Jim Clark Hard at Work.

I have this image in my head of Jim Clark easily and effortlessly winning race after race. Nearly every photo I’ve seen of the man after a race is of his smiling face as he celebrates with his crew or the other drivers—not of him slumped and tired and broken down after the strain of a race.

The look of concentration in his face in this photo confirms that it wasn’t just a leisurely drive the led to his victories. It reminds me that just because someone is good at something, it doesn’t mean it’s easy for them.

As an aside: While we can all agree that full-face helmets are safer, what a shame that we’ll never see a photo like this of Vettel or Alonso or Hamilton. Not visibly seeing their struggle just plays into this fantasy of the robotic, efficient driving machine that never breaks a sweat. That’s just Räikkönen.

Photo by Patrick Lichfield. Prints of this shot are available at Chris Beetle’s Fine Photographs. Found via Le Container.

DISCUSS (4 Comments)

  1. Pilote Ancien

    Clark won the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps 4 times–in a row!–and was reputed to hate the course. Schumacher has won Spa more times, but I’ll bet not as a percentage of his entries. Hard to know who/what was more impressive: Clark or the Lotus 25/33/49’s. Together, they were awesome.

  2. Automobiliac

    Simply a sublime photo.

  3. Jose Lopez

    Jose Lopez liked this on Facebook.

  4. john7

    Fantastic photo agreed. Must disagree on one thing tho – why would anyone WANT to see hamilton’s face…? or probably any of the other sponsor drones sitting in the F1 ‘cars’ of today? [they’d just cover their faces with stickers anyway…]

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