Max Stewart was killed in a Formula 5000 crash at Calder in 1977. Forty years on and he remains one of our most decorated openwheeler stars, with multiple Australian Drivers’ Championships and Australian Grand Prix victories to his name. Stewart was among the Aussie contingent in the US in 1973. In fact, he was arguably the most successful of all of them that year, being both the highest placed Australian in the points (12th) and the highest paid (Max took home $6800 prizemoney). Indeed, just as Stewart saw the US sojourn as an adventure to be enjoyed (and by all accounts the man they called the ‘Jolly Green Giant’ was quite adept at enjoying himself) the primary goal was to make it work financially. Like a lot of his compatriots, he was there on a shoestring, but Stewart vowed to only keep going as long as sufficient money was generated via results, and hopefully return home in the black. In the end the decision was taken from him as Stewart fractured his wrist in a crash at Mid Ohio, with five rounds to run. It’s tempting to wonder just how well he might have fared, given his strong run in the early races. Stewart never qualified lower than 13th, and he was sixth fastest for both the Michigan and Mid Ohio rounds. At Riverside and Michigan he claimed runnerup results in the heats, and fourth overall at Michigan was the best round result of the Australians in 1973.