September 11, 2008

From Monza to Goodwood: a small world.

Some of our readers may remember an article I posted on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Jim Clark's last day at Hockenheim in 1967. You can find it here.

My question then was about the number 20 Lotus 43 you see in the picture, taken during the practice leading up to the 1966 Italian GP.

Records of the race show Jim Clark at Monza in 1966 indeed raced a Lotus 43 but with number 22. A Lotus number 20 is listed as driven by a privateer, "Geki" Russo and it was not a 43 but an older 33. I was confused but not for long, thanks to a special Axis reader....find out what happened

"I own the car! Jim drove the car in practice with # 20 , and raced it with # 22" read an email I received a few days after the post.

It turns out a gentleman from the UK has owned that very car for about four years and has been in the process of restoring it from the ground up. I include along with the contact from my archives, pictures of the car's chassis as it stands today.

The car will again see a racetrack again next year at the 2009 Goodwood Revival.

Many thanks to our reader and present custodian of this piece of Lotus and Clark legacy for clearing up this little mystery.

Small world indeed! Maybe an Axis field trip to the Revival will be in order in 2009!

If you study the contact sheets you will see all of the mid 1960s titans. Aside from Clark and "il Drake" Enzo Ferrari, you will see Colin Chapman, Jack Braham, Jackie Stewart, Lodovico Scarfiotti, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Ritchie Ginther, John Surtees, Lorenzo Bandini, Dan Gurney, Giancarlo Baghetti.

Anyone interested in obtaining prints please feel free to contact me

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