Friday, 11 November 2016
Jim Clark - Formula 1
Fritz Köthe's painting of Formula 1 driver Jim Clark is a special favourite of mine.
Whenever I gaze at it in Vienna's Mumok, and that is often, I slip into reverie. I dream that I'm back in Britain and it's 1964.
I think no-one could have anticipated the great changes that have taken place in motor racing since 1964.
It was an innocent time, that time before John Player Special and Marlboro pumped their millions into Formula 1.
In 1964 I was a teenage boy. And Jim Clark was my hero. He was FI World Champion in 1963 and 1965.
This was a time when racing cars were identifiable simply by their colours.
I remember how proud I was when I first heard the words: British Racing Green.
Jim Clark was killed in a motor racing accident in 1968.
He was 32.