Two of the biggest names in world motorsport have thrown their weight behind a £500,000 plan to open a new Jim Clark museum by 2018.
Sir Jackie Stewart and Dario Franchitti are both supporting the five-year project, which aims to create a lasting legacy for the celebrated racing driver in his home town of Duns.
Plans to open the museum with an expanded collection of memorabilia at the old Berwickshire High School have been unveiled by The Jim Clark Trust after Scottish Borders Council agreed to make a capital funding investment of more than £500,000.
Trustees hope the new museum may be able to house and display up 30 of Clark’s former cars for six months of the year and are confident it would attract thousands of tourists.
“This is the start of a really exciting venture. We are aiming to attract 15,000 to 20,000 visitors a year,” said Trustee spokesperson Ben Smith.
The existing Jim Clark Memorial Room in Duns has attracted over 300,000 since 1969. The ambition of the trust over the next five years is to attract patrons and supporters to help to expand the current collection with new memorabilia.
They hope to exhibit “a modern and vibrant celebration” of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world with trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars he raced.
Sir Jackie Stewart has taken on the role of honorary president of the trust, with Dario Franchitti the founding member of a new patrons club.
Both were present when plans for the museum were announced at the Goodwood Revival classic car festival with Lord March.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Clark’s first Forumla 1 world championship title, a parade of the greatest collection of historic Jim Clark cars ever gathered was on parade.
Motorsport legends Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore were also in attendance.
Family trustees Doug Niven (cousin) and Ian Calder (nephew) said: “We are touched by all the support from those who Jim inspired many years ago.
“Our aim is to keep his legacy alive with the new museum in Duns to inspire the next generation with a celebration of his life and motor sport.”
Clark was six when his family moved to Edington Mains Farm in Duns. He won the Formula 1 world title in 1963 and 1965 and excelled across all forms of motorsport, making him one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time.
He died tragically during an F2 race at Hockenheim, Germany in 1968.