Post by Chris Wright on Sept 27, 2017 15:42:04 GMT -5
I finally finished Jim Clark's hill climb car, surprisingly a Lotus 38! I believe this was the third 38 chassis that Lotus completed, and thus it did not compete in the famous 1965 Indy 500. (incidentally this car did compete in the 66 Indy, and was either 1st or 2nd depending apon who you liked best. The finish was very controversial and the official winner was Graham in a Lola.
(In the the 1966 Indy 500 it was painted in STP colours).
Anyway: In the summer of 65 Team Lotus took this yet to be famous Lotus 38 on a European exhibition tour. Jim Clark drove it in a Swiss hill-climb at Ste Ursanne-Les Rangiers -- in the wet. Fitted with symmetrical suspension and a five-speed ZF gear box the car made six climbs, the quickest being 3.6 seconds slower than Siffert's FTD in Rob Walker's F1 Brabham-BRM." Jim's performance was pretty good considering Siffert was king of the hill.