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jim clark wf lotus 49 1968

Jim Clark enjoying the plaudits of the crowd after his Warwick Farm win, 18 February 1968…

Its a wonderful shot on his victory lap, the crowd wandering onto the track, absolute joy on Jims’ face after a stong win, a man at the top of his game, he still hadn’t peaked as a driver and only 31 years old…

He is at the wheel of his Lotus 49 Ford DFW, the DFW the 2.5 litre variant of Cosworths’ dominant DFV 3 litre GP engine. Clark won by 10 seconds from his teammate Graham Hill, he left our shores at the end of the Tasman Series 2 weeks later as the 1968 Champion and sadly never returned.

Clark was a regular and immensely popular visitor to Australasia, the gentlemanly Scot admired and respected by fellow competitors, the media, fans and the general public alike.

His final GP win was the 1968 season opening South African GP at Kyalami, he perished in a Lotus 48 F2 car, after a tyre failure at Hockenheim on April 7 1968.

Photo Credit…Wirra TNF