This month Club Lotus and the Jim Clark Trust will be holding a weekend of celebrations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s 1965 season in which he won his second Formula One World Championship title, his win at the Indianapolis 500, the Formula 2 championship and the Tasman Championship.
The Jim Clark Weekend will take place in Jim’s home town of Duns in the Scottish Borders, on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, from 11am to 4pm each day. Among those attending the Sunday celebrations and raising awareness of the plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018 are fellows Scots racing drivers Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish.
The Jim Clark weekend is free to the public and it will start with a display of Jim Clark cars on Saturday, with the main event on Sunday when cars will parade through the town of Duns. The main base for the event will be just outside the Jim Clark Museum, which will be open to show its collection of Jim Clark’s trophies, gallery and videos.
Among the cars confirmed to attend are two Lotus Type 25s, including Jim Clark’s 1963 World Championship winning car. Also on show will be a Lotus 38, similar to the Indy 500 race car (pictured in the Indianapolis museum above), three famous Lotus Cortinas, the first production Lotus Elan and the original Porsch 356 from Jim Clark’s early career.
“I was very pleased to hear that Scottish Borders Council has committed to funding £500,000 to enlarge and improve the already established Jim Clark Museum,” Sir Jackie Stewart confirmed.. “Jim, who was a great friend, projected Scotland and the Borders of Scotland in a dignified fashion around the world, during his motor racing career.
“I am also very proud to be Honorary President of the Jim Clark Trust and a Patron of this justifiably important statement to be made to attract people to Duns and the Border region, to celebrate the life of Jim Clark. I am delighted to attend this special Jim Clark Weekend.”
Jim Clark is widely regarded as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time and is a national hero for Scotland. Jim Clark’s tragic death at Hockenheim in 1968 stunned the world.
It was often said that it was on his farm in Chirnside, Duns, that he felt most at home. He was much admired for his sportsmanship as a gentleman and humility alongside his remarkable natural ability as a racing driver.