Jim Clark was a guest on Roy Plumley’s “Desert Island Discs” BBC radio programme on May 4, 1964. For reasons only known to the BBC it is not possible today to replay the interview but here is the list of eight that Jim chose to play. The item he selected for company on his desert island? A radio. The book he would take with him? Jim Clark at the Wheel (of course!). It had, after all, just hit the book stores….
1. By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill (Glasgow Orpheus Choir)
2. Whistlin’ Rufus (Chris Barber Jazz Band)
3. The Double Foursome (Jimmy Shand and his band)
4. Little Children (Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas)
5. Speech at the Oxford Union (Gerard Hoffnung)
6. Sheep May Safely Graze (JS Bach; arranged by Sir William Walton for the Wise Virgins ballet)
7. The Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre (Andy Stewart)
8. The Party’s Over (Peggy Lee)
I can imagine Jim doubling up with laughter whilst listening to Gerard Hoffnung (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOGfg1B3ZMw). And I’m sure that Sheep May Safely Graze gave him reassurance that all was well at Edington Mains. Equally, there is a certain poignancy about his choice of Peggy Lee’s The Party’s Over (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IZk7jP0LkM). It gives a very ’60s taste of the morning after the day before – and perhaps of a future that all racing drivers of the era inevitably had to address. Note also that he chose Chris Barber’s Jazz Band. Chris still performs today (most recently at the Silverstone Classic meet) and played live at Brands Hatch (at the British and European Grand Prix) a few weeks after Jim recorded the BBC interview with Plumley. Jim won that race, of course.