Mark, something chosen completely at random by a five-year-old child, and discovered it was a record of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, commonly known as Pathétique.”
- Sir Jackie Stewart, in his autobiography “Winning Is Not Enough”
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