Jim Clark’s 1964 season – from Snett to Sebring
And so it begins…
Last year we looked at Jim’s classic 1963 season; now, in video form, and with additional photographs on these pages, we continue our race-by-race reports of Jim’s racing career and racing life as it happened 50 years ago. After a whirlwind winter of business activities, farming and award ceremonies, Jim’s season busts into life…amidst the rain and mud of a cold, wet Snetterton. It’s the Daily Mirror Trophy race for F1 cars (non-championship) and the entry includes a new monocoque BRM for Graham Hill, Jack Brabham (Brabham BT7), Bruce McLaren (Cooper 66), Innes Ireland (BRP), Phil Hill (in the venerable Centro Sud BRM BRM) and Jim’s new team-mate at Team Lotus, Peter Arundell.
Left: with his girl-friend, Sally Stokes; below: Jim and his mentor, Ian Scott-Watson, share a joke with Graham Hill
The contrasts in the days that followed couldn’t have been greater: Jim flew from Snetterton to Sebring, Florida, to race a Ford-backed Lotus Cortina in the 12 hour race and also in the shorter prelim the day before. In an exclusive interview, we talk here with Ray Parsons, the Australian who co-drove with Jim in the 12 Hours. Speaking to us from a boat off the coast of Queensland, Ray explains how he began his career at Team Lotus and talks about running the Ford Cortina Lotus programme in 1964. Ray was also a quick driver of Lotus 23s and lightweight Elans (both of which he helped to develop) and was well-known to Tasman fans as Jim’s mechanic in both 1965 and 1966.
Seen at Sebring