Once every lifetime there emerges a true talent. The kind of talent that cannot be bought or taught. The kind of talent that could have easily been overlooked and never realised had it never been discovered and brought to the world stage.
Not before and not since has motorsport seen a talent like Jim Clark and this film charts his beginnings on a family run farm in the Scottish borders to his emergence and one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, not only winning the Formula 1 world championship twice in 1963 and 1965 but also the 1965 Indy 500, a feat never repeated by any driver since.
This BBC documentary ‘Jim Clark The Quiet Champion’ is something of a must watch, not just for those that were there and can remember this humble and shy gentleman racer, but also for those of us that never got to see what it was like to win a motorsport race on talent alone and not the technology under the hood.
Killed aged just 32 in April 1968 whilst driving his Lotus in a Formula 2 race at the Hockenheimring, Germany (it was common place for F1 drivers to enter F2 and other formula races back in the those days), Clark had already amassed 33 pole positions and won 25 of the 72 races that he started. Now those are some impressive stats.
Sit back and watch this inspiring and at times emotional documentary and marvel at the talent and speed of Jim Clark The Quiet Champion.