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Events set for 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death

Jim Clark

A series of events has been unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death.

Taking place over the weekend of 7/8 April 2018, events include an exhibition showing some of his cars and an anniversary dinner.

Last September, plans for a new £1.6 million museum in Duns were confirmed, to honour the driver, and is expected to open in early 2019.

This will expand the existing facility which was dedicated to the driver, and which I must have passed many times before I learned of its existence, but not before my regular trips to the area ended, so I really missed out on this one.

Via Jim Clark anniversary events unveiled

More details from The Jim Clark Trust

18/01/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Jim Clark Museum secures final funding

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

It’s nice to see something manage to reach a successful conclusion without a great fuss or multitude of problems, but this does seem to be the case of the proposed Jim Clark Museum in the Borders.

I’ve followed this development over the years, purely by chance, and while it may have taken a while to see the progress of the small facility to the driver’s memory, to the current project to create a formal museum, it never seemed to be a project that would fail, or be over-ambitious and cause its own demise. There’s nothing worse than seeing a good idea collapse due to over-reaching ambition that has no real chance of being fulfilled.

It had always been hoped the development would be completed by 2018, a year which will mark the 50th anniversary of the driver’s death at Hockenheim in Germany, when he was just 32.

Born in Kilmany in Fife, Jim Clark was raised in the Borders, and went on to win the Formula 1 world championship in 1963 and 1965, and won a total of 25 grand prix races.

Via Jim Clark Museum in Duns crosses funding finish line

Pic courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

22/09/2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jim Clark Museum granted planning permission

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

It feels as if I’ve been watching stories about plans for a museum dedicated to racing driver Jim Clark for years, but it’s not really been that long.

While there have been a few objections about its appearance, and fear of a few extra cars needing to park nearby, it seems that they have been overcome, and planning permission has been granted.

It is hoped the development could be completed by 2018 – the 50th anniversary of Clark’s death at Hockenheim in Germany, aged just 32.

A proper facility seems like a good idea. Despite being aware there was a small collection of some sort there, The Jim Clark Room, I never got around to finding or visiting, even though there were times I was in the area regularly.

All they need now it the funding – the £1.65 million has a £300,000 crowdfunding campaign, while Scottish Borders Council has pledged £620,000 towards the museum, with a similar sum being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Via Green light for Jim Clark museum project in Duns

Pic courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

24/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Jim Clark Memorial

jim clarkJim Clark was born in Fife, on March 4, 1936, and raised in Duns in the Scottish Borders. During his Formula 1 career, he was to win 25 grand prix races, and hold the title of World Champion on two occasions, 1963 and 1965, while driving for the Lotus grand prix team.

In 1964, he received an OBE for his services to motor racing.

He lost his life at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany on April 7, 1968, during a Formula 2 race.

Many have visited, and continue to visit, the Jim Clark Rooms in Duns, devoted to his memory.

A memorial cross was erected at Hockenheim track close to the spot where he was killed, but became overgrown and was moved to a better location nearer the track.

The new memorial, designed by close friend Ian Scott-Watson,will be unveiled at the annual Jim Clark Revival Meeting at the end of next month.

There is also a life size statue of him in racing overalls, standing by the bridge over a small stream in the village of his birth, Kilmany in Fife.

Jim Clark is buried in the village of Chirnside in Berwickshire.

Pic courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

06/03/2008 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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