Jim Clark lost his life on 7th April 1968 in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim when his car left the road and struck a tree alongside the track. Jim was Lotus’ greatest driver; he won 25 Grand Prix between 1962 and 1968, was World Champion in 1963 and 1965 and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965 as well as numerous sports and saloon car races. Many still regard Jimmy as the best racing driver the sport has seen.
There has been a rudimentary memorial at the present day Hockenheim circuit established when the original stone cross (placed at the site of his accident in 1969) was recovered from the woodland by the old track. This memorial did not do justice to the memory of Jim Clark and a project to replace it was initiated last year. A new memorial of green slate panels with gold engraving and incorporating the original cross was designed with input from a number of people. With the active support of Clive Chapman of Classic Team Lotus, Alan Morgan of Club Lotus, Mike Kimberley of Group Lotus, Ian Scott Watson and members of Jim’s family a Memorial Fund to finance the new memorial has been established.
The total cost has amounted to just over £10,000 and this has to be met entirely by donations from Jim Clark enthusiasts. We have already received many donations both large and small from all over the world but we still need to raise a considerable sum.
In addition to making a very generous donation, Clive Chapman also agreed to underwrite the initial costs to allow the memorial to be built on time. The new Memorial is now in place at Hockenheim and was dedicated at 12.00 noon on Saturday 26th April during the Jim Clark Revival race meeting.
We know that there remains great respect and goodwill for the memory of Jim Clark and this appeal for funds will allow everyone to express their appreciation in a tangible way.
If you would like to make a donation, however small, please make a cheque payable to ‘Jim Clark Memorial Fund’ and send it to -
32 Amderley Drive,