Silverstone Classic Dinner honours double champion

Jim Clark
Jim Clark

The remarkable racing achievements of double world champion Jim Clark are to be celebrated this weekend at the Silverstone Classic, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

The weekend’s two historic Formula One races for grand prix cars dating back to the early sixties era are being dedicated to Clark as well as a very special commemorative dinner.

Set in the dramatic Silverstone Wing building, the inaugural BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner will be held on Friday 26 July almost exactly 50 years after Clark won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 20, 1963, en route to his first World Championship crown. Open to members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Silverstone Classic competitors, the evening will include special tributes to the Scotsman – a racing legend who is still widely hailed to be Britain’s greatest ever Grand Prix driver.

Clark won the Formula One World Championship title in 1963 and 1965, and was the first British driver to win the Indianapolis 500, again in 1965. At the time of his death, when racing a Formula Two car at Hockenheim in Germany in 1968, he had won more Grands Prix (25 from just 72 starts) and pole positions (33) than any other driver.

Many of those who knew Clark from the Sixties will be sharing their memories during the BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner. Among the invited guest speakers are several of his old team-mates including Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore as well as period mechanics Bob Dance, Dick Scammell and Cedric Selzer from his title winning days at Lotus and renowned designer Len Terry. They will be joined by BRDC member Robs Lamplough and HSCC director Grahame White who were both present on that fateful day at Hockenheim. Cars raced by Clark will be present, too, both inside the Wing and in echelon outside the building to welcome guests.

Adding further to the special golden anniversary celebration, the Jim Clark Trust will be displaying around 20 of the glittering trophies currently on show at the Jim Clark Room – the museum located in Clark’s home town of Duns.

Tickets for the exclusive Dinner in the Silverstone Wing are priced at £99 (including VAT) and available from the official website: SilverstoneClassic.com/BRDCdinner.