Inspired designs on tshirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. A native of scotland, clark started racing sports cars when he was 20 years old and soon graduated to single seaters. Famous race car driver deaths due to blunt force trauma. Yet in spite of this clark would manage to finish fifth in his second grand prix.
Jim clark the best of the best jim clark was a genuine sporting hero. The remains of jim clarks car after his fatal crash photo. It was a terribly dangerous sport back then, looking through a 1966 usgp program, a race won by jim clark, at least 6, possibly more, of the 19 listed starters were later killed in racingtesting accidents. Jim clark many auto racing historians consider jim clark one of the greatest drivers of all time. Impressed by the young scottish drivers talent, chapman began following clarks racing exploits. Clark was an allrounder of note, quite comfortable hurling a cortina on two wheels around the tight confines of the brands hatch indy circuit as he was power sliding his. He never intended to make racing a way of life, let alone become the best in the world in a sport that for him began as farm boys hobby. Loretto school, musselburgh, near edinburgh, scotland, united kingdom finished 1952 trivia. Jim clark grew up in a farming community in the borders town but had a need for speed and started racing locally before teaming up with colin chapman and the lotus team. I only have golden memories of jimmy in every shape and form. Find highquality jim clark race car driver stock photos and editorial news pictures from getty images. I only have golden memories of jimmy motor sport magazine. Jimmy clark, lotus 25, oulton park classic racing cars. Jim clark will forever be a formula 1 legend, his fatal accident 50 years ago on 7 april 1968 robbed the sport of a driver many regard him as the greatest of all time.
In formula 2 clark enjoyed immediate success and when the aston martin drive failed to materialize, clark signed on with lotus for their formula 1 efforts as well. And when the sport took jim clarks life the racing world mourned the loss of one of its bestloved champions, the unassuming scottish driving genius whose. Jim clark will forever be a formula 1 legend, his fatal accident 50 years ago on 7 april 1968 robbed the sport of a driver many regard him as the greatest of. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Jim clarks father is james clark jim clarks mother is helen clark. Clark won 25 of the 72 formula 1 races he contested before he was killed at age 32 during a formula 2 race at hockenheim, germany. A farewell to jimmy clark sports illustrated vault. The stats speak for themselves, and he was as good a human being as he was a racing driversenna and the rest arent fit to lace his boots. History of formula 1 grand prix hall of fame jimmy clark images. Apr 06, 2018 jim clark will forever be a formula 1 legend, his fatal accident 50 years ago on 7 april 1968 robbed the sport of a driver many regard him as the greatest of all time.
Jim clark became the first driver to finish the indianapolis 500 with an average speed above 150 mph he averaged 150. This was the most dangerous course in grand prix racing, a 9 mille monster and in 1960 it took the lives of two drivers including clark s teammate alan stacey. Moss was a better allrounder for any type of racing. He connected lotuss colin chapman with ford motor company and the result was a lightweight monocoque chassis fitted with a specially designed ford v8 mounted behind the driver. On 7 april 1968, clark died in a racing accident at the hockenheimring in germany.
Chapman took the win, but clark finished second in the 10lap duel. Jim clark was widely considered by his peers and fans as the best racing driver of the era, and his death in an april 1968 formula 2 crash stunned the world. Many auto racing historians consider jim clark one of the greatest drivers of all time. Chris irwin, another british entry, who was driving about 250 yards behind. For contributor david tremayne and many others, the scot remains the greatest driver to have ever pulled on a helmet and climbed into a racing car.
Click on the number of races to see individual races for that year. And when the sport took jim clark s life the racing world mourned the loss of one of its bestloved champions, the unassuming scottish driving genius whose personal integrity and admirable human qualities endeared him to fans and rivals alike. I told mum and dad clark about that and they were deeply moved. The legendary scottish racing driver jimmy clark is often overlooked when people list their greatest formula one drivers of all time.
I started racing karts when i was 10 years old and have loved motorsports since. Jimmy clark was and still is the greatest racing driver thats ever walked the face of this earth. Apr 07, 2018 the first motor racing book i received was jim clark at the wheel. James jim clark was the british racing driver, the twotime formula 1 world championsh during the and one of the true legends of motorsport. I went to a cocktail party and fangio was the guest of honour. See more ideas about racing driver, clark, race cars. Jim clark, the former world motor racing champion was killed when his lotuscosworth skidded off the track and somersaulted into a wood at about 170mph during a formula two race here today.
Clark was a versatile driver who competed in sports cars, touring cars and in the indianapolis 500, which he won in 1965. But all these years later, why does he continue to be so. He was speaking to me about jim clark, obviously via an interpreter. Obe 4 march 1936 7 april 1968 was a british formula one racing driver from scotland, who won two world championships, in 1963 and 1965. Back in the days when the british government leached up to 97 per cent from a race drivers income, yet he had at least a 30 per cent chance of. The death of jim clark shock the motor racing world to the core, just as the tragedies of 1955 and 1994. Year, age, races, win, podium, pole, laps, led, points, rank, avst, avfn, raf, llf, dnq, wd. There were a number of photos i had never seen, making that a plus. Get the latest race results, news, videos, pictures, win record and more for jimmy clark on.
Driver jimmy clark 1967 nascar grand national results. This onboard video of jim clark racing a grand prix car in 1963 is breathlessly awesome. Jim clark was on the pole for the italian and european grand prix with his works lotus 49ford cosworth, and for a while out there seemed to have the highspeed race in the bag. Jim clark, farmer and twotime f1 world motor racing champion, was killed while driving in.
Lotus fan julian balme drives jim clarks lotus elan drive. Clark didnt seem to understand why he was fast, but destroyed top fields time and again. Apr 21, 2018 the saturday of the bahrain grand prix earlier this month marked 50 years since jim clark one of f1s greatest ever champions was killed in an f2 crash at hockenheim. The unforgettable jim clark he was nibbling his nails the first time i saw him just as they said he would be. Few would disagree with the triple world champion, britains most successful racing driver until lewis hamilton rewrote the record book.
Click on the site to see jimmy clark s career results at that track. In 1956, he drove his first event and by 1958, driving for the border reivers team, he had won 18 national events. Jim clark the best of the best by david tremayne motor. Jimmy was not only a famous driver, he was an international personality, loved by all his fiercest rivals. How tall is jim clark racer jim clark height comparison. He was a world class driver, regarded as one of the finest formula 1 race car drivers of all time. Our jim clark art collection celebrates the drives of this acclaimed racing driver with limited edition prints and original paintings from top motoring artists. Find how tall is your favorite star racer jim clark along with hisher height chart. The saturday of the bahrain grand prix earlier this month marked 50 years since jim clark one of f1s greatest ever champions was killed in an f2 crash at hockenheim. Driver jimmy clark 1968 formula one results racing. Rare original race posters often feature in our collections as we source them for enthusiasts, investors and collectors.
He is generally consided to be one of formula ones bestever drivers, whose early and tragic death at just 32 years old in a formula two race in hockenheim in 1968 shocked the world. Clark led for 190 of the races 200 laps and took the checkered flag nearly two minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Twice world champion and winner of the 1965 indianapolis 500, this quietly spoken and reserved scot was revered on both sides of the atlantic. Dec 11, 2018 jim clark was widely considered by his peers and fans as the best racing driver of the era, and his death in an april 1968 formula 2 crash stunned the world. Clarks body is due to be flown back to scotland later today. Aug 25, 1965 zurich, switzerland file photo jim clark was a british formula one racing driver. Jim clark was arguably the best driver the world has seen and certainly one of the most versatile. James anthony murphy september 12, 1894 september 15, 1924 was an american race car driver who won the 1921 french grand prix, the 1922 indianapolis 500, and the american racing championship in 1922 and 1924. At the time of his death, he had won more grand prix races 25 and more pole positions 33 than any driver.
Clark, who is still considered by some as the most natural racing driver of all time, won. Nov 03, 2019 brian lohnes apex video, bangshift apex comments off on this onboard video of jim clark racing a grand prix car in 1963 is breathlessly awesome. The first motor racing book i received was jim clark at the wheel. He has won more grand prix races than any other driver. 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. Jim clark racing driver article about jim clark racing. I respect other peoples opinions that differ to thisbut their wrong. Jim clarkbirthday wednesday, march 04, 1936 died sunday, april 07, 1968 dr. Jim clark race car driver stock pictures, royaltyfree photos. And he said in my opinion jim clark was the greatest racing driver ever. Nobody but jimmy could have nursed sick cars to victory. In the 1960s formula one was not regularly televised and frankly there is a dearth of footage of this two time world champion and indy 500 winner. Excellent author, david tremayne has been researching and compiling this book for over 20 years and like his work on donald campbell, the detail and knowledge he imparts is superb.
In 1959, clark finished 10th at le mans, codriving a lotus elite, before going on to take victory at the boness hill climb behind the wheel of a lister jaguar. Obe was a british formula one racing driver from scotland, who won two world championships, in 1963 and 1965. Jim clark was one of more than 100 international racing drivers killed in action between 1958 and 1968. His first race for lotus was at the dutch grand prix in 1960, where he raced in place of john surtees who was still racing motorcycles at the time.
Click on the site to see jimmy clarks career results at that track glossary. At the time of his death, aged 32, he had won more grand prix races and achieved more grand prix pole positions. Scotsman jim clark, team lotuss top driver, took the new design to an impressive second place finish at indy in 1963. Jim clark is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, admired for his remarkable achievements and famous for his humility. Jim clark and the win that changed indy blog the henry. Fred gamble, goodyear international racing director in the 60s, wrote to on track magazine and, in the 23 may 93 issue, his letter headed time for the truth was published. The exact cause of this accident of the worlds best driver was never clearly established. I would have been seven or eight at the timearound a decade after the scots deathand it became my first proper. Mystery of jim clarks fatal crash lingers 50 years on.
James jim or jimmy clark, jr obe born 4 march 1936 in kilmany, scotland died 7 april 1968 in hockenheim, germany was a british formula one driver who won the 1963 and 1965 world championships. He formed a remarkable relationship with boss colin chapman, meaning he often had the fastest car. Jim clark smiles up from the cockpit of his lotus formula one car. Norman graham hill obe 15 february 1929 29 november 1975 was a british racing driver and team owner from england, who was the formula one world champion twice. Clark was killed in a formula two racing accident in 1968 in hockenheim, west germany. Jim clark s death during a f2 race in hockenheim in 1968. Not absentlymindedly but seemingly with aggression, palm turned upwards, free hand inspecting frequently. Jim clark, farmer and twotime f1 world motor racing champion, was killed while driving in a meaningless formula two. At the road racing drivers club dinner held in honour of dan gurney that took place.
The announcer on the radio suggested that all those listening who were mourning the death of the great racing driver jim clark should turn on their headlights. If you liked jimmy clark and grand prix racing in the sixties, you will like this book. On this day jim clark the motor racing champion was killed in a car. Clarks love for racing at all levels ultimately led to his death. Click on the year to see the standings for that year. Jim clarks death during a f2 race in hockenheim in 1968. Obe 4 march 1936 7 april 1968 was a british formula one racing driver.
He reckoned jimmy was in such a state that he shouldnt start. Race engines world of sports car and driver vintage racing formula one grand prix race cars. Wonderful images a peerless collection illustrating clarks racing exploits. Often called jimmy by fans, he was the dominant driver of his era, winning two world championships, in 1963 and 1965. Clark s body is due to be flown back to scotland later today.
Hang your posters in dorms, bedrooms, offices, or anywhere blank walls arent welcome. The thing which made jimmy clark such a great driver and what really makes a. Jim clark prints posters and paintings historic car art. Download premium images you cant get anywhere else. When the newsreader michael aspel, with a portrait of jim clark in the background, began with the sombre words. Even fangio himself said he was the best ever driver. And when the sport took jim clarks life the racing world mourned the loss of one of its bestloved champions, the unassuming scottish driving genius whose personal integrity and admirable human qualities endeared him to fans and rivals alike. Jim clark had a relationship with sally swart, sally stokes. Fifty years after clarks death, author david tremayne has released a stunning new volume on the scottish stars life and. Jim clark and the win that changed indy the henry ford. Jimmy s death is probably the most tragic thing in my experience of motor racing probably in the history of motor racing. So equipped, clark dominated and would have won more than two titles had it not been for poor reliability. The supreme attraction of motor racing to me is driving a car as near the.
May 15, 2009 the legendary scottish racing driver jimmy clark is often overlooked when people list their greatest formula one drivers of all time. But jimmy clark is my all time favorite racing driver and i was glad to read it all again. Find out information about jim clark racing driver. He was particularly associated with the lotus marque. Concerning the circumstances of jimmy clarks death. Chapman and his team were producing more than that a year driving jimmys elan lotus fan julian balme drives to his heros homeland in clarks company car. He did it all with the same carwith lotusand this combination of colin chapman the constructor and jim clark the driver was very strong. Jimmy clark was one of the great race drivers of his day in grand prix, various levels of formula competition, and even at places like the indy 500. The remains of jim clarks lotus after his fatal crash. Jim clarks elan gp heros lotus returns to his scottish home most engineers would be happy to create one great car in their life. Clarks lotus 48 veered off the track and crashed into the trees. Jim clark was peerless in life, both on and off the track, and remains. He is the only driver ever to win the triple crown of motorsportthe 24 hours of le mans, indianapolis 500 and the monaco grand prix. He died when he was just 33 but by then the scottish farmers lad had surpassed the grand prix victory total of the legendary juan manuel fangio.
The story of an enigmatic scottish sheep farmer who, in his day, became the greatest racing driver of all time, before being tragically killed in a race. Concerning the circumstances of jimmy clark s death. Wonderful subject, jim clark was, without question, the best of the best. In one of these races clark drove a lotus elite against none other than colin chapman who was a fair driver in his own right. If a car had problems he was a master at driving round the problems. Jimmys death is probably the most tragic thing in my experience of motorracing probably in the history of motorracing. Clark was an allrounder of note, quite comfortable hurling a cortina on two wheels around the tight confines of the brands hatch indy circuit as he was power sliding his cosworth v8 powered lotus formula 1 car through the forests of spafrancorchamps. Reuters jackie stewart starts a chapter of his autobiography with a simple sentence. In march 1960, he drove his first race in the newly introduced formula i and went on to. For many formula one fans, the date april 7, 1968, is the day the music died.181 1348 1245 1 1589 1069 214 1221 59 166 1490 1309 682 146 919 732 1245 536 1264 1266 1032 1095 766 521 991 591 63 1462 368 1158 23 640 621 858