CLARK MU­SEUM TO EX­PAND

Char­ity sta­tus boosts plans to build on Scot­tish leg­end’s legacy

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Plans for a new Jim Clark Mu­seum to open 50 years af­ter his death have taken a step for­ward af­ter the Jim Clark Trust was awarded of­fi­cial char­ity sta­tus.

The dou­ble For­mula 1 world cham­pion re­mains one of Scot­land’s most fa­mous sport­ing he­roes and now plans are pro­gress­ing to open a greatly ex­panded mu­seum in his home­town of Duns in the Scot­tish bor­ders. Clark died in an F2 race at Hock­en­heim in April 1968.

The Trust has been con­firmed as a Scot­tish Char­i­ta­ble In­cor­po­rated Or­gan­i­sa­tion to co­in­cide with an ap­pli­ca­tion to The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil has com­mit­ted £600,000 to the £1.65mil­lion mu­seum pro­ject and hopes to se­cure £700,000 from The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and an ad­di­tional £300,000 through fundrais­ing.

The new and ex­panded mu­seum, set to open in spring 2018, should in­clude an ex­pan­sion of the cur­rent col­lec­tion with tro­phies, pic­tures, an education zone linked to en­gi­neer­ing, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced.

The Trust, run by Clark’s fam­ily, will fo­cus on the three themes of her­itage, education and in­spi­ra­tion. Three new pa­trons have been ap­pointed; Clark’s early men­tor and close friend Ian Scott-wat­son, rally driver An­drew Cowan and Hugh Mccaig from Ecurie Ecosse.

Scott-wat­son said: “I am sure that those le­gions of fans who have vis­ited the present Jim Clark Room and oth­ers from all over the world are look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing this pro­ject and vis­it­ing the mu­seum in time for the 50th an­niver­sary of Jim’s tragic death.”

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