The grand prix world will this weekend remember the legendary Jim Clark,
who was killed on 7 April thirty years ago.


The quiet Scot made his mark on the sport by taking two dominant world
championships in 1963 and 1965, but is remembered for the sporting way in
which he accepted both victory and defeat. Clark was the champion with whom
everyone could identify, but who disliked the fame and popularity his
talent gave him.


A man of his word, Clark was honouring a promise to Team Lotus boss Colin
Chapman on the weekend he died at Hockenheim. That the race was perhaps a
meaningless Formula Two encounter made no difference to him, despite the
fact he could have been driving a sportscar at Brands Hatch instead. As
with Ayrton Senna 26 years later, the death of such a talented driver
rocked the sport, but left a memory so indelible that he will always be
regarded as one of the greats of motor racing.

 

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