Jim Clark museum plan steps up a gear

Jim Clark leads the 1963 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in his Lotus 25-Climax

Jim Clark leads the 1963 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in his Lotus 25-Climax

The Jim Clark Room in Duns is set to be expanded next month with the opening of a new room to display previously unseen photographs.

The Jim Clark Trust has announced that the new room will be open to the public on May 9.

Trustees say the expansion is part of their long-term ambition to establish a larger museum in memory of the 
motor racing legend.

Trustee Doug Niven, a relative of Clark, explained: “An independent options appraisal is to be done in the near future to determine where the new museum should be sited as there are currently two options.”

One of the options is to stay at 44 Newtown Street, and the other is to move to the old Berwickshire High School.

Mr Niven added: “At this stage no decisions have been made and this appraisal will consult with any interested person to sound out their views before making a recommendation.”

In the meantime, the extra room at the Jim Clark Room on Newtown Street is currently being prepared and will be used to show proposed plans for the future as well displaying the rare photographs.

The next big occasion for the trust is the celebration of Clark’s 50th anniversary of winning the British Saloon Car Championship in 1964 with Team Lotus Cortina.

The event will be held at Knockhill on the weekend of August 23/24 and will be preceded on the Thursday when the Forth Bridge will be closed specially to allow several of Jim Clark’s actual racing cars to be driven across.

Tickets are on sale now from Knockhill and the trust will receive a percentage of the entry fee which will go towards the new museum.

The Jim Clark project has come on a long way in a short time.

Mr Niven added: “The trust would like to thank all those who have helped with events to date and look forward to exciting times ahead as the project unfolds.”




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