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The Death of Jim Clark, Part 2

May 20, 2008

There is finality about death that means for the most part you only need to write about it once – essentially a life has ended and with that, details unfold and slot together to present a story about person’s unique visions, feelings and experiences. The finality…… apart from a few exceptions and skeletons, there is rarely ever a second part.
Last month I wrote about the 40th anniversary of the accident that took Jim Clark’s life – The Death of Jim Clark. Seen by many as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at the old Hockenheimring in April 1968 when his Lotus 48 suffered a suspected tyre failure and collided with a tree.
Last night I received an e-mail from an artist called Paul Chenard who responded to original post about the great Scottish driver. To mark the anniversary, Paul painted the beautiful piece to right and you can find this and other wonderful examples at his BlogSite – AutoMobiliArt.BlogSpot.com. The artwork shows Clark on his way to victory at the Solitude Formula 2 race in Germany on July 19th 1964 and also depicts John Surtees, Graham Hill and the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham fighting it out for the win.

On the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir last month, SpeedTV presented this tribute to the late Scotsman on their broadcast – shamefully one of very few broadcasters to do so. It contains insights from the man himself, Jackie Stewart, Patrick Head and Dario Franchitti amongst others.

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