The official lap record around Goodwood Motor Circuit stands at 1m 20.4s. It was set, at the circuit’s final Formula 1 race in 1965, at a time when stopwatches went to tenths but not hundredths or thousands of a second as they do now. So when two drivers recorded the same time there was no way to separate them. Both the drivers were from Scotland; one was Jackie Stewart, the other was Jim Clark.
“Jim was certainly the best driver I ever raced against. I think he was only headed by Fangio, he was that good,” Sir Jackie tells us in this video from the 2013 Goodwood Revival.
Among its many claims to fame, this year’s Revival had one to strike a chord with every motor sport enthusiast: the 50th anniversary of Jim’s first F1 World Championship. In motor sport circles excuses for a celebration rarely get better than that.
And it was quite a get-together, as our video records. It wasn’t just cars that were out in force – more than 50 Jim Clark-related machines took to the track, as eclectic a mix as you could wish for, reflecting his ability to drive, and win, in just about anything on four wheels – but also his contemporaries.
In the film we talk to Jim’s racing rivals, like Sir Jackie but also Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks, about Clark the man, the friend and the racing driver. We catch up too with Dario Franchitti to find out what it’s like to drive some of the cars that took Clark to so many victories in such a short space of time.
All agree on one thing: Jim Clark was the rarest kind of hero, as LM reminded us when we were putting the film together: “I was a motor racing obsessed boy at the time and Jim was always very nice to me. He was a thoroughly good guy, quiet and charming, not brash like some of the other drivers. And he made driving look effortless.”
Even in a Revival packed with memorable moments the Clark Tribute stood out. So enjoy this FortyOneSix video taster of one of the sport’s greats. There is only one thing missing from it and that of course is Jim Clark himself. But for a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968 he might well have been at this year’s Revival to mark the half century since his first championshiop in person.
What price that, eh?
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