Overall, Jim Was a Champion Fellow; MEMENTO OF SCOTTISH GRAND PRIX RACING LEGEND TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER
Byline: JOHN VINCENT
HE belonged to a different era, when Grand Prix motor racing was a small, close-knit world of friendly rivalry, light years from the hype and megabuck sponsorship deals of today.
But, nearly 30 years after his death in an inexplicable crash on the Hockenheim straight, Jim Clark stands out as one of the truly great drivers of all time - and one of the most kind-hearted.
Now a poignant reminder of the Scottish legend has surfaced at a London saleroom in the form of pair of overalls which he wore during the 1966 season.
The light blue two-piece overalls, embroidered with Dunlop and Esso pocket patches, were a gift from Clark to another driver, Laurence Brownlie, who was competing in an international sports car event in New Zealand in 1966.
Clark and fellow Scot Jackie Stewart are reputed to have laid a bet on whether Brownlie, who was driving a Daimler SP250,would 'lose it' on the track. He didn't, and afterwards Clark sought him out to congratulate him.
During their conversation Clark discovered that 'flameproof' overalls were scarce in New Zealand and promised to send a pair of his own to Brownlie. …