The life and racing success of Jim Clark will be remembered by the Historic Sports Car Club at Donington Park on Saturday April 7 with a lunch-time celebration on the start line.
The HSCC’s opening race meeting of the season falls exactly 50 years from the day when Clark was killed in a Formula 2 accident at Hockenheim. The Club will hold a minute’s silence at 1pm on Saturday and is inviting drivers, team members, marshals, officials and spectators to come to the grid and show their respect for one of Britain’s greatest racing drivers.
Several cars of the type raced by Clark during his career will be placed on the grid. Then the appropriate sound of bag pipes being played will be the lead in to the minute’s silence for a Scottish sporting legend.
The piper will be Angus MacCurrach and he is a fitting person for this role as he has a keen interest in historic racing and held Jim Clark as his hero. Remarkably, Angus went to the same school as Clark.
The Club’s CEO Grahame White said: “We hope everyone at Donington on the day will come to the grid to honour the memory of Jim Clark. The invitation most certainly includes the marshals and spectators as well as everyone involved in the racing.”
Jim Clark was a genuine sporting hero. Driving for Lotus throughout his professional career, he was twice a World Champion, in 1963 and 1965, and won 25 of his 72 Grands Prix.
Ever Publishing is to release this new book on the 50th anniversary of Clark’s death. 20 years in the making, the book is a deeply detailed look at a complex and compelling character. A special aspect is the personal insight from author David Tremayne’s dozens of interviews with family, friends, drivers and mechanics.