RACE TO SAVE CAR MU­SEUM

With less than 48 hours to hit £300k tar­get, the new ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing Jim Clark and the clas­sics he drove may never open

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Anew mu­seum honour­ing Jim Clark and the cars he drove will be axed this Fri­day un­less cam­paign­ers can hit a £300k fundrais­ing tar­get by Fri­day (21 April). At the time of writ­ing, the Ber­wick­shire at­trac­tion needed more than £16,000 to get the green light. The cam­paign has ac­tu­ally raised more than £200,000 in to­tal from pri­vate fund­ing, £620,000 from the Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil and a fur­ther £645,000 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. If the re­main­der isn’t raised from a pub­lic crowd fund the scheme will also miss out on other fund­ing nec­es­sary for work to go ahead. If the fundrais­ing is suc­cess­ful, work on the mu­seum, sup­ported by Sir Jackie Ste­wart, will start later this year. Jim Clark Trust sec­re­tary Ben Smith is ap­peal­ing to clas­sic fans to help make the scheme a re­al­ity. He says: ‘If we miss the tar­get, then the project won’t go ahead.’

Clas­sics could soon be rac­ing on Coven­try’s ring road fol­low­ing changes to closed-road rules in main­land Bri­tain.

The Coven­try Motofest is one of the first events to start the ap­proval process to get such event up and run­ning.

The Depart­ment for Trans­port (DfT) ap­proved closed road mo­tor sport from 10 April this year fol­low­ing pres­sure from clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts and the Mo­tor Sport As­so­ci­a­tion (MSA).

James No­ble, Coven­try Motofest Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, says: ‘We have made no se­cret of our de­sire to host com­pet­i­tive mo­tor­sport on the Coven­try ring road and this change in the leg­is­la­tion should en­able us to do ex­actly that.

‘We will now look care­fully at the leg­is­la­tion and will aim to be com­pet­i­tive as soon as the leg­is­la­tion al­lows.’

A Coven­try ring road race would be around 2.25 miles in length and en­com­pass both the old and new cathe­drals as well as the city’s univer­sity.

No­ble is aim­ing to get some­thing in place for the free Coven­try Motofest event on 3-4 of June this year, but a full ring road race is likely to hap­pen at a fu­ture event due to the amount of time it will take to set up.

The MSA is ex­pect­ing medium to large scale events to host the ma­jor­ity of closed road events in the fu­ture due to the scale, costs and clo­sure orders nec­es­sary to host races.

It is al­ready work­ing with a ‘small num­ber of events that have well ad­vanced plans’.

A spokesper­son from the MSA says: ‘ The or­gan­is­ing club must ap­ply to the local high­way au­thor­ity for a road clo­sure, giv­ing a min­i­mum of six months’ no­tice af­ter al­ready ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion from the MSA.

‘ The MSA has to vet the race route, draft a safety plan and li­aise with other local author­i­ties. Re­al­is­ti­cally a club will typ­i­cally need to al­low 12 months to go through the ap­proval process.’

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Jamie Grey

Clas­sic mo­tor rac­ing could be com­ing to Motofest. Al­though Rover BRM v Tri­umph Spit­fire races are prob­a­bly out of the ques­tion.

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