48 HOURS TO SAVE JIM CLARK MUSEUM
Act now to save the legacy of one of Britain’s finest racing drivers
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.