Motor stars mark Jim Clark anniversary

Sir Jackie Stewart visiting the Jim clark room in Duns
Sir Jackie Stewart visiting the Jim clark room in Duns

Motor racing greats are set to make a pilgrimage to Chirnside to take part in May’s Jim Clark Weekend.

Organisers are delighted to confirm that triple Formula One World Champion and close friend of Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart will be attending the event on Sunday May 17 as Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust, with triple Le Mans 24 Hour winner Allan McNish and Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, who are also Patrons of the Trust.

Other notable attendees will include Ian Scott Watson, Jim’s friend and early mentor, and former Team Lotus chief mechanic Bob Dance.

The event is being run by Club Lotus in partnership with The Jim Clark Trust to celebrate Jim Clark’s second Formula One World Championship, his famous Indianapolis 500 victory, Formula 2 Championship and the Tasman Championship, all in 1965.

The 50 year anniversary will be celebrated in Duns, on Saturday May 16 and Sunday 17. The event is free to the public with a static display of Jim Clark cars on the Saturday and the main event on the Sunday featuring the exciting sight and sounds of the cars parading through Jim Clark’s home town of Duns, with over 50 sports cars from Club Lotus.

The event runs from 11pm to 4pm on both days outside the Jim Clark Museum in Duns.

The weekend not only celebrates the anniversary of 1965 but confirms plans for a new £1.2m redevelopment of the existing Jim Clark Museum by 2018.

This was announced in February through the partnership between Scottish Borders Council and The Jim Clark Trust.