Jim Clark was a genuine sporting hero. He won 25 of his 72 Grands
Prix and in the sixties was the yardstick by which every other driver on
the starting grid was judged, and by which they judged themselves.
Quite simply, Clark was peerless. Stubborn and notoriously indecisive
outside the car, he would nervously chew his fingernails, but he was a
genius when he got behind the wheel. To many he remains the greatest
racing driver of all time, not just because of his fearsome strike rate
and the magnitude and manner of his achievements, but also because he
remained humble and unspoiled throughout. Published on the 50th
anniversary of Clark’s death, this book, 20 years in the making, is a
deeply detailed look at a complex and compelling character.
- Starting in a friend’s cars in driving tests, sprints, hill climbs,
autocrosses and rallies, Clark graduated to sports cars in his native
Scotland while still pursuing his other passion, which was farming.
- Such was his subliminal driving talent that motorsport overcame
farming (and parental opposition) and he went on to win in Formula 1,
Formula 2, Formula Junior, the Tasman series, sports cars and touring
cars, and to triumph in the legendary Indianapolis 500 in America.
Clark’s Formula 1 début came in
1960, with Team Lotus, where his unique fraternal relationship with
boss Colin Chapman became one of the cornerstones of success for them
Driving for Lotus throughout
his professional career, Clark was twice a World Champion, in 1963 and
1965, famously winning seven of 10 rounds on the way to his first crown.
On his first visit to the
Indianapolis 500, in 1963, he finished second, and two years later he
became the first Formula 1 star to win it, with his Lotus the first
rear-engine victor as well.
Clark’s tragic death, in a
Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in Germany on 7 April 1968, was likened by
compatriot and close friend Jackie Stewart to motorsport’s equivalent of
the atomic bomb.
A special feature of this book
is the personal insight from the author’s dozens of interviews with
family, friends, drivers and mechanics.
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