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Jim Clark: Forever up there as an all-time F1 great

Jim Clark, born in Scotland on this day in 1936, will always remain one of the undisputed all-time legends of motorsport.

He was a two-time Formula 1 world champion in 1963 and 1965. Up until his untimely passing, Clark had won more Grand Prix races (25) and secured more pole positions (33) than anyone before him.

Clark was also the first Formula 1 driver to be victorious in the Indianapolis 500, in 1965.

His flawless, smooth style made every single of his outings in a racing car look effortless and uncomplicated while it was anything but.

Sadly Clark was killed in a racing accident at Hockenheim on April 7 1968, just a month after he had turned 32 and after winning the opening round of the F1 season at Kyalami.

Despite his outstanding skills and talent, the great Scot was a shy, unassuming man who let his racing do the talking.

His gravestone in Chirnside lists him as 'Farmer' ahead of 'World Champion Motor Racing Driver'.

Phillip van Osten

Motor racing was a backdrop from the outset in Phillip van Osten's life. Born in Southern California, Phillip grew up with the sights and sounds of fast cars thanks to his father, Dick van Osten, an editor and writer for Auto Speed and Sport and Motor Trend. Phillip's passion for racing grew even more when his family moved to Europe and he became acquainted with the extraordinary world of Grand Prix racing. He was an early contributor to the monthly French F1i Magazine, often providing a historic or business perspective on Formula 1's affairs. In 2012, he co-authored along with fellow journalist Pierre Van Vliet the English-language adaptation of a limited edition book devoted to the great Belgian driver Jacky Ickx. He also authored "The American Legacy in Formula 1", a book which recounts the trials and tribulations of American drivers in Grand Prix racing. Phillip is also a commentator for Belgian broadcaster Be.TV for the US Indycar series.

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