Friday, May 18, 2007

In Memory Of Jim Clark 1968

Jim (or Jimmy) Clark OBE (born March 4, 1936 – died April 7, 1968) was a Scottish Formula One (F1) racing driver considered one of the best drivers in motor sport history. He was born James Clark Jr. into a farming family in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland, the youngest child and only boy. He was educated at Loretto School in Edinburgh.

Although his parents were opposed to the idea, Clark started his racing career driving in local road rallies and hill climb events driving his own Sunbeam Talbot, and proved to be a fearsome competitor right from the off. By 1958 Clark was racing for the local Border Reivers team, racing Jaguar D-Types and Porsches in national events, and winning 18 races.

Then on Boxing Day 1958, Clark met the man who would launch him to superstardom. Driving a Lotus Elite, he finished second to Colin Chapman. Chapman was sufficiently impressed to give Clark a run in one of his Formula Junior cars, and the rest, as they say is history.

Nationality British
Active years1960 - 1968
Race starts72
Podium finishes32
Pole positions33
Fastest laps28
First Grand Prix1960 Dutch Grand Prix
First win1962 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win1968 South African Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix1968 South African Grand Prix

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