SEP 08th 2015

Video: Watch Clark beat Hill 51‑years ago

The last ever Formula One race to take place at Goodwood was in 1965. It was the Sunday Mirror Trophy which was run (somewhat ironically) on Easter Monday and featured the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart and Innes Ireland. That Clark won is not so much of a surprise; he was challenging for the World Championship and was in fine form that year. His Lotus 25 was often a green and yellow metronome, clicking off the laps from the front one by one…

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What was unusual about that race is that both Clark and Stewart posted identical lap times of 1:20.4, which will stand as Goodwood’s official lap record forever since the circuit famously closed in 1966 without the time being bettered. On the Sunday of the Revival at about 1:20 we’ll be recreating those record laps, with four-time IndyCar Champion and former DTM racer Dario Franchitti playing Jim Clark in a Lotus 25 and Sir Jackie Stewart as himself in a BRM P261.

Sadly we can’t find footage of that particular race, but what we do have here is some coverage of the previous year’s event which Clark also won, despite having to chase Graham Hill for most of it. It would appear that despite Clark being at the top of his game at the time, Hill had the beating of him fair-and-square before the ill fortune that robbed Clark of the World Championship in 1964 struck the ever-popular Hampstead man with just a few laps to go.

So it was Clark who added to his trophy cabinet in the end and on Sunday we’ll be celebrating both he and Sir Jackie Stewart. However the cars might be circulating a tad slower then they were back in 1965 …

Video courtesy of British Pathe.

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