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Original 1965 Champion spark plug advertisement, featuring race car drivers Jim Clark, Graham Hill, and Dan Gurney.


James Clark OBE (4 March 1936 – 7 April 1968) was a British Formula One racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965.  A versatile driver, he competed in sports cars, touring cars and in the Indianapolis 500, which he won in 1965.  He was particularly associated with Team Lotus and drove for them during his entire Formula One career, between 1960 and 1968.

Clark was killed in a Formula Two racing accident in April 1968 in Hockenheim, West Germany.  At the time of his death, aged 32, he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and achieved more Grand Prix pole positions (33) than any other driver.


Norman Hill OBE (15 February 1929 – 29 November 1975) was a British racing driver and team owner, who was the Formula One World Champion twice, winning in 1962 and 1968 as well as being runner up on three occasions (1963, 1964 and 1965).  Despite not passing his driving test until 1953 when he was already 24 years of age, and only entering the world of motorsports a year later, Hill would go on to become one of the greatest drivers of his generation.  Hill is most celebrated for being the only driver ever to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport, an achievement which he defined as winning the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Formula One World Drivers' Championship.  Hill is still the only driver to have ever won the Triple Crown, winning at Monaco with such frequency in the 1960s (5x; 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) that he became known as "Mr. Monaco."  Wins in the most prestigious races of all three of the major disciplines of motor racing cemented Hill's position as one of the most complete drivers in the history of the sport. Hill was also a well-liked television personality and was frequently seen on television screens in the 1970s in a non-sporting capacity, appearing on a variety of programs including panel games.  In 1975, Hill and five others were killed when the airplane Hill was piloting from France crashed in fog at night in north London.  


Daniel Gurney (April 13, 1931 – January 14, 2018) was an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner who reached racing's highest levels starting in 1958.  Gurney won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. Gurney is the first of three drivers to have won races in sports cars (1958), Formula One (1962), NASCAR (1963), and Indy cars (1967), the other two being Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya.  In 1967, after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans together with A. J. Foyt, Gurney spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium, which thereafter became a custom at many motorsports events.  As owner of All American Racers, he was the first to put a simple right-angle extension on the upper trailing edge of the rear wing.  This device, called a Gurney flap, increases downforce and, if well designed, imposes only a relatively small increase in aerodynamic drag.  At the 1968 German Grand Prix, he became the first driver ever to use a full face helmet in Grand Prix racing.  In 2018 Gurney died of complications from pneumonia; he was 86 years old.


Dimensions: 9.75 inches wide by 13.25 inches high

1965 Champion Spark Plug Advert, Three Legendary Racecar Drivers

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