In Case You Missed It…(sadly, I did)
Club Lotus, in partnership with The Jim Clark Trust and in association with Country Clothing retailer A Hume, recently hosted The Jim Clark Weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s historic 1965 season. The 1965 season saw Jim win his second Formula One World Championship, the Indianapolis 500, the Formula 2 Championship, as well as the Tasman Championship. The celebration took place in Duns, in the Scottish Borders, on 16-17 May (2015).
The event included a stunning line up of classic Formula One, Touring, and Sports cars driven by Jim Clark in the 1965 season. Some of the rare cars included two Lotus Type 25s, Jim Clark’s World-Championship-winning 1963 Formula One car, a Lotus 38 Ford (1965) similar to his actual Indy 500 race car, a Lotus Type 43 BRM (1966), three famous Lotus Cortinas, the first production Lotus Elan, and the original Porsche 356 from Jim’s early career. Other cars celebrating the rich history of Scottish Borders motorsport also joined the weekend.
Triple Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and triple Le Mans 24hr winner Allan McNish attended the celebration to raise awareness of plans for expansion of the Jim Clark Museum. Other notable attendees include Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and former Team Lotus chief mechanic Bob Dance.
Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust, the one and only Sir Jackie Stewart, replete with one of A Hume’s fine tweed caps, said: “I was very pleased to hear that Scottish Borders Council has committed to funding £500,000 to enlarge and improve the already established Jim Clark Museum. Jim, who was a great friend, projected Scotland and the Borders of Scotland in a dignified fashion around the world, during his motor racing career. I am also very proud to be Honorary President of the Jim Clark Trust and a Patron of this justifiably important statement to be made to attract people to Duns and the Border region, to celebrate the life of Jim Clark. I am delighted to have attended this special Jim Clark Weekend.”
Archie Hume, founder of A Hume Country Clothing says: “This was a big anniversary for Jim Clark – whose roots were very much in Duns – and for the Scottish borders. At A Hume we are celebrating our 85th year in Kelso, so our roots in this beautiful landscape also run very deep. Jim Clark is a local hero, and has always been a personal hero of mine, so I’m particularly delighted that A Hume was able to support this wonderful tribute.”
You can see the full range of A Hume’s Country Clothing on their website: www.ahume.co.uk