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Published - Thursday, 21 January 2016

Jim Clark Trust Confirms Charity Status And 3 New Patrons To Support Heritage Lottery Fund Bid
The Jim Clark Trust has been awarded official charity status to help fund raising plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018 to celebrate the life and legacy of the double Formula One champion.
The Trust was confirmed as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to coincide with an application to The Heritage Lottery Fund by Scottish Borders Council in November to support plans for a £1.65m new museum project in Duns, Scottish Borders. Scottish Borders Council has committed £600,000 to the project and hopes to secure £700,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund, with an additional £300,000 through fundraising with the support of The Jim Clark Trust.
The Jim Clark Trust, run by the family of Jim Clark, will focus on three themes: heritage, education and inspiration, and can now welcome support from the general public and sponsorship enquiries thanks to its official charitable status.
To help promote plans for the new museum, which is backed by Hon. President Sir Jackie Stewart, three new Patrons have been appointed in recognition of their friendship with Jim Clark, the Scottish Borders and Scottish motor sport: Ian Scott-Watson, Jim Clark’s early mentor and close friend with the Border Reivers racing club; Andrew Cowan former rally driver and founder of Ralliart; and Hugh McCaig, Chairman of the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) and Team Principal of Ecurie Ecosse.
The new museum project was launched in 2013 at the Goodwood Revival with over 20 historic cars in which Jim raced. Many of those cars have since joined celebrations in Duns in 2013 and 2015 for the Jim Clark Weekend organised by the Trust and Club Lotus featuring classic and modern racing and sports cars, attracting thousands of visitors and generating interest in the project.
The current museum is run by Scottish Borders Council with over 100 historic trophies donated by Jim’s family. Since 1969 it has attracted over 300,000 visitors. Plans for the new, expanded museum to open in the Spring of 2018 include expanding the current collection with new memorabilia to inspire future generations with a celebration of Jim’s incredible career and appreciation around the world; with trophies, pictures, an education zone linked to engineering, design and technology, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced.
The new museum is expected to attract in the region of 12,000 visitors a year with continued support from our regular Jim Clark Weekend event in recognition of Jim’s unsurpassed achievements in motor racing.
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