Anniversary of Jim Clark’s first F1 world title marked

Andrew Laing of Club Lotus pays his respects at Jim Clark's graveside as Club Lotus lays a wreath after spending a Rememberance Weekend in the Borders.
Andrew Laing of Club Lotus pays his respects at Jim Clark's graveside as Club Lotus lays a wreath after spending a Rememberance Weekend in the Borders.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first F1 World Championship victory, Club Lotus and Classic Team Lotus are staging a display in Duns.

Club Lotus is the major car Club dedicated to looking after the interests of all enthusiasts of Lotus road cars from the Seven of the 50s to the Evora of today. Classic Team Lotus is the specialist team who restore, maintain and race-prepare all the classic race cars from the golden era of Team Lotus Racing, designed by the founder of Lotus Cars, Colin Chapman.

On Friday May 17, Club Lotus chairman Alan Morgan and Brian “Elanman” Buckland will be retracing Jim’s route from the old Lotus factory in Cheshunt in London to the ex-Clark family farm at Edington Mains near Chirnside in Jim’s very first Elan.

The centre piece of the display on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, will be Jim’s 1963 race car, the legendary Lotus 25 Chassis R4, designed and manufactured by Colin Chapman, which Jim raced to eight Formula 1 wins of the 12 races in 1963. This priceless single-seater is now owned by John Bower, who is coming over from Australia to join in all the action.

Also on display will be Lotus 25 Chassis R5, the spare car used by Jim in many non-championship events in that year, and one of the Lotus Cortina’s Jim often raced to victory on three wheels between Formula events.

These cars, overseen by Bob Dance, Jim’s mechanic in the early years of his career, will be demonstrated in action, courtesy of Berwickshire Police, 
in Newtown Street, Duns.

All this will be under the nostalgic eye of local man, Ian Scott Watson, who was the first to spot Jim’s exceptional talent.

A specially-gathered collection of Jim Clark memorabilia will also be on display in the library across from the Jim Clark Room courtesy of the curator and fount of Jim Clark knowledge, Andrew Tulloch

A commemorative dinner will be held on the Saturday evening in the Chirnside Hall Hoteland on Sunday afternoon, with the permission of the local police, all the Lotus cars, spearheaded by the single seaters, will drive the five miles in convoy from Duns to Chirnside Churchyard where a short ceremony will be held at Jim’s graveside in remembrance of one of Scotland’s greatest world champions.