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Elisetalk Trip to UK 2007 - Memories of Jim Clark

Before I joined the ET group at Bury St. Edmunds on Aug 27th, I went up to Scotland and the northern parts of England to do and see a couple of other things. Always having believed that Jim Clark was the most talented F1 driver ever and of course the Lotus driver, I followed his traces in Scotland.

He was born in a spot near St. Andrews, called Kilmany, that has just a few homes and farms. However, there is a statue to be seen commemorating the great son of the village.

There is also a small museum in Duns, southeast of Edinburgh, the Jim Clark Room. Trophies, pictures, overalls and other items are carefully displayed there, very personal. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures in the Room.
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I spent a while on the churchyard of Chirnside, a few miles east of Duns, where Clark is buried. He had his farm in Chirnside.
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Very nice, thank you for posting that.

At the moment I'm reading "Colin Chapman: the Man and His Cars", and of course there is quite a lot about "Jimmy" Clark. Quite a loss - only 32 years old...

BTW, I bought that book at the Lotus store at the factory, back in late June, and the fellow behind the counter made sort of a production of very carefully wrapping it up, and noted that "this is the last one we have in stock at the moment". I appreciated the care but didn't quite get it...well a few weeks later back at home, I unwrapped the book and saw that it's autographed by Hazel and Clive Chapman

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Very cool, Michael. Thanks for the post.

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Very nice, Michael. Thanks. Kind of completes the Lotus picture. I recently finished reading "Jim Clark, Racing Legend". He was an interesting man--completely different out of a car. Didn't know you had been to Scotland before meeting up with us in Bury St. Edmunds. What a town. Wish I was there now having a pint.

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nor did I know you were up there - great photos, thanks for sharing
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only 32? how did he die? in an accident?

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only 32? how did he die? in an accident?
He was Killed when a tire separated fom the rim of the F2 car he was testing.
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Well Done!

Michael,

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and information. I have been a great fan of Jimmy Clark since I was a kid and he was winning Formula One races by just running away from the field. He had amazing natual talent and should have set many more records.

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He was Killed when a tire separated fom the rim of the F2 car he was testing.
Close. It was during an actual race at Hockenheim.
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He was Killed when a tire separated fom the rim of the F2 car he was testing.
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So sad.....

His death affected other drivers much more than most.
They were used to losing two or three guys a year then but Jimmy's death hit them hard.
the feeling was "If it can happen to Jimmy, it can happen to anyone".

The same thing happened with Ayrton Senna


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Thank you all for your appreciation.

I read a quote of Jim Clark in the 'Room' which I cannot recall exactly, but the meaning was this: "for more and more racing today is a business, for me it is a sport". This been said 40 years ago. How would that sound today?

He considered himself as a farmer.
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Thanks for the pics, Michael! I was impressed that his gravestone is headed "Farmer." In every vintage newsreel film I've seen of Clark, the announcer always say something like "Jim Clark, Formula One racer and Scottish farmer..." Clearly, that was a part of his life of which he was very proud.

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Thank you all for your appreciation.

I read a quote of Jim Clark in the 'Room' which I cannot recall exactly, but the meaning was this: "for more and more racing today is a business, for me it is a sport". This been said 40 years ago. How would that sound today?

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I think if he was in NASCAR he would say "The RedBull, Viagra, Interstate Batteries, Home Depot, Lotus was runnin' real good today....."


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Picture of Jim Clark 1967

Here a picture of Jim Clark in 1967 Finland, Keimola Ring F2 race, drivers meeting. He won. I saw there also Dennis Hulme, Curt Lincoln, others.
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