Fans of double world champion Jim Clark will welcome the recent news that an expanded museum honouring the Scot’s incredible career looks set to be built in his home town.
The green light for the project in Duns, close to the border, has come thanks to significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. With the Council having already assigned £620,000 towards the £1.6m build cost, the £53,000 grant from HLF will be followed by an application for a further £645,000.
Clark, who won the Formula 1 World Title with Lotus in 1963 and 1965, as well as the Indianapolis 500 in ’65, was killed in an F2 race at Hockenheim in Germany in April 1968. For many motorsport fans he remains the greatest driver in the history of the sport. His 33 pole positions and 25 wins from 72 appearances – all for Lotus – certainly represents one of the best ratios in F1 history.
Clark’s former rival and friend Sir Jackie Stewart is the Honorary President of the Jim Clark Trust, which has presided over the existing museum. Fellow Scot Stewart, himself a three-time champion, was delighted to hear that the extra funding will allow the Jim Clark Room to expand for 2018.
‘This is wonderful news,’ Stewart said. ‘Jim Clark was a wonderful ambassador for sport and indeed for Scotland; it’s only right that there is a facility created in his honour which will justify all of the success and achievements of this great Scot”.
Stewart’s fellow patron Dario Franchitti, a lifelong fan of Clark, added: ‘This is really brilliant news for the current Jim Clark Room and is just reward for all the hard work from those involved with The Jim Clark Trust. The expansion and renovation of the Jim Clark Room into an expanded new museum will allow Jim’s story to be told to a wider audience and continue to give him the recognition he so deserves.’
To help kickstart the expansion, which was announced by Lord March at the 2013 Goodwood Revival during celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Clark’s first world title, a campaign to raise extra cash and gather memorabilia has been launched.
Clark had strong links with Goodwood. He won several non-championship F1 races at the Motor Circuit and shared the outright lap record with Stewart – 1m20.4s – during the 1965 Sunday Mirror Trophy. In fact, the great Scots’ marker wasn’t beaten until their countryman Andrew Smith lowered it to 1m18.9 during the 2010 Whitsun Trophy in a Lola T70 Spyder.
If you’re a Jim Clark fan and want to know more about this homage to one of our greatest champions, or indeed contribute to the project, log on to www.jimclarktrust.com and www.justgiving.com/jimclarktrust.