Borders racing great Jim Clark is remembered

More than 1,000 motor sport enthusiasts from all over the world journeyed to Duns on Saturday to pay tribute to racing driver Jim Clark.

Friday, 13th April 2018, 12:07 pm
Louis Watson from Duns was the only person allowed to sit in one of Jims cars a Lotus 32B the cat in which Jim Clark won the The Australian Tasman Grand Prix 1965.

They helped family and friends mark 50 years since the double Formula One world champion died in while racing in Germany on April 7, 1968.

Lotus cars – six of Clark’s own – lined Newtown Street, while VIP guests included Clark’s mechanic Bob Dance, close friend Ian-Scott Watson and Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

Clive Chapman, son of Colin Chapman, founder of team Lotus and Bob Dance who was Jim Clarks mechanic.

Five-year-old Louis Watson, pictured, was the only person allowed to sit in one of Jim’s cars – a Lotus 32B, the cat in which he won the The Australian Tasman Grand Prix 1965

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The gathering also signalled the start of work on a new £1.6million museum at the current Jim Clark Room.

Funding has been a culmination of efforts by Scottish Borders Council, the Jim Clark Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Doug Niven, of the Jim Clark Trust, said: “We’ll never cease to be amazed at how many people want to come and pay their respects to Jim and learn more about him. We look forward to a new museum celebrating the life and achievements of Jim and his legacy for Scottish motorsport to promote heritage, education and inspire future generations.”

Clive Chapman, son of Colin Chapman, founder of team Lotus and Bob Dance who was Jim Clarks mechanic.