The new Jim Clark Museum

by Ben Smith in Duns, Scotland, United Kingdom

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On 21st April 2017 we successfully raised £101,316 with 740 supporters in 56 days

Please help raise the final £300,000 for a new Jim Clark Museum celebrating the life of a motorsport legend to inspire future generations.

by Ben Smith in Duns, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Kevin Bittlestone 21st April 2017

Jim Clark was a childhood hero to me. He inspired my life long passion for motor sport in all its forms. As I've got older that respect has only grown with more research into the man and his achievements. It makes me proud, and humble, to make this contribution to a museum that enables the growth of the excellent Jim Clark room into a fitting tribute to Britain's greatest driver.

Keith Dewey 21st April 2017

As a boy growing up in the U.S., I had 4 heros. Astronaut John Glenn, baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax, football quarterback Bart Starr and, most of all Jim Clark. They all had the same things in common in that they were all the very best at what they did, but at the same time they were all humble and quiet gentlemen. Sure, I loved when they won, but more than that I loved how they won. I wanted to grow up just like these men. They were all nearly faultless role models for a young boy. Jim had the highest level of excellence and dominance of all drivers through history. He either won or his car broke. There are very few exceptions to that once the Lotus cars became competitive in 1962 and beyond. But he was more than a good driver. He was a kind man almost without an ego who loved to learn to be better and was always willing to share and communicate with other drivers. A true sportsman and a fierce, but fair, racer. Jim won the Indy 500 on my 11th birthday. My mom stopped dinner so I could hear the final 10 laps on the radio. Jim had finally won the race on his 3rd try. It was my favorite birthday of all time. My mom came into my bedroom and told me that she thought she heard on the radio that Jim had been killed on that Sunday morning on April 7th, 1968. I burst into tears. She felt bad because she had no idea what Jim Clark meant to me. I heard it on the radio myself a bit later. It was one of the worse aches my heart has ever felt. 49 years later, it is still there... It was such an injustice that such a fine man could be taken from us. I now own an award-winning Lotus Elise. At car shows, a model of Jim's Lotus 49 sits on my dashboard. I just hope I have become half the men my boyhood heros were... especially the great Jim Clark.

Ian Smith 13th April 2017

Jim Clark was my boyhood hero and has remained my hero ever since. I was at Silverstone in 1967 as a 7 year old to watch him win the British Grand Prix and I can remember vividly the day he died, - where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. In 2014 I visited the Museum in Duns and then Jimmy's grave. This is a wonderful campaign and I really hope it is successful.

Peter Wolters 7th April 2017

felt an urgent need to join the crowd! The day of his fatal Hockenheim accident is still in my brain. hope I will have the opportunity to visit this museum

Warren Bruce 7th April 2017

Warren Bruce On this sad day April 7th I have made a donation to the new Jim Clark museum in honour of him. I saw him race many times in the Tasman Series. I agree with Dario Franchitti when he says Jim Clark was the very best.

Russ Taylor 7th April 2017

Russ Taylor Today 7/4/17 is a sad day every year and I trust my donation today will join all the many others worldwide in updating and expanding the facility in Duns for the benefit of his local community and to continue to provide a destination for all to pay their respects and reminisce to a truly great driver. I only ever saw him at Goodwood in the early sixties where he invariably zoomed off into the distance leaving me and others in awe. I could warble on for hours but suffice it to say that seeing No 82 at Goodwood recently I could not stop myself from touching the lovely nose of that car and speaking to the two Wood brothers (Leonard and Delano) who had come over for the event.

Neil Trundle 7th April 2017

I am honoured and delighted to be able to help fund this fantastic project. I started to follow Jimmy in the mid 60,s and finally began my professional race mechanic career at Alan Manns in March 1968. Imagine my excitement to learn that my hero was going to drive our beautiful F3L sports car in the BOAC 500. This was my first race meeting as a professional race mechanic, but then I found out that he was at Hockenhiem instead. I was taking a break in the truck cab, and for some reason turned on the radio. Jimmy had died , and I never met him. His memory carries on in the museum which my wife and I visited Oct 2015, and I look forward to visiting the new facility when completed. Dig deep fellow fans.

François PEIGNE 15th March 2017

Je n'ai malheureusement jamais vu Jim CLARK en course mais il a toujours était mon idole. Le jour de sa mort j'étais aux Essais du mois d'avril 1968 des 24 Heures du mans. J'étais à la passerelle Dunlop et l'annonce de son accident m'a bouleversé et le reste n'avait plus d'importance. Je suivais sa carrière par magazines interposés comme Sport Auto et les récits de Gérard Crombac. Je suis donc devenu fan des Lotus et depuis 2007 roule en Elan+2 avec laquelle je souhaite venir à l'inauguration du nouveau musée que j'ai eu la joie et l’émotion de visiter en 2014 et où j'ai donné rendez-vous avec le gardien. François

Han Klems 12th March 2017

I am a Dutchfan , who saw him win his first race with his Lotus-Cosworth in 1967 on the Zandvoort racetrack in the Netherlands, so that started my support & enthousiasm for the Formula 1 for the rest of my life, so therefor I am happy to donate for this great initative! :-) !

Han Klems 12th March 2017

I am a Dutchfan , who saw him win his first race with his Lotus-Cosworth in 1967 on the Zandvoort racetrack in the Netherlands, so that started my support & enthousiasm for the Formula 1 for the rest of my life, so therefor I am happy to donate for this great initative! :-) !

James M. Hemsley 12th March 2017

Like many of you, Jimmy Clark was and still is one of my racing heroes. I saw him win at my first Grand Prix - '66 Watkins Glen with a BRM H16 engine in the Lotus! I saw him race in Belgium and Germany in '67. And, sadly, I saw him race at Hockenheim in '68. I've been a freelance writer since 1980, and I had the honor of writing a retrospective on him for Racer magazine in 1993, the 25th anniversary of his death. I support this project and can only hope that I am able to get my disintegrating body to the UK to see the result. This is a correction to make my last post readable. Mike Hemsley

James M. Hemsley 12th March 2017

Like many of you, Jimmy Clark was and win at my first Grand Prix - '66 Watkins Glen with a BRM H16 engine in the Lotus! I saw him race in Belgium and Germany in '67. And, sadly, I saw him race at Hockenheim in '68. I've been a freelance writer since 1980, and I had the honor of writing a retrospective on him for Racer magazine in 1993, the 25th anniversary of his death. I support this project and can only hope that I am able to get my disintegrating body to the UK to see the result. MIke Hemsley

Christopher Morton 10th March 2017

AS with Mark Short, Jimmy was a childhood idol. I saw him race at Indy in '64, and still have an autographed B&W framed/mounted photo of JC in Winner's Circle with Colin Chapman, Leo Beebe, and the like. I also have some color newspaper clippings (from the Sunday Parade magazine insert) in a scrapbook. These accompany two 1/18th scale diecast models, one of his '65 Indy car, the other his F1 car (as it appeared in South Africa). As for the Crowdfunder site, you make no distinction between medium and large T-shirt sizing. They are obviously not the same thing. Please make mine a large.

Mark Short 4th March 2017

Jimmy was my childhood idol. I am almost 60 now and still miss him very much. I hope to get over to Scotland from the states sometime soon and make a more significant contribution. Thanks to all of you for keeping the memory of this very special man alive! Mark Short

Alexander Smith 4th March 2017

I'm especially delighted to be able to make a small contribution to this project on the occasion of Jim's birthday. I'll also be sharing details of the project, and encouraging donations on my facebook business page - www.facebook.com/forthsevens

Anne Rodriguez Fugate 26th February 2017

Today is Daytona Day in US. NASCAR also claims a small piece of Jim Clark racing heritage from his October 1967 run in American 500 race at Rockingham for great Holman/Moody team. As I said in another donation post last Spring, Jim Clark and Team Lotus changed Indy Car racing forever! He is the greatest driver to ever roll on this earth and always remembered in U S as Indy and NASCAR DRIVER.

Gail  25th February 2017

All the very best with this project. I never had the privilege of watching him race. His reputation precedes him. One of the iconic drivers that will never be forgotten.

Ian Masters 25th February 2017

A very worthwhile project. I had the pleasure of seeing him race in period many times but I think my abiding memories are seeing him race Lotus Cortinas with a big grin on his face. I still remember the day he died as I was at Brands Hatch marshalling at the BOAC sports car race which was being televised. A BBC person came over to our marshals post at Hawthorns Bend and told us and we were all stunned at the news.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A genuine Jim Clark Trust enamel pin badge plus limited edition JCT vinyl car/window sticker. Both items exclusive to backers of the crowdfunding campaign.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Limited edition Jim Clark Trust t-shirt featuring Jimmy's signature, plus a genuine JCT enamel pin badge. Both items exclusive to backers of the crowdfunding campaign.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A limited edition 10x8" print of Jim Clark in action from the famous Sutton Images archive, plus an official Jim Clark signature t-shirt and enamel pin badge.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A limited edition 10x8" print of Jim Clark in action from the famous Sutton Images archive, autographed by one of the Jim Clark Trust's Patrons. In addition you will also receive an official Jim Clark signature t-shirt and JCT enamel pin badge. Limited edition Jim Clark print signed by one of our Patrons, plus an enamel Jim Clark Trust pin badge

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Authentic replica Jim Clark driving gloves, embroidered with his personal JC design, an exclusive limited edition item commissioned especially for the Trust crowdfunding campaign by the famous Bridge of Weir Leather Company, with all proceeds going to charity. These beautiful gloves will come in a presentation box autographed by one of our Patrons. You will also receive an enamel Jim Clark Trust pin badge.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Your name and/or a personal message displayed on plaque in the new museum, plus a 10x8" print of Jim Clark in action from the famous Sutton Images archives which will be signed by one of our Patrons, plus a Jim Clark Trust enamel pin badge.

£10,000 or more

5 of 20 claimed

£10,000 Reward

Your name and personal message displayed on a plaque in the new museum, a print of Jim Clark in action from the famous Sutton Images archives which will be signed by one of our Patrons, a Jim Clark Trust enamel pin badge, plus an invite to an exclusive celebration dinner with our Patrons at a famous motorsport venue. This offer is strictly limited to 20 people only.

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