As a child, Jeremy dreamt of race car driving, his brother Barry Clark raced in both Monoposto and Formula Vee in the late sixties and early seventies, gaining a fiercesome reputation as a highly competitive driver, especially in the wet where his low budget disadvantages were superceded by his great car control.
Jez's racing career began late, as a young Technician apprentice, money was in short supply, motor cycles were his only affordable passion (though Jeremy suffered more than one or two broken bones during that period!).
By the time he had become a qualified Technician he had drifted back to tuning cars and it was during a visit to his brother Barry and wife Dot (both Bermuda Karting Club Champions) that the racing spark ignited after he was 'given' a couple of races in the local championship karting.
Two seasons of successful U.K karting followed until the money was gone, it would be another 6 years until he would have the opportunity to race again...........................................
In mid 1991 a chance meeting with Tim Flynn and sons Sean and Gary led to the possibility of a new racing venture.
They had a car entered in Formula Vee and after explaining the costs and offering help with engines, gearboxes etc a swift decision was made to sell his much prized Laverda Jota 1000 and Jeremy began to save for a 'racing budget'.
As with all stories, there are always chance meetings that lead inevitably to other things, and that was certainly the case with Jeremy's tale.
He met Andres Serrano (a well known and very successful Ecuadorian FVee driver who had recently moved to the U.K) at a test day run by Andy Storer of Scarab Cars, 3 days later Jez had ordered a new FVee Predator chassis kit from the U.S.A.!
After 3 months of hard graft, having built the car from scratch in a small lock-up garage in North London, the completed Predator arrived at a wet Cadwell Park where a new unknown novice driver qualified 13th and finished the race in 7th place. Much to the jubilation of the rest of the team present who were ; Barry Clark, Dot Clark, Wilson Muir, Jane Ingram and Sean Flynn, all who had worked so hard to help get Jez out there.
Two races later he won his first ever motor race at a very wet Silverstone....................................................
Jez shown at Oulton Park in his first year of racing (a little over exhuberant perhaps?)