Nelson Piquet’s childhood doesn’t reflect the cliched stories of any other champion before, or after him. He struggled to remain true to anything he was born into or achieved. Spening much of his teen years in Miami, Florida he flourished in tennis. With modest features, squiggly teeth and an acquired sense of humor, Nelson never epitomized athleticism. He eclipsed his own talents and lost interest in the sport before turning professional. Playing on a hard court, back and fourth clearly didn’t excite the individual, and he traded cement for tarmac and a linear sport for circles.
Britain has had some fantastic drivers over the years. Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Damon Hill, and in recent years, Lewis Hamilton. The introduction to Scotland’s unique love affair with motorsport began with a quiet, unassuming young man named Jim Clark. His “innocent talent” and gentlemanly stature was greatly respected and was luring to his fellow peers and fans.
James Clark junior was born into a farming family in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland. As a rural boy, he shared his childhood with four siblings, all sisters. Clark was educated privately in institutions on the peripheral regions of Edinburgh. As with any young man in his adolescence, partaking in sport was, and still is much the norm in school. But road racing never teased his thoughts. Clark excelled in field sports, where he enjoyed the modest pleasures of cricket – a likely reflection of his personality, being a gentlemen’s game. But at the age of 16 James was forced to return home after the sudden deaths of his uncle and grandfather.