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Formula One champion secures 5-Star status

 
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Formula One champion secures 5-Star status
by SMMC Admin - Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 12:30 PM
 

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders, is hosting a new exhibition, Clark on Canvas. This evocative exhibition of artworks depicts 1960s motor racing, when Jim Clark was the dominant driver. Visitors will be able to purchase paintings from the exhibition, which runs to 30 November 2020.

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders, is hosting a new exhibition, Clark on Canvas. This evocative exhibition of artworks depicts 1960s motor racing, when Jim Clark was the dominant driver. The artwork has been loaned to the museum by the Guild of Motoring Artists, an international group dedicated to automotive art. Visitors will be able to purchase paintings from the exhibition, which runs to 30 November 2020.

Douglas Bell, from The Jim Clark Trust, said: "The design and display of memorabilia, trophies, film, imagery and race cars are a wonderful tribute to Jim Clark. The staff are warm, welcoming and insightful. Jim was a farmer at heart and now recognised as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time. We look forward to welcoming visitors to learn more about his remarkable story to inspire future generations."

Coinciding with the opening of the museum for the spring and summer tourism season, a new Jim Clark Trail has been announced to enhance the experience of visitors. The Jim Clark Trail is a 50-mile scenic driving tour celebrating the beauty of the Scottish Borders, the heritage of motorsport and wider culture attractions in the area. The museum has fast become a magnet for classic and sports car enthusiasts. The new trail is a driving adventure for all visitors to discover the stories and places behind the famous Berwickshire farmer whilst promoting tourism 'pit stops' in the region.

The museum opened to the public on 11 July 2019 following a £1.6million partnership project – the museum welcomed 13,000 visitors in its first six months as well as securing its first award, notably from the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. It has recently been assessed by VisitScotland Quality Tourism Advisors and was awarded the prestigious 5-Star Museum grading – the first museum in the Scottish Borders to receive this accolade and one of only nine 5-Star visitor attractions in the region.

Operated by Live Borders, the museum includes two of Jim Clark's race cars, image galleries, film footage, interactive displays and a simulator. There is also expanded exhibition space showcasing memorabilia and the trophy collection. Adult admission to the museum costs just £5, with visitors able to return as often as they like for free for the following 12 months. There is a small additional cost for the simulator.

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum is open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday) 10am to 4.30pm, and Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm.

Follow the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum on social media #JimClarkMotorsportMuseum @JimClarkTrust

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