Goodwood presents Jim Clark Trust with £53k from summer fundraising
Summer visitors to Goodwood donated a total of £53,000 to The Jim Clark Trust, honouring the 50th anniversary of Clark's tragic accident. Funds will go towards further development of the expanded Jim Clark Museum in Duns, Scotland
The Jim Clark Trust has confirmed that £53,000 was raised by donations from Goodwood Festival of Speed visitors this summer. As official charity of the Festival, proceeds will ensure plans for an expanded Jim Clark Museum continue; celebrating the memory of an admired motor racing legend.
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The Festival of Speed 2018 marked half a century since Clark’s fatal accident on the Hockenheimring in Germany, with a competition launched to raise funds for the museum’s completion. Individuals entered to win the 100,000th factory-produced Lotus – a Jim Clark special edition Lotus Evora GT410 Sport inspired by Jim’s famous 1960’s Elan and created by Lotus Exclusive.
You can still enter the competition here. Entry costs £20 and the winner will be announced during the museum's grand opening in 2019.
The new, expanded Jim Clark Museum in Duns, Scotland is being constructed to permanently house two of Clark’s legendary racing cars amid a plethora of memorabilia, costing £1.6m and funded with a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Borders Council and The Jim Clark Trust.
Building works began in June 2018 and the new museum is expected to open next summer. The Jim Clark Trust is committed to £300,000 funding towards the project, now seeking additional funds to increase the number of cars on display in the future. In recent years fundraising has included events, grants, crowdfunding, merchandise, and special edition memorabilia such as driving gloves and a commemorative whisky.
As the most ambitious campaign to date, the special Lotus Evora includes special features such as a Scottish tartan interior, classic wooden gear knob, Jim Clark signature and discreet interior plaque.
Over the course of the Festival, The Jim Clark Trust welcomed visitors to their stand with an exhibition featuring the life of Jim Clark as a racing driver and farmer in the Scottish Borders. Honaray President of the Trust – Sir Jackie Stewart – commemorated the 50thanniversary of Clark’s tragedy by driving Jim’s Lotus 25 up the Hill Climb with Doug Niven, Jim’s cousin and Family Trustee, in a Lotus Cortina. Plans for the new museum also received the support of FIA President Jean Todt announced as a new Patron of the Trust at the Festival of Speed.
Commentating on the presentation of the funds raised from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ben Smith, Secretary of the Jim Clark Trust, said: “The support of Goodwood and donations raised by the thousands of visitors to this year’s Festival of Speed visitors is tremendous and we are extremely grateful.
"A sincere thank you must go to the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the army of bucket collectors and volunteers who helped to support the fundraising over four memorable days at this year’s event. We were greatly encouraged by the genuine interest in our plans and affection for Jim Clark and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the new museum in the future.”
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