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Stewart welcomes Lottery funding for Jim Clark museum

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23/03/2016

Sir Jackie Stewart, Hon. President of The Jim Clark Trust, has welcomed the announcement from Scottish Borders Council of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a new Jim Clark Museum in Duns, the Scottish Borders. The news coincides with the start of the new Formula 1 season this weekend.

The Development funding award of 53,000 will be followed by a second stage application for 645,000 from the Council to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Council has already committed 620,000 towards a new 1.6m museum celebrating the life and inspiration of the two-time world champion, to open in 2018.

To coincide with the announcement a fund raising campaign was launched by the Trust to help raise 300,000 and a request for donations of memorabilia to the charity via their websites jimclarktrust.com and justgiving.com.

"This is wonderful news," said Stewart. "Jim Clark was a wonderful ambassador for sport and indeed for Scotland; it's only right that there is a facility created in his honour which will justify all of the success and achievements of this great Scot".

The news was welcomed by Patrons of the Trust including David Coulthard, Allan McNish, Dario Franchitti and Clive Chapman (son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman) endorsing plans for the museum with a focus on heritage, education and inspiration.

"This is really brilliant news for the current Jim Clark Room," said Dario Franchitti, "and is just reward for all the hard work from those involved with The Jim Clark Trust. The expansion and renovation of the Jim Clark Room in to an expanded new museum will allow Jim's story to be told to a wider audience and continue to give him the recognition he so deserves."

Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and a Family Trustee said: "I am delighted with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is a hugely important milestone for the project which has been under starter's orders since 2013. The award is a great encouragement for all those involved in the project who I would like to personally thank for their support and in particular Scottish Borders Council and the Duns community.

"Our attention must now turn to the challenge of fund raising and expanding the museum collection and we welcome the support of the general public and motor sport enthusiasts. The plans have received national and international interest, from US, Europe and Australia. We have a rare opportunity now to create something very special in Duns, a museum that features the cars in which he raced, attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide. Even to this day, at the start of a new Formula 1 season, Jim is remembered with great affection around the world as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time."

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1. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 23/03/2016 21:18

"Good news, whatever the more cynical might think. Just one correction: "Jim is remembered with great affection around the world as THE greatest motor racing driver of all time.""

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2. Posted by alfsboy, 23/03/2016 17:31

"Odd really .You think that that load of illuminati could have coughed all the money up themselves but no..it is a worthy cause and the people must pay one way or another and let rich men the the glory .They soon piss off back to Switzerland and Monaco ."

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