Jim Clark’s death commemorated in hometown events

A church service run to the same format as Clark's original funeral plus a line-up of his grand prix and touring cars commemorated 50 years since his passing

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A gathering of ex-Jim Clark Lotus Formula 1 and touring cars plus a service run to the same programme as Clark’s original funeral commemorated the 50th anniversary of his death.

The series of events took place in the Scottish Borders, 50 years to the day since the legendary double F1 champion and Indianapolis 500 winner died in a Formula 2 crash at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968.

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Three of Clark’s Team Lotus cars were on display – the 25, 32B and the BRM H16-engined Lotus 43 that won the 1966 United States Grand Prix – as well as a Lotus Cortina touring car and Clark’s Elan road car. These were in addition to over 100 Lotus sportscars on display lining Duns’ Newtown Street.

In nearby Chirnside there was a special Jim Clark exhibition open to the public where fans were invited to showcase their Clark memorabilia – it included photos, programmes, newspaper cuttings and a variety of other mementoes from his career.

‘It’s been a great day for the fans of Jim Clark and the Borders, who always are tremendously supportive of what Jim did and the legacy he left behind,' said Clark’s cousin Doug Niven.

On Saturday afternoon there also was a commemoration service at Chirnside Parish Church which had the same order of service as Clark’s funeral at the same church 50 years before, and ended with wreaths being laid at Clark’s grave.

His friends, family and fans from around the world gathered for the weekend of events arranged by The Jim Clark Trust in Duns and Chirnside near Edington Mains Farm where Clark grew up and lived.

Others in attendance at the events included Clive Chapman, son of the Lotus founder Colin, long-serving Lotus mechanic Bob Dance and Clark’s childhood friend Ian Scott-Watson.

Images courtesy of Lloyd Smith Photography

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