Lot 143 - Jim Clark Worn Racing Gloves
A pair of racing gloves worn by Formula One driver Jim Clark during practice for his last ever F1 race
A pair of black leather racing gloves worn by legendary Formula One driver James “Jim” Clark (1936-1968) during practice for the 1968 South African Grand Prix, his last ever F1 race.
Jim Clark died in a Formula Two race at the Hockenheimring, Germany on April 7, 1968. At the time of his death Clark, who drove for Lotus, had won 25 Formula One Races and achieved 33 pole positions, more than any other driver.
These gloves have impeccable provenance, originating from the collection of Gordon Huckle, the mechanic on Jim Clark’s car from late 1966 to January 1968 and the Chief Mechanic of the Lotus G.T. Team from February 1968 to the end of 1969.
The accompanying letter of provenance states: “South African Grand Prix Kyalami. January 1968. During the practice for this race Jimmy changed his driving gloves and gave me his old gloves. He was driving a Lotus 49/R4 and went on to win this Grand Prix and set a new lap record of 1min 23.7. Sadly this was to be his last F1 drive and victory as he died at Hockenheim on the 7th April 1968 in an accident during the formula two race.”
The gloves are accompanied by a 1968 South African Grand Prix programme, pit passes, mechanics armband and a list of race entrants.
In good condition.
Ex Collection of Gordon Huckle
End Date: 2012-05-24 20:01:17