One way and another, Jim Clark has been much in my mind of late, not least, I suppose, because this year we come to the 50th anniversary of his death. In April 1968 Clark's fellow drivers made the sorrowful journey to Chirnside for his funeral, and it was later that day that his father talked to Dan Gurney.
"You know, Dan," he said, "you were the only one Jim ever worried about." Perhaps those few words put Gurney's status as a racing driver more clearly into perspective than anything else ever said or written about him, and Dan, who had revered Jimmy, almost broke down.
Now, half a century on, it is the death of Gurney that has me, and countless others, reeling. Given that he had long been in failing health, we may not have been surprised by the news, but still we were shocked by it: the loss of Dan Gurney - pictured below, left, with Clark - is immeasurable in our sport.