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
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.
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:
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,
read more: ---> section
'Jim Clark at Indianapolis'
What a beauty still after decades: the restored 1965 Lotus Type 38/1 of Jim Clark
Sept. 2002: original setup of the site, different
layout in blue fonts and graphics
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
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