Jim Clark and Colin Chapman met in 1958, at the Brands Hatch circuit near Kent, England, dicing together in a pair of identical Lotus Elite coupes at the head of the pack.
There was an instant understanding between the two men, a sort of telepathy that would go and change the face of auto racing. Together they would form a (nearly) unbeatable duo: the fastest and smoothest driver of his generation, with an engineering genius.
Colin Chapman would say of Jimmy Clark, after his tragic death in 1968: “He will always be the best. I’m sure in time someone else will come along and everyone will hail him as the greatest ever. But not me. For me, there will never be another in Jimmy’s class.”
Picture above: Jim Clark and Colin Chapman at the 1964 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps where Clark took a surprise victory after Dan Gurney ran out of fuel while leading most of the race. This was also Clark’s third consecutive victory in Belgium.
Picture below: Jim Clark (Lotus) leading Graham Hill (BRM) at Spa-Francorchamps 1964.