After farm tractors and rallies with the family Sunbeam Jim Clark went on to race his friend Ian Scott Watson’s DKW Sonderklasse. Ecurie Agricole was a breezy name for a Young Farmers’ motoring team and in June 1956 the pair drove to Crimond on the north-east tip of Aberdeenshire for a club race on an old airfield. Jim went ostensibly as Ian’s mechanic; he knew his parents would never approve of him going racing, and Ian entered for the sports car race and a handicap saloon car race.
The DKW was neither a sports car nor a very competitive saloon. It was a small two-stroke with a linage going back to the 1930s and although it revived the old Auto Union name and four-ringed symbol, it was based on a design dating back to the 1930s. It had a transverse two-stroke twin-cylinder engine, and a body intended for 1940.
When Dessin de Boivent Duffar drew up the cartoon series for Champion magazine in 1966. Jim Clark was already twice a world champion.
The new redesigned JIM CLARK: Tribute to a Champion, on sale from 28 April celebrates his life and achievements. A royalty on every copy is being donated to the Jim Clark Trust. Patrons Sir Jackie Stewart, David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti and Allan McNish contribute Forewords.