TRIBUTE TO A CHAMPION
Hardcover, 176 pages.
He seemed born to drive. He could make any machine perform at its limit; he dominated race returns for a decade. Through it all, Jim Clark never lost the honesty and integrity of his roots as a Scottish border farmer.
Out of print for twenty years, the 2017 edition of Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion is newly revised and expanded and completely redesigned in colour throughout. This handsomely bound classic of motor racing celebrates the life and achievements of Jim Clark (1936-1968).
From a Scottish farming family Clark rewrote the annals of American racing at Indianapolis, second at his first attempt in 1963, winning in 1965. He seemed a match for any odds during eight dangerous years at the top of motor racing, yet died in an unlikely accident at a minor event at Hockenheim on April 7, 1968. Genius at the wheel was not enough. Rivals’ subsequent safety campaigns saved countless lives on and off the track.
Distinguished motoring journalist Eric Dymock knew Clark personally, and this detailed, nuanced portrait throws light on the tense mood of Formula 1 in the hazardous 1960s when Clark narrowly missed four consecutive world titles. Misfortune in the closing laps of the final race of the season twice denied him a unique quartet. Some of his other records remain secure however. Clark’s eight “grand slams” (pole position, leading every lap, fastest lap and winning a Grand Prix – his closest rivals Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher managed only five) is unlikely to be matched.