This website is my Tribute to a great man in a great era of motorsports
   

   

Jim Clark in 1967
photo: 1967 D.Phipps/Sutton Motorsport Images

The 1960`s arguably were the most exciting decade of Formula 1 racing. And Jim Clark was the pivotal figure of the period. The standard against whom all drivers were measured. In those years he became a household name, much like Senna and Schumacher in later decades only without the help of television. And unlike Senna and Schumacher his sportsmanship was not controversial. He was a gentleman on and off the track. A true legend in his own time.

     

Jim Clark 1967 at Silverstone in the Lotus 49 powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV engine
photo: 1967 Ford Motorsport Company and Wieck Media Service Inc.

The son of a farmer in Kilmany, Scotland, he raced Formula 1 from 1960 to 1968, and rewrote the record books. Jim Clark started in 72 GP's, 33 of which from pole position, led 43 of them and won 25. He was a F1 World Champion twice (1963 and 1965), missed the F1 World Championship for 3 times (1962, 1964 and 1967) only due to technical failures, won the Indy 500, and raced touringcars, sportscars and Formula 2 - almost always a Lotus. The typical Clark race was: start from pole, pull out a huge lead in the early stages, setting the fastest laptime in the process, then nurse the car home to win - or retire with mechanical trouble.
When he died, on April 7th, 1968 in an F2 race at Hockenheim, the shock wasn't confined to the racing world. Many realized that motor racing would never be the same again. With Jim Clark an era had died.

 

last update: Petra, 02.12.2010 ---> Jim Clark's Indy 500 winning car got finally restored:

Good news for the year 2010 and the Lotus Type 38 Chassis No.1, Jim Clark's Indy500 winning car:
The Indy500 winning Lotus Type 38 Chassis No. 1 is rolling again after 45 years

Jim Clark's 1965 Indy 500 winning Lotus Type 38 got finally restored by Classic Team Lotus, Hethel, England. Full of childhood memories as a seven year old when he witnessed Jim Clark's victory at the 1965 Indy500, watching his Dad dancing up and down pitlane, the son of Colin Chapman,
Clive Chapman, admitted: "For Classic Team Lotus to be intrusted with the restoration to running condition is really the pinnacle of my career."

read more: ---> section  'Jim Clark at Indianapolis'
 

 

What a beauty still after decades: the restored 1965 Lotus Type 38/1 of Jim Clark

 
 

Updates:

Sept. 2002: original setup of the site, different layout in blue fonts and graphics
update: 05.10.2003 with new additional images, item: "Photogallery other Legends"
site underwent a complete redesign in February 2005, more updates to come
update: 15.05.2005 in the "Ford section", added DFV V8 engine
update: 24.10.2005 put in the Lotus 25 and 43
uodate: 30.12.2005 in Indy500 section of the years 1963-64, additional images
update: January 2006 again a complete redo of the Tribute
update: 31.01.2006 a complete redo of the Indy500 section of this website with lots of additional images up to March 1968
update: 06.02.2006 additional images in section "Other Legends"
update: 07.04.2006 added F1 seasons 1960-1963
update: 08.05.2006 added F1 season 1964
update: 11.06.2006 added F1 season 1965
update: 05.07.2006 added 17 images into the "Other Legends" folder
update: 13.07.2006 added 7 images in "non Formula cars" - sports cars
update: 20.07.2006 added images to his F1 1960 season
update: 30.07.2006 added images to his F1 1961 season
update: 14.08.2006 added images to his F1 1962 season
update: 07.01.2007 added images to his F1 1963 season
update: 16.05.2007 new section: Jim`s Racing Legacy with his overall performance, all races
update: 20.06.2007 a few images in "non Formula cars" section, Sports Cars
update: 17.12.2007 added images to his F1 1962 season
update: 05.03.2008 added 15 images to his F1 1962 season
update: 24.03.2008 added 17 images to his F1 1963 season
update: 03.04.2008 added images to his 1968 season
update: 05.04.2008 added images to the Indy500 1965
update: 18.04.2008 added quotes by Michael Oliver
update: 21./23.06.2008 added images to his 1964 season
update: 23.11.2008 added a few images here and there, mostly his early days
update: 06.12.2008 added images for his Indy500 1966 season
update: 06.04.2009 added finally some images to "In Loving Memory" - the Memorial section
update: 02.12.2010 added the story of restored 1965 Lotus Type 38

planned update in in total: to cover his racing career from begin to end in April 1968, I lost track of the number of images ;-) so stay tuned

NOTE: this website is always under construction!



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  photo credits:
Images are property of Ford Motorsport Company, USA, and Phipps/Sutton Motorsport Images, UK, thus protected by international copyrights, do not copy or publish without explicit permission - this includes any use on web pages! Any form of reproduction, in whole or in part, of photography, text, illustrations, buttons or any other element of this website is generally not permitted.

Right on the frontpage I like to thank "Classic Team Lotus", England, for giving kindly permission to use their logo, thx to Steve Allen
sources I used:
go to credits site: click here

Contact: webmaster -  Petra Kienast, Germany

 

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