New book Jim Clark - racing hero

Jim Clark book by McLlein publishing
Jim Clark book by McLlein publishing

Though it is 50 years since he gained his two Formula 1 World Championship titles, the interest in Jim Clark has never waned.

The Berwickshire legend is still regarded as one of the best Grand Prix drivers ever. Even during his first motor race on old Scottish airfields like Charterhall and Winfield, Clark’s incredible skill behind the wheel was already evident and, from then on, his professional career only took an upward turn.

Just four years after his first motor race, Clark climbed onto the podium at Le Mans and made his Formula 1 debut driving a Lotus. In the decade that followed, Clark and his mentor, Colin Chapman, conquered the very pinnacles of single-seater racing with Clark winning the F1 World Championship twice and the Indy 500 once.

All in all, he claimed more than 100 victories at the wheel of a Lotus.

A superb new book has now been written by Jim Clark’s friend and biographer Graham Gauld.

Published by Reinhard Klein, the book also contains many rare and unfamilar photographs, sourced by Graham, of Clark racing in cars he drove perhaps only once.

The 400-page book does not just tell the story of Clark’s extraordinary racing career, it also portrays his personal life from A-Z.

For the local enthusiasts there are chapters in the book about Clark’s time with the Borders Reivers Team and on Charterhall, Duns, Chirnside, Edington Mains and of course Ian Scott Watson.

Authour Graham Gauld followed Jim Clark’s career right from its very beginning. He has filled the roles of friend, photographer and reporter, and thus spent innumerable hours with Clark.

For this book, Gauld has replayed his old audio tapes and selected his best photographs from these days.

In addition to that, this lavishly illustrated book contains many rare images from various well-known archives thus helping to complete an intimate portrait of a true sporting legend.

The book (priced 99 euros) is available from leading online bookstores like Amazon or www.bookdepository.com or directly from the publisher at Racingwebshop, Hauptstr. 172, 51143 Cologne, Germany, Tel +44(0)2081330605, www.racingwebshop.com.