Double F1 World Champion Jim Clark is to be honoured during a special evening event being organised during this summer's Silverstone Classic, it has been announced.
Staged in the new Silverstone Wing building, the inaugural BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner will take place on Friday 26 July almost exactly 50 years after Clark won the British Grand Prix
at Silverstone on 20 July 1963 en-route
to his first F1 World Championship crown.
Open to members of the British Racing Drivers' Club and Silverstone Classic competitors, the commemorative dinner will include special tributes to the Scot – a racing legend still widely hailed to be Britain's greatest ever Grand Prix driver.
Clark won the F1 World Championship title in 1963 and 1965, and was the first British driver to win the Indianapolis 500, again in 1965. At the time of his death, when racing a Formula Two car at Hockenheim in Germany in 1968, he had won more Grand's Prix (25 from just 72 starts) and pole positions (33) than any other driver.
Many of those who knew Clark from the Sixties will be sharing their memories during this dedicated evening and several of his trophies, cars and other memorabilia will be on display in the Wing.
As well as being inexorably linked with Colin Chapman and Lotus, Clark is also remembered as a Silverstone specialist. He won three consecutive British Grand's Prix at the superfast Northamptonshire circuit in 1963, 1965 and 1967 (the race was staged at Brands Hatch in the intervening years) and 50 years ago did the F1 double at Silverstone winning both the non-championship BRDC International Trophy in May and then the British Grand Prix
two months later.
“Jim Clark was one of the greatest racing drivers of all times as well as a notable member of the BRDC and a true Silverstone hero – that's why we are so pleased and privileged to be honouring his incredible career with this special BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner in July,” said Derek Warwick, president of the British Racing Drivers' Club.
“The Classic is now firmly established as a major event on the international historic motor racing calendar and it presents us with the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to past champions. We hope this BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner will become a regular highlight in the years to come.”
“The Silverstone Classic already showcases so much superb motor racing history that it seems entirely appropriate that we should pay homage to some of the champions from the past. And who better to celebrate first than Jim Clark – more so as this is the golden anniversary of his first world championship title,” added event director Nick Wigley.