38 may 2015
the british invasion
Ruby led for 68 laps, but his engine
seized up and that put rookie Stewart in
front from laps 151-190, before his car
lost oil pressure. That supposedly left
Graham Hill in first place, where he stayed
for the final 10 circuits, although it’s been
widely disputed that the wrong driver’s
face is on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
“Graham Hill got lapped and then
un-lapped himself, but there’s no way he
beat Jimmy,” continues McCall. “We ran
down to victory lane and when we got
there Graham was already in the box. We
were pissed because we had the official
RAC scorer in our pit and USAC had a
little old lady, and our lap charts clearly
showed we finished ahead of Graham.
“Clark did win the race. There’s no doubt
in my mind, and he thought so as well.”
For 1967, what turned out to be Clark’s
last Indy 500 was easily his worst.
“It was the same car from 1966, we
never got to tire test, the engines kept
blowing up, and the changes we made
didn’t work,” says Eamon “Chalkie”
Fullalove, the wing commander of Indy cars
for 30 years, whose initial Indy appearance
in ’ 67 came as a wrench with Team Lotus.
16th and burned a piston early in the
Despite spinning twice (both times
without flat-spotting his Firestones),
Clark finished second in the ’ 66 indy 500.
Or was it first? Controversy still reigns...
1966: SPIN AND... WIN?