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Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark was born in Kilmany in Fife on March 4th 1936, the son of a farmer. Six years later, the family moved to the Duns area, to the farm of Edington Mains, near Chirnside. His early contact with motor racing was as a navigator in the 1955 International Scottish Rally. His interest aroused, he was soon driving in local events, having joined the Berwick and District Motor Club.

Locally, he raced at Charterhall, co-founding the Border Motor Racing Club with Ian Scott-Watson Working his way through the grades, he appeared in Formula 2 events, and was soon into Formula 1, driving his first race for Lotus at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1960. Mechanical failures plagued Clark's Lotus throughout the next two years, but in 1963 he dominated the World Championship with an amazing seven wins in the ten race series to take the title. The following year was less successful, with Clark losing out to Hill and Surtees in the last race of the series. 1965, however, saw Clark back as World Champion and as winner of the Indianapolis 500 as well, having led for 190 of the 200 laps. Thereafter, he won at Zandvoort in 1967 and in South Africa in 1968. This was to be his last win, for on the fifth lap of a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in Germany, his car flew off the track into the woods and he was killed. No satisfactory cause was ever found for the accident, though many theories were put forward.

He died on April 7th 1968. He is buried in Chirnside Graveyard, near to his home.

Fittingly, the Jim Clark Room, the museum in his memory, is in Duns, the town which made him a Freeman in 1965, the highest honour the town could bestow on him.

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