David Coulthard was born on 27 March 1971 in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. He came from a racing family: his grandfather had competed in the Monte Carlo Rally and his father was Scottish National Champion of kart racing.
After David received a kart for his eleventh birthday from his father, he went on to win several local karting championships including the Scottish Junior Kart Championship and the Scottish Kart Championship as a teenager.
In 1989, David moved into car racing and won the British Formula Ford Championship and in doing so, was awarded the first McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. And thus began the illustrious career of Coulthard, who only retired from Formula One racing, in 2008.
In 2010 David was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours.
As a young boy, David was inspired by Formula One World Champions, Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Jim Clark, twice World Champion, came from the east side of the Scottish Borders but he was tragically killed in a Formula Two motor racing accident in Germany in 1968.
The late Inness Ireland, the first Scot to ever win a Grand Prix, came first at the 1961 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen with Lotus. Interestingly Ireland went to the same local school as David Coulthard and his father.
Allan McNish, former F1 driver, three times Le Mans winner and a well known name in the world of racing, is also from Dumfries and like David, now lives in Monacco.
Sir Jackie Stewart
Finally a review of some memorable Scottish racing heroes would not be complete without reference to Sir Jackie Stewart a.k.a “The Flying Scot”. He was not born in Dumfries, but as three times world champion, he played a bit part in David’s early career as part of Paul Stewart Racings, Starcass of Talent.