We’re backing plans to keep Jim Clark legacy alive

There are plans to relocate the Jim Clark Room and create a new museum in Duns.
There are plans to relocate the Jim Clark Room and create a new museum in Duns.

Tweeddale Press Group has thrown its weight behind exciting plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by becoming official media partners of The Jim Clark Trust.

The agreement, which also involves The Scotsman, another Johnston Press title, follows the trust’s unveiling in September of plans to open an expanded Jim Clark Museum in Duns in 2018.

Jim Clark showroom

Jim Clark showroom

David Coulthard is the latest big name in Scottish motorsport to support the proposal by joining the patrons club. With Sir Jackie Stewart as Honorary President and Dario Franchitti as founding member, three of the biggest names in Scottish motorsport are now on board.

Ben Smith of The Jim Clark Trust said: “Having the support of the Tweeddale Press Group, we have no doubt, will enable us to help raise the profile of our plans, credibility and funding for a new museum by 2018. It is a huge boost and potentially key to future success.”

Plans for the new museum in Duns are based around a partnership between The Jim Clark Trust run by family relatives who own the current trophy collection and capital funding investment from Scottish Borders Council for a new building for an expanded museum.

Since 1969 the existing Jim Clark Memorial Room dedicated to celebrating the life and motor racing career of Jim Clark has attracted over 300,000 visitors.

Plans for a new Jim Clark Museum and patrons club are announced at the Goodwood Revival classic car festival. Left to Right: Christian Overland (Henry Ford Museum, US), Sir Jackie Stewart, Lord March, Dario Franchitti, Doug Niven (Jim Clark Trust), Ian Calder (Jim Clark Trust), Colin Chapman (Classic Team Lotus)

Plans for a new Jim Clark Museum and patrons club are announced at the Goodwood Revival classic car festival. Left to Right: Christian Overland (Henry Ford Museum, US), Sir Jackie Stewart, Lord March, Dario Franchitti, Doug Niven (Jim Clark Trust), Ian Calder (Jim Clark Trust), Colin Chapman (Classic Team Lotus)

The ambition of the trust over the next five years with the support of Sir Jackie Stewart, Dario Franchitti, David Coulthard, Tweeddale Press Group and The Scotsman is to attract patrons and supporters to expand the current collection with new memorabilia to inspire future generations with 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 in which he raced.

Phil Johnson, editor of The Berwickshire News and Berwick Advertiser, said: “Jim Clark’s achievements and the admiration and respect held for him as a man make him one of the most influential Borderers of his generation. We are delighted to support The Jim Clark Trust and its exciting plan to create a lasting legacy.”

Family trustees Doug Niven, Jim Clark’s cousin, and Ian Calder, Jim’s nephew, said: “We are touched by all the support.

“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.”

Born in Fife on March 4 1936 in Fife, Jim Clark was six when his family moved to Edington Mains Farm near Duns and Chirnside. He became the pre-eminent motor racing driver of the 1960s, winning two Formula 1 world titles, in 1963 and 1965, and the Indianapolis 500. He won 25 of his 72 grands prix with 33 pole positions.

He died tragically during an F2 race at Hockenheim in Germany in April 1968.