Events planned to commemorate F1 champion Jim Clark

A programme of events to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of F1 World Champion Jim Clark, who died in 1968, has been confirmed.

Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 8:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 8:57 am
Race winner Jim Clark (GBR) Lotus. USA Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, USA, 2 October 1966

The weekend of April 7 and 8 will see a collaboration between The Jim Clark Trust, Club Lotus, Live Borders and Chirnside Common Good Association welcoming visitors who would like to pay their respects, share fond memories and celebrate plans for a new Jim Clark Museum.

The programme will involve a commemorative church service in Chirnside, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jim Clark museum in Duns, an anniversary dinner at Carfraemill Hotel, an open exhibition at Chirnside Village Hall for anyone who would like to showcase their own Jim Clark memorabilia, while Classic Team Lotus plans to exhibit some of Jim’s famous race cars.

Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and Trustee for The Jim Clark Trust said: “Everyone is welcome over the weekend. It is quite incredible how his memory remains so strong and emotional even 50 years on. We feel honoured that so many people have shown interest and we want this weekend to be both a commemoration and celebration to inspire future generations.

“We would like to thank our partner agencies in this venture. It will be intriguing to see if we can uncover new memorabilia that may be of interest to the new museum with the Chirnside Hall exhibition.

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“We are delighted with the support of Classic Team Lotus which I am certain will help attract people from far and wide.”

Jim Clark inspired a generation in the 1960’s. He was killed in a tragic accident in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim in 1968. His death shocked the world leading to a greater emphasis on safety led by his friend Sir Jackie Stewart still relevant to this Formula One to this day.

In September 2017 plans were confirmed for a new £1.6m Jim Clark Museum funded by Scottish Borders Council, Heritage Lottery and The Jim Clark Trust. The new museum is expected to open in the spring of 2019.