On Saturday and Sunday the Scottish Borders town of Duns played host to the Jim Clark Weekend to celebrate 50 years since the racing legend’s second Formula One World Championship, his famous Indianapolis 500 victory, Formula 2 Championship and Tasman Championship, all in 1965.
The event organised by the Jim Clark Trust, Classic Lotus and Club Lotus saw the arrival of many unique and extremely rare cars, including two Lotus Type 25s, one of which was Jim Clark’s World Championship winning 1963 Formula One car, a Lotus 38 Ford (1965) similar to the actual Indy 500 race car, a Lotus Type 43 BRM (1966), three famous Lotus Cortina’s, the first production Lotus Élan and original Porsche 356 from his early career.
Seeing – and hearing – these incredible cars lined up outside the Jim Clark Museum on the High Street in Duns was a stirring sight. And a quietly proud one for A Hume as each of the drivers sported an A Hume tweed cap as they took to the wheel for a short demo drive up and down the High Street.
On Friday we had the further thrill as some of the Club Lotus owners brought their cars round to A Hume for bit of fun with the folk of Kelso.
Also present for the celebrations – and also sporting an A Hume tweed cap! – was Formula One World Champion, Scottish icon and close buddy of Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart.
Sir Jackie Stewart is Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust and accompanying him were triple Le Mans 24HR winner Allan McNish and Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, who are also Patrons of the Trust.
It’s impossible to showcase the speed and power of these cars over such a short strip but it’s entirely possible to feel it and the atmosphere amongst the crowd as these vintage cars revved and roared was one of muted awe. The video below gives a wee flavour of the day.
It was also an incredible privilege to be allowed so close to inspect these, irreplaceable, priceless vehicles – members of the public were allowed to chat to owners and walk freely amongst the cars. In fact all that protected the cars was the owners trust in the good manners of the visitors.
Also on show were several over 50 Club Lotus sports cars from all eras and again the owners were very generous in their engagement with the public.
The event attracted local as well as further flung enthusiasts, as evidenced by the side streets filled with supercars. In the Co-Op car park alone there were a Lotus Elise, a Ferrari California, a Porsche 911 Carrera S and another Lotus – I’m afraid we didn’t catch the make and model of this one as we were suffering supercar fatigue by this stage – but it’s safe to say the Co-Op has never seen the likes.
It is hoped that the event will raise the profile of the Jim Clark Museum and their bid to attract funding for the enlargement and development of the museum. Jim Clark is widely regarded as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time, and his feat of winning the F1 and Indy 500 in the same year is unmatched to this day. Plans, supported by Scottish Borders Council are well underway and the Jim Clark Trust hope the project will be completed in 2018.
A Hume are delighted to have had the opportunity to support the event, we’d like to thank Classic Lotus, Club Lotus and the Jim Clark Trust, and to wish them the very best of luck.
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