Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion

Dove Publishing has released Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion by Eric Dymock in digital format. Widely acclaimed as the best account of the double world champion’s life, it was first published as a hardback in 1997 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first win for a Ford-Cosworth DFV.

Eric Dymock knew Jim Clark before he had ever stepped in a racing car, and his biography has been endorsed by the driver's family. It looks beyond Clark's motorsport career, and offers information about his farming background, his Scottish heritage, and the man behind the clean-cut boyish image. It celebrates his 1967 Dutch victory in a Ford Cosworth-powered Lotus which was the first time a new, untried engine won its maiden race, and his position as 1963 and 1965 Formula 1 World Champion and how in 1965 he became the first non-American to win the Indianapolis 500. The text is enhanced by colour photographs, Ford archive material, and pictures from the Clark family's own collection - and interviews with Clark's family and friends, his long-term girlfriend Sally Swart, Ian Scott Watson, Jackie Stewart and Rob Walker.

Available for Kindles from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Also available in ePub format from Waterstone's and for iPads and other iOS devices from the iTunes store.

Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion has been universally commended, with reviewers praising its insight and scope.

Classic Cars magazine awarded five stars, nominating it Book of the Month: "Eric Dymock has produced a book rich with anecdotal reminiscences from those who raced with Jim Clark. Dymock has clearly done his research and brings riveting details of the life, background, psychology and raw talent of the man alive."

Andrew Frankel wrote in Motor Sport: "Great though (Jim Clark) was I thought I'd reached the stage when I'd read as many words about him as my lifetime would stand. Not so. Dymock's book is compelling, not least because its story is told with clear affection that stops short of the fawning adulation with which so many seem obliged to equip themselves before penning a word about dead racing drivers. An engrossing read."

The Automobile said: "...compulsive reading and thoroughly recommended".

Classic and Sportscar nominated Jim Clark Best Book of the Year: "Eric Dymock's celebration of Jim Clark was a totally inspired publication. The combination of the handsome layout, Dymock's elegant prose and the personal insight into the life of this great Scottish racing legend was great value at £24.99."

Clark's close friend who launched him on his great career, Ian Scott Watson, wrote in Scottish Field: "Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion is the sort of book you will not lay down until you have read it cover to cover; it is the definitive book on Jim Clark; it is a must for the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in motor sport. It is a book which stands as a remarkable tribute not only to Jim but to its author."

Amazon reviewers have awarded the book five stars, calling it an "outstanding book about the greatest ever Formula One driver", "an incisive, all-encompassing biography" and "simply an excellent book".

Judges for the Guild of Motoring Writers Montagu Award agreed. They nominated the Jim Clark book runner-up in the 1997 distinction to the same author's work on Saab.