On today in 1936, Jim Clark, who’ll dominate Formula One (F1) racing in the mid-1960s and win two F1 world championships, exists in Scotland.
Clark was raised on a farm so when an adolescent started competing in nearby car races. Initially, Clark’s family was much less-than-enthusiastic about his involvement in racing and Clark himself was shy and disliked getting back in the spotlight when he won. However, in accordance with his biography at Formula1.com: “Goaded on by his friends, the reluctant racer began to take it more seriously, demonstrating an outstanding natural talent that amazed everyone, and certainly surprised the man himself.”
In 1960, the Scotsman began his F1 racing career, competing for the British-based Team Lotus. (The team, that was established in the first 1950s, was dominant on the F1 circuit in the 1960s and 1970s, collecting seven F1 constructors’ championships and six drivers’ titles before it had been disbanded in the mid-1990s.) Clark had some harrowing experiences in early stages. While competing in only his second Grand Prix, at Spa in Belgium, he missed hitting the physique of a fellow competitor narrowly, who was simply killed in a collision, on the track. Several laps later, Clark’s teammate and pal Alan Stacey lost handle of his vehicle after getting smacked in the facial skin by way of a bird and died. The following year, at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Clark was involved with a collision with German driver Wolfgang von Trips of the Ferrari team. The accident, that was not thought to be Clark’s fault, killed the German driver and much more when compared to a dozen onlookers.
Starting in 1962, items enhanced for Clark and for the next four seasons, he only ever lost a race because of mechanical troubles usually. An oil leak prevented Clark from collecting the championship title in 1962 however, in 1963 he won seven out of 10 Grand Prix races and took property the championship. Another oil leak caused him to lose out on the championship crown in 1964, however the following year he won six out of 10 races and claimed his second world championship. Also in 1965, he gained fame in America when he won that year’s Indianapolis 500 immediately after top the race for 190 out of 200 laps.
Clark collected his 25th Grand Prix victory in South Africa in 1968, passing the iconic Argentine driver Juan-Manuel Fangio’s (1911-1995) record of 24 Grand Prix wins. However, that year later, on April 7, 1968, Clark’s life was reduce quick at a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in West Germany, when his vehicle knowledgeable a tire failure and crashed. The 32-year-old Scotsman died with an archive of 25 wins in 72 begins and 33 pole positions.