Sir Jackie Stewart revs up for Celebration of Motorsport | Action Medical Research

Sir Jackie Stewart revs up for charity’s Celebration of Motorsport

24 August 2015

Sir Jackie Stewart has been unveiled as the guest of honour at children's charity Action Medical Research’s Celebration of Motorsport dinner later this year.

The racing legend will be in pole position at the event when it returns to its original home at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood on Friday, 4 December.

Born in 1939, Sir Jackie was involved with cars from an early age. His motor racing career took off internationally in 1965 when he scored the first of his 27 Grand Prix Championship victories at Monza. During his career, he took the Formula One World Drivers' Championship crown three times and achieved a total of 27 victories out of 99 races. In 1988 he formed Paul Stewart Racing with his son Paul then established Stewart Grand Prix in 1996 which was sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1999.

Sir Jackie was awarded the OBE in 1972 and knighted in 2001. In 1998 he was made an honorary professor by the University of Stirling and has received eight honorary doctorates from US, Scottish and English universities.

During the past 21 years, the Celebration of Motorsport evening, which is organised by the SPARKS NI Motorsport Committee and supported by Tourism Ireland, has raised almost £500,000 for vital medical research to help sick and disabled babies and children.   

Sir Jackie will be joining a list of sporting stars who have attended the highlight of the racing calendar including Damon Hill, Eddie Irvine, Sir Stirling Moss and Perry McCarthy, aka Top Gear's The Stig.

Carrie Benn, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “We are absolutely delighted and privileged to have someone as high-profile as Sir Jackie Stewart attending our Celebration of Motorsport dinner. It is a fitting line-up for our 21st anniversary – this event is now at the heart of the motoring world and it promises to be a fantastic evening.

“We’ve still got a few surprises in store so we hope people will come and join us at the Culloden Hotel for our big celebration year.”

TV personality Pamela Ballantine, who chairs the committee, will host interviews between courses with star guests to get the lowdown on the year's thrills and spills in the racing world.

The night will also see the announcement of the 2015 winner of the Contribution to Motorsport Award; recent winners have included Rally News' Brian and Liz Patterson, motorcycle racer Ryan Farquhar and motorcycle road racer Jeremy McWilliams.

With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy. It is currently supporting work around meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For your ticket to the glittering Celebration of Motorsport dinner, supported by Tourism Ireland, please visit

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.

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