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2014 F1 Calendar

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          -JIM CLARK ON THE COVER OF MOTORSPORT MEMORIES 2014 CALENDAR-

The Scottish legend to this day is considered by many as the greatest racing driver of all time. His achievements, on both sides of the pond, speak for themselves. His entire Formula One career was spent with one team only; Lotus. Together they won 25 grand prix races, two world championships and the Indy 500.

Clark raced a stock car at Darlington and a Lotus Cortina at Laguna Seca, and in the off-season raced in the Tasman series. His glorious career, and that of nine other British World Champions, is celebrated in Saison 73’s new offering for the 2014 season; Rule Britannia.

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Motorsports Mondial

“Rule Britannia”

2014

 

Introducing the 2014 Classic Formula One Calendar

In 1958, in the streets of Casablanca, Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss were the main players in the final race of the season to decide the new world champion. Moss won the race and Hawthorn took the title.

This was the beginning of the British Raj in Formula One motor racing.

Her Majesty’s motorsports island has produced more world champions than any other nation. Ten British drivers have taken the crown since the showdown in Casablanca. And they include some of the most legendary names in motor racing.

Graham Hill was the second British driver to become world champion in 1962, and again in 1968. He also won the Indy 500 in 1966 and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1972.

Jim Clark was world champion in 1963, each and every race that season was won by a British driver. He repeated the feat two years later and also took victory at the Brickyard.

John Surtees is the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels.

Then came Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamiton and Jenson Button.

“Rule Britannia” pays homage to grand prix greats from Great Britain. 

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BTCC

Jim Clark
Legendary racer Jim Clark to be celebrated at Knockhill

Clark’s success to be celebrated at Knockhill—

50th anniversary of legendary Scottish racer Jim Clark’s BTCC title honoured—

The remarkable British Touring Car Championship victory in 1964 by one of the greatest racing drivers to ever have competed, Jim Clark from Duns, is to be celebrated when the BTCC returns to Knockhill next year. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of Jim winning the title as he became the first of only three Scots in history to win the prestigious championship, the second being fellow Borders racer John Cleland and the most recent being Gordon Shedden in 2012.

Knockhill Event Director Stuart Gray said: “We are thrilled and honoured that the Jim Clark Trust has chosen the 2014 BTCC event at Knockhill to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clark’s BTCC title win. It’s a natural fit in many ways as Jim was born in Fife and we hope to have a huge crowd at our 2014 event as Knockhill is also celebrating it’s the 40th anniversary!

“We are delighted also that Homecoming Scotland has recognised these special landmarks and is backing the event with funding that will allow us to celebrate the four decades of motor sport at Knockhill, and the unique achievements of Jim Clark. A whole host of items are being planned to ensure it is a fitting event to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre and Clark’s 1964 title, coming as it did when he was the reigning Formula One Champion.”

The newly-formed Jim Clark Trust has the endorsement of motor racing heroes Sir Jackie Stewart and Dario Franchitti who have joined forces behind plans to establish a new museum dedicated to the achievements of Scotland’s world-famous Formula One legend. The Jim Clark Room, which is currently set up in the Berwickshire town of Duns close to where Clark spent most of his life, houses a selection of memorabilia from the late driver’s career, but it is small and becoming overcrowded.
 
Now the Jim Clark Trust is putting together a bid to build a new, expanded museum to house more of the cars Clark drove, trophies he won and other memorabilia from his racing career under one roof. Scottish Borders Council is also playing its part by providing over £500,000 capital funding for the new museum with the ‘Room’ having attracted more than 300,000 visitors from across the world since it opened 40 years ago.

Stuart Gray added: “With such a large dedicated motor sport fan base coming to the Knockhill BTCC meeting in August and having the Jim Clark Trust here with a display of Jim’s cars, memorabilia and trophies, it is the perfect platform to both promote the legacy of Jim and the Trust’s plans for their new ‘Room’. We are also delighted that Homecoming Scotland are helping financially to make the event one of the biggest and most significant motor sport events in 2014, the year of the Homecoming.”

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 said: “2014 promises to be a very exciting year for Scotland where we can celebrate all that’s great about our country and place the spotlight on our greatest assets. We are absolutely delighted to have the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill as part of the ever-extending Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. It also presents a fantastic opportunity for both visitors and locals to celebrate the unique achievements of Jim Clark.”

Motorsports Mondial

The Chenard collection

Making 3D out of 2D …

The Lotus 49 was another of a long line of brilliant Colin Chapman (and Maurice Phillipe) designs, being the first Formula 1 racecar to successfully use the motor as a stress-bearing structural member.

Jim Clark won 4 races in 1967 driving the Lotus 49, and the first race of the 1968 season before being tragically killed in an F2 race in Hockenheim.

I decided to illustrate a “faux” 1967 Silverstone poster, done in the old mid ’60s British style.

In the sketch, Clark leads 2nd place finisher Denny Hulme in his Brabham BT24, followed by 3rd place Chris Amon in his Ferrari 312 F1.

As an experiment, I wanted to render a normally 2D sketch into 3D. To create the 3D illusion, I had to illustrate the cars in parts, and then assemble the parts onto the illustrated background.

For example, the Clark Lotus 49 is built from 9 separate illustrations, cut out, and assembled in layers to create a “trompe l’oeil”. The 3 cars are done like that, and positioned into their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd race finishing order. The “Silverstone” text is also cut out paper…

— Paul Chenard

Our friend Paul is based in Nova Scotia, north of the border (nice weather, eh).

A passionate fan of motor racing, we invite you to visit his work at:

www.automobiliart.com
http://automobiliart.blogspot.com/
www.piczo.com/racecartoys

F1weekly podcast # 399

Saturday, Sunday Special Podcast # 399

F1weekly visits Classic Team Lotus in Norfolk, England.

First of all I would like to thank Ms Sapphire Nichols of Classic Team Lotus and our long time listener and friend Peter Brazier for making this possible.

In the first part we will have my conversation with Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and in the second part we have a chat with Bob Dance, gentleman who prepared cars for Jim Clark and other great legends that drove for this fanstastic team.

In the history of motor racing, there are some names that will live forever—Alfa Romeo, Auto Union, Bugatti, Maserati, And of course Lotus. The black and gold JPS Lotus is a classic for all times.

Colin Chapman was one of the great original thinkers of Grand Prix motor racing.

Moss, Clark, Hill, Rindt, Fittipaldi, Peterson, Andretti and Senna all won in Lotus F1 machinery.

His son Clive is now preserving the rich heritage of this great marque. I would like to thank him very much for his time and sharing wonderful memories, how many school kids can claim they were picked up from school by a Formula 1 world champion.

They have a very nice website www.classicteamlotus.co.uk and please take a look.

Nasir Hameed.

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