Hired Help


A short note on your British F1 World Champions stories and Jim Clark in particular. Bill Woods’ excellent book Legends of Speed contains the following story from Leo Geoghegan (a very successful Australian driver).

Geoghegan used to offer Clark the use of his family’s Liverpool workshop when the Tasman Series was in Sydney: “When Jim wasn’t in the car, he was usually off learning to fly at Bankstown Airport, but occasionally he would hang around our workshop. I remember one day when Jim had nothing to do, I asked him to mow my mother’s lawn, and he did! She had no idea who he was, just thought he was some gardener I’d hired. It was a big lawn. It would have taken him a couple of hours…”

Can’t see any of today’s World Champions doing that out of boredom.

Lyndon Jay, Camden, Australia