Fans bring 1962 Jim Clark trophy home

Fans of Chirnside racing legend Jim Clark have brought one his first major trophies home to Berwickshire.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:44 pm
Jim Clark's mentor Ian Scott-Watson and Lawrence Johnston who runs the fan club, with the 1962 British Grand Prix trophy.
Jim Clark's mentor Ian Scott-Watson and Lawrence Johnston who runs the fan club, with the 1962 British Grand Prix trophy.

The winner’s trophy from the 1962 British Grand Prix at Aintree will take pride of place in the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, which is due to reopen this weekend, after fans raised over £12,000 to buy it from a collector in Canada.

The Chirnside driver was presented with the silverware on July 21, 1962, after dominating the event - the last grand prix held at Aintree before the race moved to Silverstone - leading from start to finish in his Lotus 25 Climax.

The trophy is set to go on display in the Duns museum, after an original bid by fans to buy Clark’s Rand Grand Prix cup, which he won in Kyalami, Johannesburg, in December 1962, failed.

The British GP trophy won by Jim Clark in 1962.

Lawrence Johnston, who runs the Jim Clark fan club, explained: “I found out that the cup was about to come up for auction and I decided to start a donation/fund page on the fan club group, as we have over 6000 members.

“The response was amazing. The original auction had only about 60 minutes to go and we had £8000 in the fund but we still couldn't reach the reserve. With only 15 mins to go the fund page shot up to £12,000 thanks to a very generous donation from a fan down south.

“However, we still didn’t reach reserve and the auction closed.”

Lawrence contacted the auction to see if a deal could be struck, but was told the reserve price was £15,000.

The Jim Clark Trust said it was prepared to contribute to try and get the deal done. However, while he was in discussion with the trust, Lawrence was contacted by a gentleman from Italy, who made him aware that Clark’s 1962 British Grand Prix trophy was up for sale in Canada.

“When I heard about the Aintree trophy it was back to the drawing board,” Lawrence said.

“I chatted with Doug Niven from the Jim Clark Trust and he was also very excited about this trophy as it was Jim Clark’s first British GP win. We decided this trophy had to be in the museum.

"After a few emails back and forth I managed to strike a deal with the gentleman.”

The trophy arrived last month with Lawrence set to the museum, which opens to the public on May 17.