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Biography of Jim Clark F1 Driver
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23 March 2009

Biography of Jim Clark F1 Driver

Jim Clark was born on March 4, 1936 in Scotland. He was a former successful Formula One racing driver. He was a dominating force in his respective era, winning two Championships in an eight year span. When he died in April of 1968, his 25 Grand Prix wins and 33 Pole Positions were more than any other driver. He also won the coveted Indianapolis 500 in 1965. 25 wins in his 73 races is a staggering percentage, not to mention 32 podium finishes and 28 fastest laps recorded.

Jim Clark grew up on a farm in Scotland with four sisters. As the only son in the family, his initial dive into the racing world was met with criticism from the family. Nevertheless, he continued to pursue his dream, racing in local rallies and other events. He later joined a racing team led by Jock McBain called the Border Reivers. In one of these races, Clark matched the famed Colin Chapman while driving a Lotus Elite. Chapman was highly impressed by the young Clark's performance, and started to watch his future races.

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A short biography on Nigel Mansell
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21 July 2008

A short biography on Nigel Mansell

Nigel Ernest James Mansell was born August 8, 1953 in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire. He spent most of his childhood and early adult years in Hall Green, Birmingham. When he was just 15 years old, he began to get a feel for racing in karting. He took a part-time job as an engineer, but never lost the ambition and drive to race, which ended up costing him the majority of his income when he began to compete in the British Formula Ford 1600 competition in the 1970s.

Mansell won his first-ever race at Mellory Park in 1976. In one short year, Mansell had the opportunity to win his first championship, after winning 32 of the 42 races he participated in. In a horrible accident, Mansell broke his back and most thought his racing days were over before they ever really got started. In a miraculous turnaround, Nigel returned to claim his championship against medical advice.

Mansell and his wife sold their property in 1979 to pay for their Formula 3 races with the March team. The March wasn't anything impressive, but Mansell's performance still attracted the attention of Lotus Formula 1 boss Colin Chapman. Chapman was convinced of Mansell's talents, and invited him to test a Formula 1 car.

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