New Scottish Borders tour to celebrate Jim Clark

Jim Clark Trail Map

The Jim Clark Trail’s route

A 50-mile trip down memory lane has been unveiled as the latest Jim Clark Motorsport Museum visitors’ attraction, taking in many significant Scottish Borders locations from Clark’s life.

The tour starts and finishes in the town of Duns at the museum, which was opened last year in its newly-extended form.

Jimmy Clark, Lotus 25, 1965.

Clark pictured winning the 1965 British Grand Prix, one of his 25 GP victories

The tour then takes in nearby Chirnside and Clark’s grave and memorial clock and then heads to Berwick-upon-Tweed in homage to the Berwick & District Motor Club with which Clark began his motor sport career.

Clark, famous for his association with Lotus, would then go on to win two Formula 1 world championships, as well as take an Indianapolis 500 victory in 1965, before his death in a Formula 2 accident at Hockenheim in 1968 at the age of 32.

“The tour passes through Clark’s local roads where he learnt to drive”

The route also heads to Winfield and the Charterhall Airfield, locations of two circuits where Clark honed his racing skills in the late 1950s. The tour also passes through Clark’s local roads where he learnt to drive near his home Edington Mains farm, as well as scenic countryside and other notable historic locations from his life.

“The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum is fast becoming a magnet for classic and sports car enthusiasts,” said Ben Smith, chair of The Jim Clark Trust. “The Jim Clark Trail is an exciting new adventure for all visitors, a stunning driving tour celebrating the rich heritage and culture of the Borders.”

Clark Ford Indy500

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The museum re-opened last year after a £1.6m redevelopment following a five-year fundraising campaign. The museum also has an array of his race cars, film footage, interactive displays, and simulator.

The museum re-opened this month and will remain open until the “end of October”, according to a statement from the Jim Clark Trust, of which the three-time F1

World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart is an honorary president.