Jackie Stewart - formerly entered as A N Other
Posted 20 September 2001 - 14:44
Another thing: Italian ex-F1 driver Stefano Modena was born in Modena :-)
Posted 21 September 2001 - 04:13
Just a couple of weeks ago I was speaking to an old speedway person here in Sydney and he told me that a midget speedcar driver used to race with one organisation under his own name, and with a rival organisation as "A N Other". This was in the early 1950s, or perhaps even the 1940s.
I have not yet been able to confirm this by seeing the name in print in a programme or newspaper report, but I am working on it.
The first time I remember seeing the name "A N Other" was in the entry list for a Warwick Farm International meeting. I was told years later that it was used when the drivers name was not known at the time of the entry being lodged, but I seem to remember that the driver on the day was Jackie Stewart.
Again, I have not yet managed to go back and research this.
But it made me wonder, when was the term first used, and by whom?
I have, in the years since that Warwick Farm meeting, seen reference to Jackie Stewart having used the name to conceal his identity early in his career, but it seems possible that he was not the first.
Posted 21 September 2001 - 05:23
I don't know about Australian speedway programmes, but the English magazines routinely used the term in race previews where no specific driver had been nominated. For example, lisiting entries for an F2 race they might say: Cooper: J Brabham, B McLaren, I Burgess, H Taylor, A N Other. Then when someone was found to drive the last car, his name would become public.
It would not have been difficult for Stewart to ensure that his name did not go in any such peview, and perhaps keep it out of race programmes by the same method.
But he certainly didn't get away with it for long. He was called Jackie Stewart in the mags right from the Marcos days.
Posted 21 September 2001 - 06:10
I think some of the references may well be connected with Archibald Other, who was a very talented driver in the middle to late fifties, and who looked at one time as though he might make it all the way to F1.
Sadly, so many race organisers refused his entries on the grounds that they already had a driver on the entry with that name, that poor Archibald became disillusioned with racing and retired to keep llamas in Sussex.
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Posted 21 September 2001 - 18:22
Why can't I find this "TBA" marque anywhere in the history books? They certainly seem to have manufactured a lot of chassis and engines over the years!