Goodwood FoS donations raise £53,000 for Clark museum redevelopment

The Jim Clark Trust's plans for a major redevelopment of the Jim Clark Rooms have received a £53,000 boost following a donation from the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood FoS donations raise £53,000 for Clark museum redevelopment

To recognise the 50th anniversary of the death of double Formula 1 world champion Clark, visitors to the 2018 Festival of Speed were invited to donate to the Trust.

The funds will support the improved Jim Clark Museum in his hometown of Duns, which is due to open in summer 2019.

The Trust was the official charity of the Festival, celebrating the memory of one of the most successful and admired racing drivers of all. Clark won the F1 title in 1963 and '65, but was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in April '68.

The new Jim Clark Museum is being built to house some of Clark's racing cars and the £1.6million project is funded by a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Borders Council and The Jim Clark Trust. Building work began in June.

Plans for the new museum also received the support of FIA President Jean Todt, who was announced as a new patron of the Trust during the Festival of Speed.

The Jim Clark Trust is committed to raising £300,000 funding towards the project.

Current plans for the facility allow space for two racing cars, and the Trust is now seeking additional funds to allow more cars to be displayed in the future. The money raised at Goodwood will play an important part in this development.

The Trust, which is reliant on public support, has aims that are focused on heritage, education and inspiration and is run by relatives of Clark.

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.

"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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