Watch Jim Clark Show Why He Was One of the Best

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Watch Jim Clark Show Why He Was One of the Best

Today marks 53 years since Jim Clark’s passing during a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim. In his 32 years on Earth, the Scotsman captured Formula 1 titles in 1963 and 1965, and won the 1965 Indianapolis 500. To this day, he’s regarded as one of the greatest racers of all time, and this British Pathé footage from the 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch is a good reminder why.

It was a race that Clark won from pole in his Lotus 25—itself an icon—and though the race footage is fabulous, the onboard shots of Clark are remarkable. Clearly, these shots were taken during a practice session as there was no camera on Clark’s car during the race, but that doesn’t take anything away. Here on display is the finesse that brought Clark so many race wins in many different disciplines. He’s not fighitng the car here, just flitting it from corner to corner with seeming ease.

Clark’s finesse and mechanical sympathy were critical when race cars still wore bias-ply tires and weren’t nearly as reliable as they are today. His mechanics often spoke of his ability to treat cars with a delicay other drivers couldn’t match, all while being quicker than everyone else out there.

And it wasn’t just his driving that made him so memorable. Clark was an unlikely world champion, quiet, thoughtful, and more comfortable on his Scottish farm than, say, Monaco. He is a subject of endless fascination. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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