The Golden Age of Motorsports

Born in 1929 in Santa Barbara, California, Jesse Alexander’s legendary archive of motorsports photography provides a thrilling insight into the Golden Age of racing. Alexander started photographing motor racing when the post-war period of austerity gave way to the technological advancements and the ensuing rise of racing in the 1950s.

Alexander also took portraits of the drivers, their friends and spectators. One in particular provides an intimate close-up of Jim Clark, the Scottish winner of 25 Grands Prix. The brilliantly candid portrait was taken in 1962 at the Grand Prix of Belgium, showing Clark’s face marked by his goggles and the dirt of the track. The photograph is particularly poignant given the tragic, fatal 1968 crash in Hockenheim, West Germany, that would curtail his celebrated career, and end his own life.

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