Act now to save the legacy of one of Bri­tain’s finest rac­ing driv­ers

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Acrowd­fund­ing cam­paign to help kick-start work on a £1.6 mil­lion mu­seum ded­i­cated to mo­tor sport leg­end Jim Clark needs your help.

At the time of writ­ing, it needs £16,570 by 10.29am this Fri­day to get the green light.

Ben Smith, Jim Clark Trust sec­re­tary, said that the cam­paign has ac­tu­ally raised more than £200,000 in to­tal from pri­vate fund­ing but has to find a fur­ther £100,000 to reach its tar­get be­fore the 21 April deadline. Smith says: ‘If we miss the tar­get, the project won’t go ahead.’

The Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil has al­ready com­mit­ted to £620,000 of fund­ing to the project and the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund has pledged a fur­ther £645,000, but the project needs the ex­tra money through crowd­fund­ing to ap­prove a re­de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing Jim Clark Room in Duns.

Plans for the new mu­seum in­clude ex­pand­ing the cur­rent col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia, image gal­leries, film footage and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and in­tro­duc­ing a tech­nol­ogy and ed­u­ca­tion zone. The space will have room to dis­play two of Jim Clark’s race cars to form the high­light of the mu­seum that will cel­e­brate his ca­reer as one of the great­est mo­tor rac­ing driv­ers of all time.

Clark won the For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship in 1963 and 1965, and In­di­anapo­lis 500 also in 1965, with 25 wins and 33 pole po­si­tions from a to­tal of 72 starts.

His death at Hock­en­heim in Ger­many in April 1968 aged 32 helped to re­de­fine For­mula 1 with a greater em­pha­sis on safety, an ini­tia­tive led by his close friend Sir Jackie Ste­wart.

Ste­wart is one of a group of high­pro­file mo­tor rac­ing names back­ing the mu­seum, with other in­clud­ing John Cle­land, Al­lan McNish, David Coulthard, Dario Fran­chitti and for­mer FIA Ladies World Rally cham­pion, Louise Aitken-Walker.

Aitken-Walker, who now runs a deal­er­ship in Duns, the home of the cur­rent Jim Clark Rooms, called on mo­tor sport fans across the world to join in sup­port­ing the project.

She says: ‘The new Jim Clark Mu­seum would be a fit­ting trib­ute to re­mem­ber a true sport­ing great. It’ll not only in­spire fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of mo­tor sport tal­ent but also pro­vide a fan­tas­tic at­trac­tion and warm wel­come to the Scot­tish Bor­ders re­gion that Jim was so proud to call home.’

Sup­port­ers who pledge £25 or more can claim a range of re­wards, in­clud­ing lim­ited edi­tion T-shirts, signed prints and replica Jim Clark driv­ing gloves for pledg­ing to­wards the goal.

Those flush enough to sup­port £10,000 to the project will get the top-tier re­ward, which in­cludes hav­ing your name and per­sonal mes­sage dis­played on a plaque in the new mu­seum plus an in­vi­ta­tion to a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion din­ner at the venue.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the mu­seum might look.

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