Britain's first five-time home grand prix hero

Britain's first five-time home grand prix hero

Jim Clark only set foot in the United Kingdom once in 1967, but he made sure it was worth his while by completing a feat that only now, 50 years on, has finally been matched by Lewis Hamilton

In one respect, anyway, the 1967 British Grand Prix was not dissimilar to the one just past, in that we had the winner we all expected. Fifty years ago the Silverstone crowd almost dared Jim Clark to lose, as would later be the case with Nigel Mansell, as today with Lewis Hamilton.

I think of 1967 as the last simple year in Formula 1, when the cars, uncluttered by wings and other aerodynamic devices, were things of simple beauty, and - devoid of commercial sponsorship - still raced in their country's national colours. If PR stood for anything, it was Puerto Rico.

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