Nov 5, 2004
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Copyright 2004, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Former Grand Prix tuner Nobby Clark, 68, became a U.S. citizen on September 27, in New York City, New York.<BR><BR>Clark, who was born to British parents in the country of Rhodesia, which is now known as Zimbabwe, tried for years to get a British passport, including gathering documents and records showing his family's English roots going back 150 years. Clark finally gave up his pursuit of the British passport, registered as a Resident Alien in the United States (where he has lived and worked since 1993) and began the long process of obtaining U.S. citizenship. <BR><BR>"It dragged on and on. I went for a medical exam and finger prints. I didn't hear anything for it must have been two years, then I got a letter to go for this interview, which is a normal thing. <BR><BR>"The crazy thing about it was I couldn't understand the guy who was doing the interview. His English was so bad that my attorney, who was with me, had to interpret. He was a nice guy and all and I'm sure he was a U.S. citizen, but he was interviewing me for citizenship and he could barely speak English!<BR><BR>"I didn't hear anything more for 18 months, then I got a letter telling me to be in New York City at the Federal Plaza at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. I got there at 8:00 a.m."<BR><BR>Clark's swearing-in ceremony took place two days before his 68th birthday. "As a birthday present, I don't think anything could have been better," Clark told Roadracingworld.com.<BR><BR>Clark is best known for tuning for the Honda factory Grand Prix team during the 1960s, followed by a long stint with Yamaha, during which, "I worked with Kenny (Leroy) Roberts until he retired, all eight years he raced in Europe," said Clark.<BR><BR>Clark is currently working in a small Ferrarri shop in upstate New York.<BR><BR><BR>