Video of the Day: Remembering Jim Clark at his last race
It so happened that 1968 started as his lucky year: in South Africa the Scot Jim Clark took his 25th grand prix victory and was therefore down as the most successful driver in the 18 year history of Formula 1.
Just weeks later, Clark was killed in a low profile Formula 2 race in Germany at the daunting Hockenheimring. The cause of this fatal accident was put down to a puncture during a run through the forest section of the high speed circuit – but there were no eyewitnesses.
His death shook the entire sporting to its core, motorsport lost a true hero. Clark, son of a sheep farmer, was seen as virtuoso at the steering wheel and will always be regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
On that fateful day, a young camera man, Marten Taege, was documenting proceedings at an event from which very little footage and very few photos exist – tragically it would be Clark’s last race.
This clip provides a valuable glimpse into the final hours of a truly great Formula 1 driver.
In closing, imagine Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel (or any of the modern day drivers) tightening wheel nuts or pouring petrol into their race cars…
Jim Clark: 4 March 1936 – 7 April 1968