JIM CLARK: The best of the best
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Shortlisted for RAC Specialist Motoring Book of the Year 2018
By David Tremayne
Foreword by Dario Franchitti
Jim Clark was a genuine sporting hero. He won 25 of his 72 Grands Prix and in the sixties was the yardstick by which every other driver on the starting grid was judged, and by which they judged themselves. Quite simply, Clark was peerless. Stubborn and notoriously indecisive outside the car, he would nervously chew his fingernails, but he was a genius when he got behind the wheel. To many he remains the greatest racing driver of all time, not just because of his fearsome strike rate and the magnitude and manner of his achievements, but also because he remained humble and unspoiled throughout. Published on the 50th anniversary of Clark’s death, this book, 20 years in the making, is a deeply detailed look at a complex and compelling character.
- Starting in a friend’s cars in driving tests, sprints, hill climbs, autocrosses and rallies, Clark graduated to sports cars in his native Scotland while still pursuing his other passion, which was farming.
- Such was his subliminal driving talent that motorsport overcame farming (and parental opposition) and he went on to win in Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula Junior, the Tasman series, sports cars and touring cars, and to triumph in the legendary Indianapolis 500 in America.
- Clark’s Formula 1 début came in 1960, with Team Lotus, where his unique fraternal relationship with boss Colin Chapman became one of the cornerstones of success for them both.
- Driving for Lotus throughout his professional career, Clark was twice a World Champion, in 1963 and 1965, famously winning seven of 10 rounds on the way to his first crown.
- On his first visit to the Indianapolis 500, in 1963, he finished second, and two years later he became the first Formula 1 star to win it, with his Lotus the first rear-engine victor as well.
- Clark’s tragic death, in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in Germany on 7 April 1968, was likened by compatriot and close friend Jackie Stewart to motorsport’s equivalent of the atomic bomb.
- A special feature of this book is the personal insight from the author’s dozens of interviews with family, friends, drivers and mechanics.
- UK price: £80.00
- ISBN: 978-1-910505-16-8
- Format: 280x235mm
- Page extent: 520pp
- Illustration: over 400 photographs, many in colour
“The double world champion’s story — personal and sporting — is recounted in great detail and production standards, as ever with EVRO, are from the top drawer… Essential, in a word.”
Motor Sport (Book of the Month)
“There’s been no shortage of fine Jim Clark biographies but this is now the must-have title… one of the finest motor racing biographies out there.”
Classic & Sports Car (Book of the Month)
“Over 520 pages, Tremayne analyses Clark’s very competitive outing, his state of mind at the time, his relationships with those most important to him (Colin Chapman, girlfriend Sally Stokes, early mentor Ian Scott-Watson), and everything else he has uncovered in deep research and contemporary interviews… Tremayne tells the tale with love and reverence but a proper journalist’s objectivity.”
Octane (Book of the Month)
“An unexpectedly personal biography… a quality product that’s well presented and interspersed with a choice and diversity of archive images which perfectly complement the text… Tremayne offers an utterly captivating case for placing Clark as the very best to have graced motorsport.”
“An epic new book.”
“There’s no shortage of books written about Clark but it is to Tremayne’s great credit that nobody need ever write another one because this book is definitive… I recommend it without reservation."
“This impressive volume is now surely the definitive work… The breadth and quality of the images is staggering… quite simply, an excellent book.”
“This beautiful book is a fitting tribute, packed with original interviews that tell of Clark in a candid light, plus period photos throughout. It’s a great title that motor racing fans will adore.”
“An immersive, upbeat read.”
“A lot of books have been written about the Scottish farmer, regarded by many as the best driver of his era, but I doubt that any of them have been of this quality or thoroughness… when combined with an absolutely stunning selection of photographs, this adds up to one of the finest racing biographies it’s ever been my pleasure to read.”
Classic Driver (New Zealand)
Classic Car Weekly
Motoring Classics magazine
“Jim Clark would top my list of the best racing drivers in the history of the sport… I was looking for a good book to really sum up what a brilliant driver he was and this fantastic book by my friend David Tremayne does just that. DT is one of the best writers this sport has seen… The book is typically well researched with anecdotes and opinions all through. I particularly like the fact that Clark’s 1965 season is given two full chapters as it truly remains the greatest racing season of all time and the picture archive in there is brilliant too.”
Karun Chandhok, drivetribe.com