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Allan McNish to join Sir Jackie Stewart at Jim Clark Museum opening

Formula One driver Allan McNish to Join Jackie Stewart OBE in Jim Clark Museum opening Credit: PA

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE will be joined by three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish for the official opening of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum.

Lotus cars will provide a display on the day of the opening. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The event will start at 12noon, on 29 August, with Sir Jackie privately touring the museum before unveiling a plaque outside at 1:45pm.

A publicly broadcast Q&A session with Sir Jackie and Allan McNish will take place outside the museum.

To allow for the official opening, the museum will be closed to the public until 3pm, but will remain open into the early evening.

Newtown Street in Duns will closed between the New Road/Langtongate junction and Duns Library Contact Centre for the official opening.

This will accommodate a display of supercars owned by Club Lotus members and provide an area for the public to gather to watch and listen to the Q&A session.

Jim Clark was an inspiration to a generation of Scottish motorsport stars including Allan McNish, David Coulthard and Dario Franchitti all of whom are Patrons of The Jim Clark Trust and we are extremely grateful for their support. As the current team principal of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team and a three time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Allan is an excellent addition to the Q&A session, which will also feature family, friends and sporting contemporaries of Jim.”

– Ben Smith, Secretary of The Jim Clark Trust
The new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns will be officially opened on the 29 August. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The new museum has been developed through a £1.6m partnership project, involving Scottish Borders Council, charity Live Borders and The Jim Clark Trust, with funding also coming from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland, Fallago Environment Fund and individual donations from around the world.

Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The official opening of the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum will be a fantastic occasion and the closure of a small section of the street will not only enable a display of Lotus cars but also the public to gather to hear Sir Jackie talk about his friendship with Jim Clark and their time racing together, as well as his thoughts about the new museum."

– Councillor Euan Jardine, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Sport

The official opening date is Thursday 29 August has also been announced by The Jim Clark Trust as the closing date for the Jim Clark Lotus Evora charity competition.

The 100,000th Lotus ever built, signed by all 20 current Formula One drivers at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix is available to win for £20 helping to raise funds for the Trust and new museum: