“The Flying Scotsman”: 53 years after the death of Jim Clark, one of the greatest idols of Formula 1

This Wednesday marks a new anniversary of the death of one of the historical idols of the Formula 1. A day like today, but 1968, Jim clark he lost his life in a tremendous accident at the Hockenheim circuit, leaving behind a life full of victories and important titles. The figure of the «Scottish flownr »is remembered to this day by many fans.

Jim Clark comes from a well-known farming family in Scotland. His parents disagreed with him running in cars, but he ignored it. He competed in various Rally categories and joined a competition team at a young age. He made his Formula 1 debut in 1960 at the Netherlands Grand Prix. In that race he retired while marching in fifth place.

For much of his career, Clark competed with Lotus, Until the day of her death. His first title was in the 1963 season, where the Scotsman won seven of the ten Grand Prix of the season. In addition, the team won the team championship. This he also achieved was repeated in 1965. On the other hand, he had great victories that were recorded in history.

The same year that Clark won his second title, he also took victory in the Indianapolis 500. In his sporting career in Formula 1, Clark won 25 races and achieved 33 pole positions. He also ran in the United States in IndyCar and NASCAR, at a time when the driver mattered much more than the cars.


As a paradox of his career, Clark died in a career of Formula 2, when pilots were allowed to run in both categories. At the Hockenheim circuit, Germany, Clark crashed into trees after problems with one of the car’s rear wheels. In the season that Clark passed away, his teammate, Graham hill he was the champion.

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