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Duns gears up for Jim Clark weekend

Allan McNish at the Jim Clark Museum. Credit: Jim Clark Trust

A display of classic cars will be on show in Duns this weekend, along with one of Scotland's most successful racing drivers, for the Jim Clark Weekend.

The free public event is being held in the hometown of Formula One legend Jim Clark.

There will be a static display of cars that he raced in on Saturday, and a parade of racing cars through the town on Sunday. There will also be a tractor parade, to celebrate Jim's local farming roots.

The weekend is to celebrate 50 years since Jim Clark's famous 1965 season, when he won his second Formula One World Championship, the Formula Two World Championship, Indianapolis 500, and the Tasman Championship.

One of Scotland's top current racers will also be there - Allan McNish - who has three Le Mans 24 Hour Race titles to his name, and is himself a former Formula One driver:

I am very much looking forward to visiting Duns for the Jim Clark Weekend on what is going to be a fantastic celebration of Jim's success.

It will be really cool to see an extremely rare Lotus 38 similar to the Indy 500 winning car and classic Lotus F1 cars in which he claimed his World titles, cars that in his hands brought so much success and also pride to our country."

– Allan McNish

The event is being organised by Club Lotus, and the Jim Clark Trust.

Earlier this year the Trust announced plans for a new £1.2 million redevelopment of the existing Jim Clark Museum in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.



First Windermere Races set for this weekend

Credit: Lakeland Rowing Club

Lakeland Rowing Club is holding its first Windermere Races at Fell Foot Park this weekend.

Around 25 new rowers from the club's Learn to Row courses will compete in 400m sprint races from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 17 May.

The event marks the end of the club's first run of formal coaching courses, as well as the launch of the club's new South Lakes site at Fell Foot Park.

Those involved say the courses have been a success.

I've been overwhelmed by how many people want to row in South Cumbria.

"We've taught 40 people to row within 2 months of our Windermere site being open and there are many more on the waiting list.

"That's a huge achievement for a club of 25 members!"

– Fiona Marley Paterson, Learn to Row Coach

Queens defender Andy Dowie signs new contract

Andy Dowie Credit: Queen of the South FC

Queen of the South have announced that defender Andy Dowie has signer a new contract, keeping him at Palmerston Park for another year.

"Andy has been outstanding this season and to have secured him for another year is fantastic news.

"We see him as a key part of the squad and having already re-signed Chris Higgins, Derek Lyle and Iain Russell for another campaign is really positive.

"We also already have Ian McShane under contract, so things are starting to take shape for next season".

– James Fowler, Manager, Queen of the South
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