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    Posted on March 11, 2012 by Selby

     

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia


    Jim Clark F1 Motor racing Memorabilia

    Double World Champion, 25 Grand Prix Wins, 33 Pole Positions, F1 Memorabilia associated with Racing Legend Jim Clark, especially the Belgium Grand Prix 1962, significant as his first F1 Championship win. Jim the Gentleman Racer was the fastest man of his era.

    Jim Clark (1936 – 1968) was born in Kilmany Fifeshire Scotland in 1936; he was sadly killed competing in a second choice Formula 2 race in Hockenheim on 7th April 1968.

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia is high on the agenda of most Collectors and items associated with racing events back in 1958 would be of great interest to me, as would the 1962 F1 at Spa, his first Grand Prix win or Collectables from his Indy 500 win in 1965.

    Jim was brought up on the family sheep farm in the Berwickshire, completing his education at the independent Loretto School,  Musselbrough; he soon began competing  in local road rally and hill climb events,  which he entered driving his Sunbeam Talbot motor car purchased from his efforts working on the farm.

    His talents soon became evident and Jim was winning most of events he competed in. He would spend time assisting the organisers and generally became very involved not only on the racing front.

    At the start of 1958 season Jim met his Mentor for the first time, fellow racer and designer of Lotus cars Colin Chapman, they were both driving Lotus Elite sports cars at Brands Hatch, this meeting would eventually lead to Jims F1 debut in the 1960 season. The relationship that ensued was one which lasted until Jim’s untimely death. I have several signed photographs showing Jim and Colin at various circuits.

    1958 was an eventful season as shortly after his meeting with Colin Chapman  Jim became a major competitor in the more formalised Club events driving a Jaguar D type provided by a wealthy enthusiast. His first race at Full Sutton RAF aerodrome (3.2M) near York in the D type was a record breaker he became the first driver to officially lap a British circuit averaging over 100mph winning the Formula Libra and the Sports car races.

    His parents were concerned about the dangers of Motor Racing, a concern which was not alleviated in 1958 with six F1 drivers dead followed by Mike Hawthorn’s road fatality at the beginning of 1959.

    In 1959 Jim drove a Lotus Elite MK14 (Border Reivers)  with Sir John Whitmore in the June 24 hour Le Mans, the pair finished 2nd in their class and 10th overall, the race was won by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby driving an Aston Martin DBR1/300.

    It was at the Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort in June 1960 that Jim Clark made his F1 debut driving a mid-engine Lotus 18; he retired on lap 42 with transmission problems having started from 11th place on the grid, the podium places were taken by Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland and Graham Hill.

    His first F1 win was at the 1962 Belgian Grand Prix driving the Lotus Climax V8; he recorded the fastest lap, won from 12th position on the grid and was followed home by Graham Hill (BRM) and Phil Hill (Ferrari). He won the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July from Pole position and the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October again from Pole position, this win put Jim in a position to catch Graham Hill to win the 1962 World Championship, however it was not to be Jim started the South African Grand Prix from Pole and retired on lap 62 (last lap) with an oil leak.

    In 1963 he won the Belgium, Dutch, French, British, Italian Mexican and South African Grand Prix. With 7 of the 10 races won Jim Clark was the 1963 F1 World Champion with Lotus and Colin Chapman taking the Constructors Championship?

    In  1964 Jim was deprived of the title in the Mexican GP due to oil failure on lap 64 he had completed the fastest lap and started from Pole, Dan Gurney won the race in a Brabham Climax and Graham Hill took the World Championship by one point.

    In 1965 Jim dominated the ten race Championship winning six of the 10 races and his second World Championship. He missed Monaco to win the Indianapolis 500.

    Motor Racing Memorabilia from the Indy 500 event where Jim drove the Lotus 38 Ford, would be a great addition to any collection.

    It is important to put things in perspective and realise exactly how good Jim was, this is demonstrated by the fact that he competed in the Golden Age of Motor Racing against drivers such as Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Jackie Steward, Bandini,Ginther, Surtees to name but a few. Each of these drivers are excellent examples of Memorabilia in demand.

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia associated with the 1962 win would be of particular interest to Collectors, as would the 1960 event at Zandvoort his first GP, Collectables from early events are always in demand such as his early drives with the Jaguar short nose D type and the 1958 event at Brands Hatch. The 1963 win at Spa is of significance as it is often regarded as one of his best races.

    In 1964/65 completely dominated saloon car racing in his works white and green Lotus Cortina,

    1966 was uneventful as the new FIA 3 litre regulations came into being leaving the Lotus under powered and underperforming.

    In 1967 Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe went back to the drawing board and designed the Lotus 49, featuring the Cosworth DFV it would be the most successful engine seen so far in F1. Jim won the cars first race the Dutch GP, also winning the GB, USA and Mexican Grand Prix.

    1n 1968 Jim won the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami from Pole position, he put in the fastest lap confirming the success of the Lotus Ford; Jim was joined on the podium by Graham Hill(Lotus Ford) and Jochen Rindt (Brabham – Repco). It was the last race he would win.

    Jim was sadly killed competing in a Formula 2 event at Hockenhein Germany in 1968. The Gentleman Racer held the record 25 Grand Prix race wins, Pole position 33 times, from a total of 72 Grand Prix starts.

    A list of Jim Clark achievements is shown below:

    Formula 1 World Championship Winner in 1963, 1965

    First Briton to win  the Indy 500 1965

    British Touring Car Championship 1964

    Tasman Series Cup 1965, 67, 68

    Motorsports Hall of Fame 1990

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia which I currently own consists of signed photographs from the 1963 British Grand Prix, a signed Montage from Spa 1964, a 1967 signed photo of Jim in the new Cosworth Ford and several signed Programmes, Tickets, Steward Arm bands and race Collectables from later events.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Motor Racing Memorabilia

     


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