Profile Jim Clark was born on 4 March 1936 in Kilmany, Scotland as the only son in a farming family, surrounded by four sisters. He started racing in rallies and other local events. In one of these races he drove a Lotus Elite against none other than Lotus founder Colin Chapman. Chapman was very impressed with the young Scot and eventually introduced him to Formula 1.
Clark made his Formula 1 debut in 1960 in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. The following season he was involved in an incident at Monza that claimed the life of Wolfgang von Trips. Clark claimed his first Formula One world title in 1963 with the maximum number of championship points, beating second placed Graham Hill by 25 points.
In 1965 he added a second Formula One title to his list of honours, again dominating the entire season by taking maximum points. This achievement was even more impressive knowing that Clark missed the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indy 500, becoming the first British driver to win at the “Brickyard.”
Clark won the opening race of the 1968 season in South Africa, but died during a minor F2 race at Hockenheim, Germany, on 7 April 1968, when his Lotus left the track and crashed into trees. A small plaque marks the spot of his tragic death.
Jim Clark was an instinctive racer, competing in all classes and disciplines. He was all but unbeatable in wet conditions. In the 1965 season he led every lap of every race he finished, a record still unmatched in F1 history. Clark’s total of 25 career Grand Prix wins broke the record set by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. Clark’s record has since been surpassed by only five drivers; Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, all of whom benefited from a much longer GP season.