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Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion [Hardcover]

Eric Dymock
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19 May 1997
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Jim Clark's epic victory in the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix, this biography by a fellow Scot who knew Clark before he had ever stepped in a racing car, has been endorsed by his family. It looks beyond his motorsport career, and offers information about his farming background, his Scottish heritage, and the man behind the clean-cut boyish image. It celebrates Clark's 1967 Dutch victory in a Ford Cosworth-powered Lotus which was the first time a new, untried engine won its maiden race, and his position as 1963 and 1965 Formula 1 World Champion and how in 1965 became the first non-American to win the Indianapolis 500. The text is enhanced by colour photographs, Ford archive material, and pictures from the Clark family's own collection - and interviews with Clark's family and friends, his long-term girlfriend Sally Swart, Ian Scott Watson, Jackie Stewart and Rob Walker.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: G T Foulis & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854299823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854299829
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 20.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ERIC DYMOCK Trained as an engineer in Glasgow, worked in the motor trade, wrote about cars for local newspapers, and joined the road test staff of The Motor in l962. He went freelance in 1965, and for thirteen years travelled the world covering Grand Prix racing for The Guardian, later for The Observer. He was motoring correspondent of Town (Haymarket), 1966-68, News of the World 1973-75, and The Observer, 1980-82.

From 1982 to 1995, he was motoring correspondent of The Sunday Times, with a weekly column that won the Jet Media Excellence Award outright in 1988. He was also a winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for, "the year's greatest contribution to recording, in the English language, to the history of motoring in a published book."

In 2004 the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers honouring Scots who have achieved excellence in the field of motoring presented him with the Jim Clark Memorial Award. He was nominated for the Ford-supported award for his acclaimed biography of his friend and Scottish motor racing legend, Jim Clark, as well as his motoring column in Scotland on Sunday. The president of the ASMW said: "No other Scottish author has so accurately depicted the tragically short life of Jim Clark. Eric's writing is of a consistently high standard as the large number of best-selling automotive books which carry his name confirms."

A regular contributor to The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman in the 1960s, between 1974 and 1985 Eric Dymock wrote and researched motoring programmes for BBC2, Thames Television, and the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Going Places, wrote for The Times, Financial Times, and Daily Telegraph motoring sections, and was motoring editor of Sunday Magazine 1982-1985. In 1983-1986 he was motoring editor of Road and Car, the RAC quarterly published by News International with a print run of over 7 million. He worked as classic car consultant for Christie's the auctioneers, and for many years was British correspondent of the authoritative Auto Visie in Holland and was motoring editor of The Business magazine in 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb tribute to the great man 3 Feb 1999
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Simply an excellent book about arguably the greatest racing driver who ever lived. Great photos and illustrations. Really captures the period.A must-buy for anyone remotely interested in F1 racing in the 60's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Mar 2008
By Wooster
Wonderful. Emotional book that captures the essence of the man and the world he lived in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about the greatest driver ever 28 April 2000
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It is very difficult in Germany to find books about Jim Clark and Formula one in the sixties. But I have now after many years a good collection, and this is probably the best book about Jimmy. As Fangio himself said:"Clark was the best ever." There is nothing to add. When he died I was only 7 years old, but since this cold and rainey day in Hockenheim in early 1968, my grief is still there. Until today nobody matched the ultimative skill of Jim Clark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JIM CLARK:A TRIBUTE TO A CHAMPION 29 Jun 2004
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Informative, fancinating and beautiful!!! If you can find, buy it. Well worth the money. His death still tugs my at my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this superb tribute. 4 Mar 1999
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A beautifully produced, thoroughly researched and deeply insightful portrait of a true great.
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