Fact File: Jim Clark

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z Born into a farming factory at Kilmany House Farm, Fife, in March 1936, Clark was the youngest child of five and the only boy.

z In 1942 the family moved to Edington Mains Farm, near Duns and his education continued at Chirnside; Clifton Hall, Edinburgh and Loretto School in Musselburgh.

z Although his parents were opposed to the idea, Clark began his racing in local road rally and hill climb events, driving his own Sunbeam-Talbot, and proved a fearsome competitor right from the start.

z By 1958 Clark was driving for the Border Reivers team, racing Jaguar D-types and Porsches in national events, winning 18 races in that one season.

z Then, on boxing day 1958, Clark raced against the man who would launch him into superstardom. Driving a Lotus Elite, he finished second to Colin Chapman in a 10-lap GT race at Brands Hatch and he was sufficiently impressed to give the lad from Duns a ride in one of his Formula Junior Cars.

z Clark made his F1 Grand Prix debut part way through the season at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on June 6 1960. He retired on lap 49 with final drive failure.

z Three years later Clark collected his first of two Driver’s World Championships. Driving the Lotus 25, he won seven out of the 10 races. He won it again in 1965, adding the Indianapolis 500 title, in the Lotus 38, in the process.

z Throughout his career Clark achieved 33 pole positions and won 25 races from his 72 Grand Prix starts in championship races.

z On April 7 1968 Clark died in a racing accident at the Hockenheimring in Germany. He is buried in Chirnside.

z Clark was an inaugural inductee into the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame in 2002.