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Lotus sends an E22 to Jim Clark festival

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14/05/2015

A 2014 Lotus E22 is the latest addition to the array of machines on display at The Jim Clark Weekend in Duns this weekend.

The car, which was raced by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado during the 2014 season, has been organised by The Jim Clark Trust with Lotus F1 Team to provide a dash of contemporary racing design among a stellar line-up of classic Formula One cars, Touring and Sports cars celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Jim Clark's unmatched 1965 season.

The car, which features the ‘twin tusk’ nose cone, will be shipped directly to Jim Clark’s home town of Duns from Enstone, is the latest boost for the event being run by The Jim Clark Trust and Club Lotus to celebrate Clark’s second Formula One World Championship, his Indianapolis 500 victory, Formula 2 Championship and Tasman Championship, all in 1965.

Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish, Patrons of the Trust, are also joining the celebrations in a bid to raise awareness of plans to create a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018.

"We would like to thank Lotus F1 Team for this remarkable addition in support of The Jim Clark Weekend," said Ben Smith, Secretary of The Jim Clark Trust. "F1 is coming to Duns to honour Jim Clark, who remains revered and respected by the generation that knew him, and we hope this weekend will inspire the next generation to support plans for a new museum to celebrate his legacy."

Some of the other unique and extremely rare cars already confirmed for the event with the support of many generous owners include: two Lotus Type 25s including 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 Elan and original Porsche 356 from his early career.

Clark is widely regarded as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time, a national hero for Scotland and international icon of the 1960’s, and remains the only driver to claim both the F1 and Indy 500 titles in the same year.

His death at Hockenheim in 1968 stunned the world but his remarkable ability and reputation for sportsmanship lives on, and fundraising is being kicked off for a 1.2m redevelopment of the existing Jim Clark Museum to be delivered by a partnership between Scottish Borders Council and The Jim Clark Trust.

The Jim Clark Weekend is free to the public, with a static display of cars on Sat 16 May and the main event on Sun 17 May featuring the exciting sight and sounds of the cars parading through Jim Clark’s home town of Duns. The event runs from 11pm to 4pm on both days outside the Jim Clark Museum in Duns with historic trophies, a gallery, films, interviews and Pipe Band over the weekend.

Had he too not been taken from us, so young, we have no doubt that Ayrton Senna would have been attending... the Brazilian having been a great admirer of the legendary Scot.

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1. Posted by Hondawho?, 16/05/2015 17:11 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 16/05/2015 17:42)

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2. Posted by Editor, 16/05/2015 9:48 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 16/05/2015 17:42)

"@ Hondawho

"I have the greatest respect for Jim Clark (as a kid my hero) also Colin Chapman and all at the Lotus factory pre 82 and of course Clive Chapman and all at classic team Lotus, BUT the E22 is NOT a Lotus it's a racing car built by a dedicated race team sponsored by Lotus!

If it where a Lotus it would have devices on it to make use of the dirty air, if it were a Lotus it would be using the super cavitation to push it faster down the straight, if it were a Lotus it would be winning."

I knew when I posted the piece that there would be SOMEONE who would say this, I even suggested as much to the people behind the press release.

We KNOW that there is no Chapman/Lotus DNA in this car, which was a donkey of a car anyway. The fact is however, that one of the current teams is sending a car along to the event, and while it is not a Lotus and has no tie to Jim Clark, it will be something for the kids to point to and have their pictures taken with.

We should be glad that a team has taken time out to help such a festival. They only usually turn out for sponsors events or to promote something else."

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3. Posted by Hondawho?, 16/05/2015 9:07 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 16/05/2015 17:42)

"I have stood at the graveside of both Jim Clark and Colin Chapman recalling the day in 1965 at Brands Hatch race of champions. I as a spotty eleven year old pushed my way to the car and stood between both of them. They looked down, I looked up and said (and I kid you all NOT) Mr Chapman, if aero planes are kept up in the sky with wings, if you turned wings upside down and fitted one to a car would it keep it on the ground "? They looked at each other and Mr Chapman said " shoo" "

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4. Posted by Hondawho?, 16/05/2015 9:00

"I have the greatest respect for Jim Clark (as a kid my hero) also Colin Chapman and all at the Lotus factory pre 82 and of course Clive Chapman and all at classic team Lotus, BUT the E22 is NOT a Lotus it's a racing car built by a dedicated race team sponsored by Lotus!

If it where a Lotus it would have devices on it to make use of the dirty air, if it were a Lotus it would be using the super cavitation to push it faster down the straight, if it were a Lotus it would be winning."

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5. Posted by dod, 15/05/2015 13:39

"hi
I am very happy that this years Jim Clark on his 50th year will be a great success , I am from Duns and am looking forward to seeing all the additional cars,
George "

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