Silverstone set to honour Jim Clark at Classic

Jim Clark collecting trophy BGP 1963
Jim Clark collecting trophy BGP 1963

The remarkable racing achievements of Jim Clark will be honoured during a special evening event being organised during the Silverstone Classic (July 26-28).

Staged in the dramatic new Silverstone Wing building, the inaugural BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner will take place on Friday, July 26, 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 commemorative dinner will include special tributes to the Scotsman – a racing legend who is still widely hailed to be Britain’s greatest ever Grand Prix driver.

The Berwickshire farmer 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 this dedicated evening and several of Jim’s trophies, cars and other memorabilia will be on display in the Wing.

As well as being inexorably linked with Colin Chapman and Lotus, Clark is also remembered as a Silverstone specialist.

He won three consecutive British Grands Prix at the superfast Northamptonshire circuit in 1963, 1965 and 1967 (the race was staged at Brands Hatch in the intervening years) and 50 years ago did the F1 double at Silverstone winning both the non-championship BRDC International Trophy in May and then the British Grand Prix two months later.