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A Story of Inheritance

July 18 to 20, 1968 British Grand Prix

Jo Roger Dixon
Although brand new and a `B` specification the race winning Lotus 49 of Jo Siffert uses a slightly lower wing configuration than the `works` cars.

A lifelong friend gave me something towards the end of his long and brave battle with Parkinson’s disease saying he wanted me to have it as his family would “Just scoop it up as part of their inheritance and not appreciate it”, I certainly did, and do, appreciate it. All the more now as my friend’s battle came to an end last year.

What is my inheritance? Well, if you regard it as my friend Graham Adams thought his family would, it’s a fifty-five year old book where people have scrawled all over the front and back endpapers and fly leaves. But I know it’s a pre-publication copy of Graham Gauld’s 1968 book `Jim Clark Portrait of a Great Driver’ 1 of just 100 sold by Les Leston at the British Grand Prix that year. Those scrawlings-indeed they are compared to the neat text throughout the rest of the publication-are the autographs of all the starters in the 1968 British Grand Prix. A feat that would be impossible for a fan to replicate in one weekend today.

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