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#401 Doug Nye

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 21:02

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#402 lotuspoweredbyford

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 21:44

My all time racing hero even though he passed before I was born.

Remembering my favorite champion today.



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#403 ensign14

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 22:15

Edit: Ensign's words say it all, although I am not sure (personally) that Villeneuve really compares.

I wasn't intending to compare the drivers themselves but the public reactions to them - Gilles is about the only driver I could imagine commemorative threads being opened and annually revived four decades after his death.

#404 sterling49

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 22:18

I was fortunate to see Jim race a few times every year in the '60s, what an impression this sportsman made on a, then, 8 year old, and what a sad day it was at "that" B.O.A.C. in 1968 when I was just 15. The sheer joy of watching Jim race has rarely been captured in the same spirit................

#405 rmhorton

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 23:20

Another article from Peter Windsor



http://peterwindsor....able-jim-clark/


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#406 Eaglenindy

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:56

I grew up watching Jimmy Clark here at Indy. He always had an aura about him that I've only only seen in a few others. Those being; AJ, Parnelli, Mario, Dan Gurney, Mark Donohue and Rick Mears.

They were/are the best of the best. They were all sooooo smooth going through the turns of Indy, LeMans and Monaco. All had that special something that set them apart on and off the track. Some call it pinache, some call it big brass balls, I call it a particular blend of personality and ability.

God bless the ones that are gone, God save the ones that are still here and God speed to them all.

#407 Tuboscocca

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:22

I wasn't intending to compare the drivers themselves but the public reactions to them - Gilles is about the only driver I could imagine commemorative threads being opened and annually revived four decades after his death.



Agreed, and Jochen Rindt?? At least in Austria and Germany ..

Regards Michael

#408 Spartan

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 17:51

Forty-four years gone but never forgotten.

Like a number of posters on here i never saw Jim race but he will always be an inspiration - as well as a hero.

Does anyone know if 'The Quiet Champion' film is ever to be released on dvd?

It's been some three years since it was first broadcast on BBC4 - a release is long overdue!!

#409 Edington Mains

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 20:42

From my username you can tell where my thoughts were yesterday (again).. even though i was busy with a racing car i still took a couple of minutes out to have aquiet thought to myself.

I will do the same again on May 1st and May 8th.

#410 Gary C

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 20:51

'Does anyone know if 'The Quiet Champion' film is ever to be released on dvd?'
I was involved in the production of the programme, and indeed, haven't heard of any dvd releases for any of Mark Craig's programmes on Graham Hill or Jim Clark, which is a shame.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:57

The master. :up: The champion. :up::up: The incomparable. :up::up::up:

RIP Jim. We remember.


A small tribute to the great Jim Clark. This is how I remember him - winning the 1968 AGP at Sandown.
His last GP win, and a farewell wave we were never to see again. R.I.P.
An Anniversary I don't enjoy.

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#412 kento11

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 15:58

Never to be forgotten!
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#413 DOHC

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 17:11

The master. :up: The champion. :up::up: The incomparable. :up::up::up:

RIP Jim. We remember.

#414 R.W. Mackenzie

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:01

Simply the best ever.

#415 xj13v12

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:54

A small tribute to the great Jim Clark. This is how I remember him - winning the 1968 AGP at Sandown.
His last GP win, and a farewell wave we were never to see again. R.I.P.
An Anniversary I don't enjoy.

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Nice shot. Yes we were lucky to see Clark at his best during the Tasman period. I saw him at Warwick Farm that season on that stinking hot day when he came second to Stewart. As a youngster I couldn't work out why everyone said he was the best even though Brabham had 3 world titles to his belt. Even our partisan fans were willing to concede that Clark was special.

#416 Nemo1965

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 21:23


I don't know if Jim Clark was the best, but I think I am quite sure he was the nicest person ever to be world champion. A genuine innocent soul, like we will never see again, not in motorsport anyways.





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Posted 06 April 2013 - 21:30

I don't know if Jim Clark was the best,


As far as I'm concerned, you may as well know it...  ;)

Unbelievable that another year has passed and it still feels as tho' it was yesterday... :cry:

#418 Doug Nye

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 21:41

We still don't have to believe it...

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#419 ellrosso

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 22:58

I can still remember the shock reading the tiny column in "The Mercury" reporting his death back then. At 12 years old I had lost my hero.

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#420 Nick Planas

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 23:50

I don't know if Jim Clark was the best, but I think I am quite sure he was the nicest person ever to be world champion. A genuine innocent soul, like we will never see again, not in motorsport anyways.


In my humble opinion he was.

When I was a teenager I used to wish I could go back to 6th April 1968 and somehow stop him racing the next day. I still feel that way.

Today's date still sends a chill down my spine, even 45 years on.

#421 Les

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:10

I've just had a weird thought. My birthdays 4 days after Jims yet I was born many years after the great man was killed. In 4 days time I will have outlived him. Its totally weird being the same age as when Jim Clark and Gilles were killed and a couple of years younger than when Senna did as they achieved so much more than me in their short lives.

Edited by Les, 07 April 2013 - 03:12.


#422 E1pix

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:33

I can still remember the shock reading the tiny column in "The Mercury" reporting his death back then. At 12 years old I had lost my hero.

This and other posts here are so touching as to make me genuinely sad.

Les, we think similarly. I was there the day your avatar was taken and Gilles was my Jim.

RIP, Mr. Clark. :cry:

#423 Cavalier53

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:40

Clark in 1965:
http://www.geheugenv...amp;wst=chapman

#424 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:42

Today in Teddington is a sunny, spring Sunday, just like it was 45 years ago in Cheshire. My mother came lurching out the back door with a look of horror on her face that suggested she wasn't calling me in for lunch...

Best wishes to the Clark family, and to all those TNFers lost in their thoughts.


#425 RogerFrench

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:48

45 years ago I was working on my special with a portable radio in the garage when I heard the news. It's still shocking.
RIP, Jimmy.

#426 Coral

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:00

45 years ago today. R.I.P. Jimmy...forever remembered. :cry:

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:19

I was 17 when Jimmy died. The other lads at school idolised footballers but for me it was all about motor racing and Jim Clark. My parents were not keen to encourage my interest but on 17th September 1966 my father relented and took me to the Oulton Park Gold Cup. There I saw my hero race for the first and only time. In the F.1 race he finished third in the 2 litre Lotus 33 Climax after a spin almost under my nose at Knickerbrook. Later he won the saloon car race in the Lotus Cortina. My father wouldn't take me to the 1967 British G.P. and I didn't manage to find any other way of getting there. By the following year Jimmy was gone. I still visit Oulton Park to this day and regularly go to the spot just short of Knickerbrook and enjoy a few moments quiet contemplation remembering what it was like when I saw Jimmy come down the Avenue and through Cascades for the first time and then come over the hill-top passing just a few feet in front of us. A wonderful sight. I didn't have a camera in those days but if any TNFers have any pictures of that meeting I would be very interested in buying copies. I already have the ones that were published in Motor, Autocar, and Motoring News.

#428 W154

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:34

I came home from Uni, walked into the kitchen to find my mum in tears," Jimmy's been killed" she said. My father's name was James but being Scottish everybody called him Jimmy. As I went to hug my mum, dad walked in with the afternoon paper, the Melbourne "Herald". He also had a tear in his eye, the only time I ever saw him cry. I read the paper in disbelief. Couldn't believe it then, 45 years later still can't.
I think "Motor Sport" got it right, "Mere words can never express one's true feelings"

#429 Tim Murray

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:47

I didn't have a camera in those days but if any TNFers have any pictures of that meeting I would be very interested in buying copies. I already have the ones that were published in Motor, Autocar, and Motoring News.

Here are some photos from the 1966 Gold Cup taken by Norman Hayes and posted in the Oulton Park thread by Steve 'Pressman' Jones:

http://forums.autosp...w...t&p=5612550


#430 sterling49

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:56

As I have said before, I watched Jim from a young age at Brands and he was everything that was good about sport, and he excelled at his chosen discipline. I was at Brands that sad day ( where Jim was supposed to have driven Mann's F3L ? ) and still wonder what if? So many questions, still in my thoughts as I drive past Brands so very often, the locality in which I still reside.
For me, still, nobody comes near, nobody.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:04

Another year passes...

Jim remains an inspiration to us all and with this year also being the 50th anniversary of his first World Championship, it would be wonderful if 'The Quiet Champion' film finally gets a DVD release.



#432 jj2728

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:07

Another year on
Another dram to hoist
He was the best
RIP Jim

#433 sterling49

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 13:19

If you go to the front page of Yahoo U.K. they have an article on Jim and the Pathe News film of the event, I am sure I saw Cedric Seltzer in the footage.

#434 Mike Summers

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:08

Racing my Lotus today at Sears Point Raceway. Usually makes me grin from ear to ear..........today, not so much. He was the best.

#435 Roger Clark

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:17

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of his first world championship. Fifty years ago this weekend he raced a Lotus 23 in what was little more than a club meeting at Oulton Park. It is fitting that this year's Goodwood Revival daily track parade will be a tribute to Jim Clark.

#436 Gary C

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:27

'I am sure I saw Cedric Seltzer in the footage.'
Nope, Cedric stopped working at Lotus in about 1965. The only Team Lotus mechanic at Hockenheim that day was Beaky Sims.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:36

Here are some photos from the 1966 Gold Cup taken by Norman Hayes and posted in the Oulton Park thread by Steve 'Pressman' Jones:

http://forums.autosp...w...t&p=5612550

Thanks Tim, much appreciated.

#438 MartLgn

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 15:48

This year will mark 50yrs since Jim Clark won his first World Drivers Championship in utterly dominant fashion. Although he was snatched away before I was born it was Doug Nye's Autocourse driver profile that made me realise how great he was. Everything I have subsequently read, interviews listened to and footage watched leaves me in no doubt that he was simply the best.



#439 Nemo1965

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 18:55

This year will mark 50yrs since Jim Clark won his first World Drivers Championship in utterly dominant fashion. Although he was snatched away before I was born it was Doug Nye's Autocourse driver profile that made me realise how great he was. Everything I have subsequently read, interviews listened to and footage watched leaves me in no doubt that he was simply the best.


To make things clear, because some posters seemed irked when I wrote 'I don't know if he was the best': I also think he was the best driver ever. At the sime time I am fully aware I am in no position to judge that. The only true witnesses to that are either people who saw him drive and could compare him with his contemporaries AND drivers that came there-after...

What I find much more more important about Jim Clark that I quite clearly can see that he was a better person that I will ever be - totally seperate from his achievements.




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#440 Longtimefan

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:11

Thinking of Jim today, RIP.

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#441 jimclark

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:24

To make things clear, because some posters seemed irked when I wrote 'I don't know if he was the best': I also think he was the best driver ever. At the sime time I am fully aware I am in no position to judge that. The only true witnesses to that are either people who saw him drive and could compare him with his contemporaries AND drivers that came there-after...

What I find much more more important about Jim Clark that I quite clearly can see that he was a better person that I will ever be - totally seperate from his achievements.


Worry not. Noone is "irked". This thread is not about you, it's about Jimmy.

#442 hipperson

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 19:25

Just watched 'The Quiet Champion' (again)...a great documentary by Mark Stewart

Our Lotus fundraising group has just paid for the Jim Clark Memorial Clock Tower in Chirnside to be renovated...the local scrotes had smashed the clock and thought it clever to add graffiti.

Forty of us are visiting next month. There is an exhibtion in Duns to celebrate the 1963 Championship.

Edited by hipperson, 07 April 2013 - 19:27.


#443 GD66

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:54

Does anyone know if 'The Quiet Champion' film is ever to be released on dvd?

It's been some three years since it was first broadcast on BBC4 - a release is long overdue!!



For those who haven't seen this sensitive and tasteful documentary, it can be found at

http://www.motorspor...quiet-champion/


#444 sterling49

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:18

I will raise a glass to Jim today, where has the time gone?

#445 Nick Planas

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:29

Likewise. Seems like yesterday and still makes me well up...



#446 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:40

:cry:

 

Remembered with fondness and admiration.



#447 jj2728

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:21

Another year has passed. It does seem like yesterday.
Cheers Jimmy.

#448 barrykm

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:36

7 April just sneaks up every year and whacks me! Fond thoughts about my childhood hero...



#449 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:20

The 'wallpaper' on both my personal and business laptops is that lovely Motor Sport image of him in the Monza pits, sharing an ice cream with a woman, and Jabby Crombac perched on the pit wall, having dirtied his knee clambering up there. 

 

When I switched on the laptop this morning, I gave it a long, reverential look, then turned the machine off again. 

 

Best wishes, of course, to his family, but also to all TNFers feeling a little low today.



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:32

Seeing a Lotus Cortina three-wheeling at Donington yesterday brought many happy memories flooding back.