Dear Friends and Supporters
We are thrilled to let you know that the new museum, with a new name and a new logo is under starters orders, due to open later this summer. The current schedule is for the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum to open in mid July. However, due to the ongoing construction programme and then the installation of exhibition displays, the opening dates will not be confirmed until nearer the time. Please keep in touch with our website and social media for updates. We look forward to welcoming visitors very soon.
Plans for the new museum in Jim’s home town of Duns, Scotland, began back in 2013, The Jim Clark Trust charity was formed in 2015, architecture and operating plans formulated in 2016, the fundraising started in 2017 and the building works commenced a year ago in 2018. We are delighted that 50 years on from the original Jim Clark Memorial Room opened by Jim’s parents in 1969, we will soon be starting a new chapter in the story of Jim Clark, celebrating his life and his legacy to inspire future generations.
The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
At the heart of the new museum will be the Clark Family trophy collection, with a celebration of Jim’s life from his early school years and farming in the Scottish Borders, to becoming a racing driver and international icon winning the Formula 1 World Championship in 1963 & 1965 and Indianapolis 500. Visitors can expect a modern interpretation and emotional experience with memorabilia, imagery, archive film, a gallery, interactive displays, retail shop, classic race car simulator and two Jim Clark race cars as the star attractions. The new museum will aim to capture the contrasting worlds of rural farming life in the Scottish Borders with the excitement, glamour and danger of motor racing in the 1960s, that so influenced his character and made Jim Clark one of the most admired and much loved racing drivers of all time.
A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome Dario Franchitti, 4 x IndyCar Champion and 3 x Indianapolis 500 Winner, to view progress (picture above). The new £1.65 million museum is a partnership between The Jim Clark Trust, Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland, The Fallago Environment Fund and thousands of public donations. We are grateful for the support of our Hon. President Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, our Patrons from the world of motorsport, and all our supporters and volunteers for their generosity and encouragement, without whom the new museum would not be possible.
Events and Future plans
Earlier this year we attended events at Autosport and Race Retro and have plans to exhibit at the BVAC Classic at Thirlestane, Royal Highland Show Edinburgh, Silverstone Grand Prix, Silverstone Classic, Knockhill and Bo’ness Revival promoting the new museum and Trust activities. Our future plans include an inspiring Jim Clark Tourist Trail celebrating the heritage of motorsport in the Scottish Borders for museum visitors and Car Clubs, limited edition artwork, a membership scheme, events and programmes to promote heritage, education and inspiration; which is why your continued support is so appreciated.
Win a Jim Clark Lotus Evora www.jimclarklotus.com
Have you entered yet? Enter today and you can win this one of a kind Jim Clark Lotus Evora GT410 Sport, officially the 100,000th Lotus ever built. Entry costs £20/$20/€20 towards our charity and plans for the new museum. The Jim Clark Lotus Evora is a special tribute to Jim’s 1960s famous red Elan with unique features including a red and silver livery, Scottish tartan interior, wooden gear knob, plaque and embossed signature. The lucky winner will be announced at an official opening ceremony for the new museum planned for mid August with special guests. Please share with your family and friends.
Good luck in winning this amazing prize. It has been an amazing journey to date and thank you for your support. We look forward to keeping in touch and welcoming you to the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in the near future.