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Practice for the 1963 Aintree '200' is over, Jim Clark nonchanantly manoeuvres his beautiful and highly effective Lotus 25 on the cinder surface of the paddock.

It was a time when a young lad might easily encounter his heroes. On raceday morning I came across Jim and a friend engrossed in a book. I heard him remark "That's a bit naughty!" Sensing that this inquisitive youth was itching to sneak a peek, he graciously lowered the book, allowing me to see a full page image of him at the previous year's British Grand Prix,inches from the camera, with both inside wheels on the grass. The caption read: "Farmer goes grazing. Jim Clark takes a shortcut through Melling Crossing on his last, winning lap."  

© Tim Hain 2004