“When we’d met at the airport, I heard a
bus driver ask, ‘Isn’t that Jackie Stewart?’
To which his mate replied, ‘Here? Nah.’”
It was indeed an unlikely story.
Gardner was wielding a double-edged
pen. Tyrrell was hands-off; they’d resolved
not to bother each other unnecessarily.
There were no prying eyes, no distracting
demands for F2 or Can-Am cars, and no
time-consuming weekends at races.
I discovered it wasn’t connected. But in
some way those hardships helped: there
was a very strong esprit de corps.”
Hard-pressed mechanics were flown back
from GPs by private plane to continue work
on the new car with minimum delay. Local
companies shaped sheet metal, machined
castings, and “knitted” carbon fiber
filament. And Tyrrell 001 hit its deadline.
Gardner, whose meticulousness could
veer towards fretfulness, rather wished it
hadn’t: an incurable misfire during a
miserably wet practice at Oulton meant
starting from the back of the grid. That
Stewart chose to do so, rather than from
the front in the unloved March, was a
reason for hope. So, too, was the race’s
fastest lap, set before the engine blew.
Although Gardner hadn’t set out to build
an “English Matra” – his later career at
Tyrrell proved he was a freethinker – Stewart
liked its similarities: short wheelbase; low,
centralized weight; low polar moment of
inertia. He liked what he felt, too.
“It was a very good package: neutral,
balanced and very drivable,” he says. “With
701, I’d been just reacting; with 001, I
could create. The Tyrrell wasn’t yet at the
level of the  Matra MS80, but it was
quick and gentler to drive. Derek and the
“One cause for hope was
an impressive welding
kit...until I discovered it
A successful skeet
racing sedans and
sports cars in 1961,
then moved to
in 1964 with Ken
Tyrrell’s Formula 3
team. His obvious
talent earned him an
F1 drive with BRM
in ’ 65. After three
seasons and two GP
wins with the team,
he headed back to
“Uncle Ken” for ’ 68.
Gray, miserable and foggy...
Conditions at the 1972 Canadian
Grand Prix are an apt metaphor for
much of Jackie Stewart’s 1972
season. But at least he won in 005
at Mosport – one of four wins for the
’ 71 champ, despite battling a painful
stomach ulcer (BOTTOM). 004 was
his Tyrrell of choice at Monaco
(BELOW). Ulcer undiagnosed, he
finished a lackluster fourth.
But such isolation had its downside.
Unable to prod others for advice, Gardner
undertook his first monocoque armed
only with sketchy info supplied by Tyrrell.
The design was finalized by June, and it
was Gardner’s turn to be underwhelmed:
by a shed in rural Surrey, on the western
outskirts of London: “You wondered how
on earth the job could be done in such
a building. One cause for hope was an
impressive piece of welding kit...until