Friday, 8 April 2011

Dove Digital: Jim Clark

Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion has been released as an ebook. Acclaimed as the best account of Clark’s life, it was published as a hardback in 1997 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first win for a Ford-Cosworth DFV.

Classic Cars magazine awarded five stars and nominated it Book of the Month: “Eric Dymock has produced a book rich with anecdotal reminiscences from those who raced with Jim Clark. Dymock has clearly done his research and brings riveting details of the life, background, psychology and raw talent of the man alive.” Andrew Frankel wrote in Motor Sport: “Great though (Jim Clark) was I thought I’d reached the stage when I’d read as many words about him as my lifetime would stand. Not so. Dymock’s book is compelling, not least because its story is told with clear affection that stops short of the fawning adulation with which so many seem obliged to equip themselves before penning a word about dead racing drivers. An engrossing read.”

Chirnside school; Jim Clark was a primary pupil

The Automobile said: “...compulsive reading and thoroughly recommended”. Classic and Sportscar nominated Jim Clark Best Book of the Year: “Eric Dymock’s celebration of Jim Clark was a totally inspired publication. The combination of the handsome layout, Dymock’s elegant prose and the personal insight into the life of this great Scottish racing legend was great value at £24.99.

Clark’s close friend who launched him on his great career, Ian Scott Watson, wrote in Scottish Field: “Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion is the sort of book you will not lay down until you have read it cover to cover; it is the definitive book on Jim Clark; it is a must for the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in motor sport. It is a book which stands as a remarkable tribute not only to Jim but to its author.”

Scottish Rally, 1955: Bill Henderson's painting depicts Jim Clark in Billy Potts's Austin Healey and Eric Dymock in Frank Dundas's Morgan Plus Four.

Judges for the Guild of Motoring Writers Montagu Award agreed with Scott Watson, nominating the Jim Clark book runner-up in the 1997 distinction to Dymock’s work on Saab.

The Jim Clark ebook is on sale through Amazon for Kindles and in Adobe eBook format for iPads and other tablets through Waterstones and Apple iTunes store.

Jim Clark (1936-1968) won 25 of his 73 grand prix races, a scoring rate of 34.25 per cent surpassed in the 60 years of world championship racing only by Juan Manuel Fangio. Clark’s 45 per centage of pole positions was also second only to Fangio, who paid the Scottish driver tribute as one of the greatest drivers of all time. World champion in 1963 and 1965, Clark came close twice more and was the first non-American to win the Indianapolis 500 for 49 years. His Indy victory of 1965 broke 19 out of 20 speed and distance records for the race, a first win for Ford, first for a British driver and car and first to assign traditional American Indy roadsters to history.

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