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#1 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Apr 22 2018 - 09:05 AM

A look at why Jim was so fast and above the other drivers.

https://www.formula1...m-so-good-.html

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Posted Apr 22 2018 - 01:18 PM

Pete, thanks for sharing!!!

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Posted Apr 23 2018 - 08:11 AM

Thanks Pete. It's an interesting article.

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Posted Apr 23 2018 - 08:22 AM

A GPL must read featuring a very very helpful description of Clark's technique.

Thanks Pete, for focusing our attention on an essential interest.
Appreciate it.
Good morning!



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#5 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Apr 23 2018 - 09:41 AM

I found it interesting how Jimmy drove the understeering Lotus. I thought you guys would too. It would be harder to do in GPL due to no seat of pants feel, but we can try.

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Posted Apr 23 2018 - 11:24 AM

Thank you Pete for finding this πŸ‘

Absolute brilliant read.

Liked the statement 'I have to get as mad as hell and take off' and take off he did.

Plus the bit were Black Jack used to wind Jim up with the flat tyre ribbing 😁

PS: While I was at the Jim Clark memorial, recently. I wondered, while driving away from Jim's farm, how he went about, travelling to distance far off places. I imagined him buzzing down his minor farm track, in his Lotus sports car, with suitcase and holdall, containing his race suit and helmet.

Found out of course he flew and set off, in his light aircraft from Winfield airbase, just a few miles, from his farm.

Not sure, but I think this airfield, is the same place as Charterhall race circuit ? where Jim and others, like Stirling Moss and Fangio raced at too.


https://canmore.org....nfield-airfield

http://www.abct.org....field-horndean/

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Edited by twinpotter, Apr 23 2018 - 11:55 AM.


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Posted Apr 24 2018 - 07:43 AM

View Posttwinpotter, on Apr 23 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

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Found out of course he flew and set off, in his light aircraft from Winfield airbase, just a few miles, from his farm.

Not sure, but I think this airfield, is the same place as Charterhall race circuit ? where Jim and others, like Stirling Moss and Fangio raced at too.


https://canmore.org....nfield-airfield

http://www.abct.org....field-horndean/

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No, Winfield and Charterhall are two different (fairly) disused airfields but both not that far from Duns. Charterhall is fairly close to Greenlaw here: https://www.google.c...m/data=!3m1!1e3 , whereas Winfield is further east, much nearer to Berwick here: https://www.google.c...m/data=!3m1!1e3 .

They held sprint meetings at Winfield whereas they had proper circuit racing meetings as well as sprints and latterly rally special stages at Charterhall.

While at the event in Duns earlier this month I bought Graham Gauld's book on 100 years of Scottish Motorsport ( https://www.amazon.c...ds=graham gauld ) which was on sale for a bargain price with all proceeds going to the Jim Clark Trust. Turns out to be a very interesting read with also a lot of history about the various circuits that have been used in Scotland over the years as well as information about Scottish drivers and racing teams too.

Even better though, my copy of Jim Clark - The Best of the Best ( https://www.amazon.c...est of the best ) arrived yesterday and from a quick flick through last night looks superb!

Rob

Edited by Border Reiver, Apr 24 2018 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted Apr 24 2018 - 12:32 PM

Hey thanks Rob, for the clarification, on the circuits. Much obliged πŸ‘

Also the links to the books. Both look fantastic and now on my shopping list πŸ‘

PS Rob: Do you know if you are still able to visit the old circuits. When I'm up there next, in the area, I wouldn't mind paying homage to the circuits and taking some photo's πŸ€”

Thanks again Rob πŸ‘πŸ˜

TP 😁

Edited by twinpotter, Apr 24 2018 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted Apr 24 2018 - 01:31 PM

View Posttwinpotter, on Apr 24 2018 - 12:32 PM, said:

Hey thanks Rob, for the clarification, on the circuits. Much obliged 👍

Also the links to the books. Both look fantastic and now on my shopping list 👍

PS Rob: Do you know if you are still able to visit the old circuits. When I'm up there next, in the area, I wouldn't mind paying homage to the circuits and taking some photo's ν Ύν΄”

Thanks again Rob 👍😁

TP 😁

We went to Charterhall on our recent Duns trip and took a photo of the monument to the airmen who flew from there, but didn't get onto the airfield itself as I think we were approaching it from the wrong direction and ended up next to some sort of grain silos. (It was getting a bit late by this point and was raining and my wife had had enough so we didn't move further around the perimeter on the country lanes to get a better view though). Previously I have approached the airfield from the opposite side and you get a much better view of the airfield from the lower end and see the track rising up ahead of you as the hill gently rises. That time we couldn't get onto the airfield as it was during a foot and mouth outbreak and we even had to rinse our shoes in disinfectant before entering the Jim Clark Room in Duns during that trip!

Certainly until recently they did run rally stages on Charterhall Airfield and on those days I am sure you'd get access, but I don't know if that event is still running or not. However, in Scotland we also have a law called "right to roam" which is designed to give people access to the countryside provided they are not doing any damage or disturbing crops or livestock. On that basis you probably would be able to get access onto both airfields providing you were on foot and weren't doing any damage or causing a nuisance. https://www.nature.s...r-access-rights

If touring sites of motorsport heritage and interest in Scotland, there is also the Rest-And-Be-Thankful over in the west which is also worth a look if you are passing that way and again has Clark connections. I was also actually quite tempted by this book ( https://www.amazon.c...lv_ov_lig_dp_it ) myself on a similar topic in fact. :)

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Posted Apr 24 2018 - 03:12 PM

Excellent πŸ‘

Thanks again Rob 😁

Certainly in my memory bank now and noted. Also on my agenda and bucket list to do, next time in JC country 😁

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Posted Apr 25 2018 - 02:19 AM

Partly a Lotus Evora road test, but still worth reading.

https://www.autocar....ering-jim-clark



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Posted Apr 25 2018 - 03:15 AM

nothing particularly new here but a nice piece nonetheless
http://www.itv.com/n...er-life-online/
http://www.itv.com/n...er-life-online/

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Posted Apr 25 2018 - 07:59 AM

Roo...............I haven't seen those videos before. Thank you for posting them.

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Posted Apr 25 2018 - 08:14 AM

:wave: :thumbup:

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Posted Apr 25 2018 - 01:58 PM

Thanks Roo, great links πŸ‘πŸ˜

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Edited by twinpotter, Apr 25 2018 - 01:58 PM.





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