Snapshot, 1973: Helen Stewart shoots back

During the 1973 Austrian Grand Prix, Helen Stewart shoots back at photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, as her husband Jackie races to a second-place finish, edging one step closer to his third World Championship victory…

Aviators, retro cameras, rose-gold watches and denim shirts – it’s certainly true that fashions go full circle. Helen Stewart would have enjoyed the race, as the Scotsman, who started from seventh on the grid in his Tyrell, drove an impressive race finishing only behind Ronnie Peterson’s Lotus. Just three races later, during practice for the season finale at Watkins Glen, Stewart – and the whole Formula 1 fraternity – would be rocked by the tragic death of his teammate François Cevert. Though he had already decided to retire at the end of the season (and wrapped up the Drivers’ title), Stewart and the Tyrell team pulled out of the race as a mark of respect. As a result, the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was gifted to Lotus-Ford. 

Photo: Rainer W. Schlegelmilch/Getty