Jim Clark was a British Formula One racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965.
Born in Fife and raised in the Borders, he had an incredible career and made a huge impact on motorsport around the world.
On 31 May 1965, Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver to do the double of winning the famous American race and also the Formula One World Championship. He went on to win a second World Championship in 1965, and remains the only driver to win both in the same year.
He was killed in a Formula Two racing accident in 1968 in Hockenheim, West Germany. At the time of his death, aged 32, he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and achieved more Grand Prix pole positions (33) than any other driver. In 2009, The Times placed Clark at the top of a list of the greatest-ever Formula One drivers.
The new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns will open to the public on Thursday 11 July.
Clark inspired a generation. The aim of the new museum is to inspire the next generation and generations to come. The museum will provide an expanded and dynamic exhibition space showcasing:
- memorabilia and the trophy collection
- two of Jim Clark’s race cars
- new image galleries
- film footage
- interactive displays
- technology and education zones
In conjunction with the opening of the new museum, The Jim Clark Trust is working on the development of a tourist trail around the area, taking in locations associated with Jim Clark, such as historic racing venues and his grave at Chirnside Church.