Racing legend's museum pitstop

FORMULA One legend Sir Jackie Stewart said he was "honoured" as an exhibition celebrating his first world championship win was opened.

His "iconic" racing car has been loaned to National Museums Scotland as the centrepiece of a new display in Edinburgh.

The Tyrrell 003 helped Sir Jackie win eight Grand Prix races – more than any other individual car has achieved – and propelled him to victory in the 1971 World Drivers' Championship.

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The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of Sir Jackie's first world championship win in 1969, and is also part of Scotland's Year of Homecoming celebrations.

Speaking at the exhibition launch in Edinburgh, Sir Jackie said of the restored car: "It won a lot of races for me and brought me a world championship.

"It is an iconic car and one of the great collector's pieces of the world."

Sir Jackie, who won three Formula One world championships during his career, added that it was a "great privilege" to have the car on display.

The Sir Jackie Stewart display is at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.

Sir Jackie's 1971 Monaco Grand Prix and German Grand Prix trophies, as well as his famous tartan-rimmed helmet, will also be on show at the exhibition.