F1 British Grand Prix: Top 5 races of all time at Silverstone
#4 The 1967 British Grand Prix win: Jim Clark excels in final British GP
What happens when a legendary racing track and an iconic motor-racing hero get together?
The end results are fireworks.
Jim Clark dominated one of the best races ever held at the Silverstone, at least five decades back in time.
This was, interestingly, a time where the car was still much in the driver’s control and where technology hadn’t yet begun to engage in a decisive foreplay with Formula 1.
Silverstone is among the few races on the F1 calendar that have a timeless presence in motor-racing history. And nothing could possibly pay a better homage to this character than the dominant 1967 triumph by one of the stalwarts of motor-racing - Jim Clark.
Clark winning a Grand Prix propelled by the challenge to dominate 80 laps- imagine the number- showed his dominant Lotus take the top step of the podium.
But things wouldn’t go as smooth for Clark’s teammate, Graham Hill, enduring a rear suspension failure in the other Lotus, particularly when it had seemed the British Grand Prix would witness an enthralling Lotus 1-2 saga.
In keeping his cool despite an obdurate challenge posed by Brabham’s Denny Hulme, Jim Clark’s Lotus kept up the pace and consistency to run around in circles with arguably better balance and agility to display a master-class in defensive driving.
In pure racing terms, Clark’s 1967 epic was right up there with Senna’s brave defending from Mansell, witnessed in 1992 at the Principality of Monte Carlo.
There were several corners in the run to the checkered flag where Hulme would come right on the tail of the Jim Clark’s Lotus, only for the car to not yield the track position.
The legendary British driver winning in front of ecstatic fans nearly led every single lap in his 1967 Lotus to emerge victorious in a cliffhanger.