The team at the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns are preparing to welcome their 10,000th visitor through the door, since opening to the public on 11 July this year.
The museum celebrates the life and inspiring racing career of Jim Clark with an interactive experience. As Scotland’s first, and double, Formula One World Champion, as well as Indy 500 winner, Jim Clark is one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
The response we have had to the museum has been outstanding. Jim Clark fans and novices alike have enjoyed our interactive experience, with our visitor feedback highlighting the trophy room, cars and videos as their favourite parts of the experience."
Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and trustee of The Jim Clark Trust, added: “It has taken many years of work to open the new museum and to get this response from the public is fantastic. The museum brings together Jim’s life both in and out of racing cars: as a humble person, Jim would have been amazed to see so many people, from all over the world, visiting a museum all about him.
“In addition to the new museum, the Trust has been working on a variety of other complementary projects, including a Jim Clark Tourist Trail and a range of future events. Together with the museum these will bring more visitors to Duns, and the wider Scottish Borders, and will ensure that Jim’s legacy lives on and continues to inspire future generations.”
Formula One legend, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, officially opened the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum on 29 August. 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.
Funding for the £1.6million partnership project has come from Scottish Borders Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland and The Jim Clark Trust, the latter including a grant from the Fallago Environment Fund and individual donations from around the world.