Today’s drivers are judged on their abilities in Formula 1. But in the 60’s, they had to be all rounders, comfortable in all forms of motor sport. In 1964 Jim was British and French Formula 2 Champion and the British Saloon Car Champion. He competed in an era of only 8-10 Championship races in a season. During his career he took part in 72 Championship Grand Prix, winning 25 of them.
In addition between 1960 and his death in 1968 he won another 24 non-championship Grand Prix, plus the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. Two World Championships in 1963 and 1965, plus two second places in 1962 and 1964, both decided on the last race of the season. By 1967 the shy unpretentious Scot had become more outgoing, although traces of the Borders farmer remained.
Jim’s driving was acclaimed around the world and he was recognised everywhere.
He was awarded an OBE in 1964.