APRIL 7, 1968 – Grand Prix racing was in shock.
Jim Clark, two-time world Formula One Champion and Indy 500 winner, was dead.
He was fatally injured in a Formula Two race at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany.
It was on the fifth lap of the first heat of the twoheat race that Clark’s Lotus 48 veered off the track and crashed into the forest that lined the circuit. He died before reaching the hospital.
Clark’s death reverberated terribly through the racing community, with fellow Formula One drivers and close friends Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, John Surtees, Chris Amon and Jack Brabham all being personally affected by the tragedy.
Clark’s last win at age 32, was the Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Park, Victoria on February 25, when he beat Ferrari mounted Chris Amon by 0.1 second.
To honour the life of this gifted driver, award winning motorsport journalist David Tremayne has written a book, Jim Clark – The Best of the Best – to be published on the 50th anniversary of Clark’s death.
Within the 420 pages, he takes a detailed look at Clark’s complex and compelling character with personal insights from his family, friends, drivers and mechanics.
Clark was the yardstick by which every driver on the starting grid was judged, and by which they judged themselves. Quite simply, he was peerless. Stubborn and notoriously indecisive outside the car, he would nervously chew his fingernails, but he was a genius when he got behind the wheel.
To many he remains the greatest racing driver of all time, not just because of his fearsome strike rate and the magnitude and manner of his achievements, but also because he remained humble and unspoiled throughout.
The foreword is written by another Scottish motorsport legend, three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time Indycar champion, Dario Franchitti.