Remembering the greatest American in racing history

Remembering the greatest American in racing history

Half a century on from Jim Clark's death, our columnist mourns the loss of the "only one Jim ever worried about" - Dan Gurney

One way and another, Jim Clark has been much in my mind of late, not least, I suppose, because this year we come to the 50th anniversary of his death. In April 1968 Clark's fellow drivers made the sorrowful journey to Chirnside for his funeral, and it was later that day that his father talked to Dan Gurney.

"You know, Dan," he said, "you were the only one Jim ever worried about." Perhaps those few words put Gurney's status as a racing driver more clearly into perspective than anything else ever said or written about him, and Dan, who had revered Jimmy, almost broke down.

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