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Jim Clark

Jim Clark, the Scottish driver who became an American idol

Final part: Legend died at Hockenheim 40 years ago today, but his legacy and popularity live on in the United States.

A hero remembered

FROM coast to coast, Jim Clark is remembered and loved. A collection of letters and other papers – gift of his best-known girlfriend, California resident Sally Swart, nee Stokes – resides at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York.

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A modest, home-loving, generous Borders man and a demon at the wheel of a tractor

JIM Clark, a farmer as well as a formidable racing driver, was motoring through Berwickshire one day when he saw a shepherd's wife waiting at a bus stop. He didn't hesitate to stop and offer the lady a lift to the railway station. Although she was grateful, the speed at which the trip was executed left her dazed. Jimmy only knew how to drive one way.

The horror of Hockenheim left a sport and a nation in mourning

On a wet day in Germany, in a faulty car, Jim Clark drove his last lap. The tragic impact was felt around the world

'Jimmy was my hero. He was a driver everyone aspired to'

"EVEN now, 40 years later, Jimmy's death hits me hard when I stop and think about it." The mobile telephone call to Bahrain falls silent; yet I can still hear Sir Jackie Stewart's breath. After nine or ten seconds, a period of silence which feels like an eternity, the 68-year-old regains his composure, takes a deep breath, and continues: "Jim Clark was a legend."

Life at Loretto ignited Clark's passion for racing

WHEN Ayrton Senna contemplated and then answered a 13-year-old boy's question in February 1991 during a visit to an East Lothian school, he did so with the courtesy that not every reigning world champion might have afforded his tender-aged interrogator.

Irish trio master Borders roads in Jim Clark Rally

A TRIO of Irishmen led by County Antrim's Derek McGarrity dominated the Kelso-based Jim Clark International Rally, the only event to be held on closed-off public roads on mainland Britain.

Higgins wins Jim Clark tie-break

British Rally champion Mark Higgins delivered three sensational final stages in the Kelso-based Jim Clark International Rally to bank maximum points for the second year running - but only by virtue of the championship's first-ever tie-break.

Competition set to heat up at Jim Clark Rally

WITH the weather set to be hot and dry over the weekend, the pace promises to be blistering in the climactic stages of the Jim Clark International Rally.

Champion going all out to win first Jim Clark International Rally title

A BUMPER 300 cars and their crews will blast their way through the narrow country lanes of the Borders this weekend as Kelso hosts the biggest single rally event held anywhere in the UK this year.

Jim Clark rally lures huge entry

MANY of the normally tranquil country lanes in and around Kelso and Duns will reverberate to the piercing wail of Britain's fastest rally cars this weekend when the Jim Clark International Rally gets underway.

50 years ago today, Jim Clark went for a day at the races...

WHEN Jim Clark left home in Chirnside to accompany his friend, Ian Scott- Watson in the latter's DKW Sonderklasse on the long haul to Crimond, the wartime airfield between Peterhead and Fraserburgh where the Aberdeen & District Motor Club ran races for both cars and motorcycles on the same day, he had no idea what was in store.

Higgins closes in on British title after Jim Clark win

MARK HIGGINS is on a roll after taking the Jim Clark International Rally title.

Higgins jubilant after 'gruelling' rally triumph

MARK Higgins surprised even himself by completing a hat-trick of victories in the Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship when he led the all-tarmac Jim Clark International Rally in Kelso from start-to-finish.

Higgins ready for tight finish

MARK HIGGINS grabbed the early initiative in the Jim Clark International Rally to set up an exciting climax this evening near Kelso, writes JIM McGILL.

Maximum effort yields tight lead for Higgins

THREE weeks after dominating the RSCA Scottish Rally in the forests of Dumfries & Galloway, Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship favourite Mark Higgins stated his intentions of winning again by grabbing the early initiative in the Jim Clark International Rally near Kelso.

Tarmac tearaways all revved up to tackle Jim Clark Rally

BRITAIN'S leading exponents of Tarmac rally driving will set the hedgerows ablaze when they tackle the this weekend's 35th running of the Jim Clark International Rally, writes JIM McGILL.

Nesbitt gears up for Jim Clark rally

THREE-TIMES champion Andrew Nesbitt will be the man to beat when the Jim Clark International Rally hosts the latest rounds of the Kwik-Fit Pirelli British and County Saab Scottish Championships this weekend.

Johnson plunders Munro's territory

MARAUDERS from across the Irish Sea and the other side of Hadrian’s Wall conquered the treacherously slippery Borders tarmac roads to win the dual rounds of the Kelso-based Jim Clark Memorial Rally.

Supreme Nesbitt dominates Clark Rally

AFTER taking a grip at the top of the leaderboard that would do justice to the very best road-holding tyre, Andrew Nesbitt last night became the first driver to win the Jim Clark Memorial Rally for a third successive year since Roger Clark three decades ago.

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