Dapper fun at the Jim Clark Weekend
It’s no secret I am a fan of classic country clothing, Heritage brands, classic cars and motor racing legends. When I found out there is an event coming up that combines all four of these passions, I just had to share it you.
Club Lotus in partnership with The Jim Clark Trust and in association with Country Clothing retailer A Hume are hosting The Jim Clark Weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s historic 1965 season, during which he won his second Formula One World Championship, the Indianapolis 500, the Formula 2 Championship, and the Tasman Championship. The celebration will take place in Duns, Scottish Borders, on 16-17 May (2015).
The event will include a stunning line up of classic Formula One cars, Touring, and Sports cars in which Jim Clark raced in 1965. Some of the rare cars include two Lotus Type 25s , Jim Clark’s World-Championship-winning 1963 Formula One car, a Lotus 38 Ford (1965) similar to the actual Indy 500 race car, a Lotus Type 43 BRM (1966), three famous Lotus Cortina’s, the first production Lotus Elan, and the original Porsche 356 from Jim’s early career. Other cars celebrating the rich history of Scottish Borders motorsport are expected to join the weekend.
Triple Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and triple Le Mans 24HR winner Allan McNish are attending the celebration to raise awareness of plans for expansion of the Jim Clark Museum. Other notable attendees include Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and former Team Lotus chief mechanic Bob Dance.
Jim’s 1965 season is unsurpassed to this day, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time and a hero for Scotland. His tragic death at Hockenheim in 1968 stunned the world. He was much admired for his sportsmanship and humility. He often said he felt most at home on his farm in Chirnside, Duns.
Alan Morgan, Chairman of Club Lotus says: “This will be a unique celebration of Jimmy’s most successful racing season. By demonstrating the cars he drove during that year we’ll be bringing the sight and sound of these fabulous racing cars to Duns. Everyone is welcome. We are very grateful for the support of Scottish Borders Council, Classic Team Lotus, the car owners and all the volunteers who are helping over the weekend. ”
Sir Jackie Stewart, Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust says: “I was very pleased to hear that Scottish Borders Council has committed to funding £500,000 to enlarge and improve the already established Jim Clark Museum. Jim, who was a great friend, projected Scotland and the Borders of Scotland in a dignified fashion around the world, during his motor racing career. I am also very proud to be Honorary President of the Jim Clark Trust and a Patron of this justifiably important statement to be made to attract people to Duns and the Border region, to celebrate the life of Jim Clark. I am delighted to attend this special Jim Clark Weekend.”
Archie Hume, founder of A Hume Country Clothing says: “This is a big anniversary for Jim Clark – whose roots were very much in Duns – and for the Scottish borders. At A Hume we’ve just celebratead our 85th year in Kelso, so our roots in this beautiful landscape also run very deep. Jim Clark is a local hero, and has always been a personal hero of mine, so I’m particularly delighted that A Hume is able to support this wonderful tribute.”
The Jim Clark Weekend
The Jim Clark Museum, 44 Newtown St, Duns, Scottish Borders TD11 3AU
Both days 11am-4pm. Static car display Sat May 16. Parade and Main event Sun May 17.
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