Jim Clark, by Eric Dymock. Now Available Online

A book that took it’s author some 30 years to write, such was the emotion attached to the death of Jim Clark. There have been many books written about that fateful day at Hockenheim and many tributes to Clark, but this ranks as the best of them and is a must read for motorsport enthusiasts, not just fans of Jim Clark.

Eric Dymock treasures tributes from those who knew Clark. Ronnie Dalglish, the Scottish rally driver who features in the famous Graham Gauld photograph of 1955, told him it was absolutely true to life. The late Walter Hayes wrote in a review that it, “goes as far as any biography ever will in explaining Clark’s genius.” Hayes also wrote that Jim Clark’s sisters told him they thought the content “good and true” and, “having been lucky enough to have a hand in his career – I think the same.” Hayes also wrote privately to the author: “I finished it very late last night (couldn’t put it down until the last page arrived) and decided that nobody will ever better define Jimmy or, for that matter, any great racing driver.” Dan Gurney wrote to the author. “Your beautiful Jim Clark book has arrived. I am terribly moved not only by the way in which you included me, but by all the memories the writing and the photographs managed to evoke.” Ian Scott Watson, who set Clark on his career to stardom, wrote in Scottish Field “… the sort of book you will not lay down until you have read it cover to cover; it is the definitive book on Jim Clark; it is a must for the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in motor sport. It is a book which stands out as a remarkable tribute not only to Jim but to its author.

I’ll leave you with probably the most emotional sentence in the book, one that made the hairs on my neck stand on end: A course marshal came to the Lotus pit in a Porsche and its driver said to Sims: “Come with me.”

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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