Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

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Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Tue 16.01.2018, 13:43

I’ve just received notification from the Jim Clark Trust of the annual Duns Club Lotus meeting. This year will be special as it marks the 50th anniversary of his death, and will see the breaking of ground for the new museum extension in Duns.

I’ll be there. Who else is coming?

Some information from the Trust:

A programme of events to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of double Formula One World Champion Jim Clark, who died on 7 April 1968 has been confirmed.

The weekend of 7 & 8 April 2018 will see a collaboration between The Jim Clark Trust, Club Lotus, Live Borders and Chirnside Common Good Association all coming together to welcome visitors to the Scottish Borders who would like to pay their respects, share fond memories and celebrate plans for a new Jim Clark Museum.

As part of the anniversary programme Classic Team Lotus are planning to exhibit some of Jim Clark’s famous race cars, with the addition of over 100 classic and modern sports cars from Club Lotus.
Plans have been announced to provide details to visitors and car clubs expected from across Scotland, the UK and around the world – everyone is welcome.

Saturday 7 April 2018
    The Jim Clark Museum, Duns: open all day
    Jim Clark Anniversary Exhibition, Chirnside Hall: open all day
    Classic Team Lotus race cars on display
    Club Lotus sports cars on display
    11:00 - The Jim Clark Museum, Duns, ground breaking ceremony for the new museum
    15:00 - Chirnside Church, Chirnside, Commemoration Service
    19:00 - Anniversary Dinner, Carfraemill Hotel, Lauder - Ticket Only from Club Lotus

    Sunday 8 April 2018
    The Jim Clark Museum, Duns: open all day
    Jim Clark Anniversary Exhibition, Chirnside Hall: open all day
    Classic Team Lotus race cars on display
    Club Lotus sports cars on display


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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby ab2cv » Tue 16.01.2018, 22:06

Hi John,

I’ve missed this the past couple of years so definitely want to make it along this year, especially now I have an Elan to turn up in again.

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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Rambo » Wed 17.01.2018, 22:59

ab2cv wrote:Hi John,

I’ve missed this the past couple of years so definitely want to make it along this year, especially now I have an Elan to turn up in again.

Alan


Me too but I think I might be in a sunnier place than Duns
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Scott J » Thu 18.01.2018, 20:50

Alan, bring the Esprit, dare I say Grahams ex is looking rather tired. I'll be there in Elise.
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Thu 18.01.2018, 21:32

I’ll be staying in Edinburgh for the weekend and driving down. We can arrange a meeting place nearer the time. The last time I saw you both was the last time I was at the Duns weekend in 2015. It’ll be good to see you again.

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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Toys2 » Sun 21.01.2018, 18:01

I'm hoping to make it for my LEC debut!
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Sun 21.01.2018, 18:37

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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Mon 26.03.2018, 17:31

Right... Who's going?

Less than 2 weeks to go until the Jim Clark weekend in Duns. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death, and Club Lotus have just sent out further details, as per attachment. It looks like Saturday 7th April is the main day, and the morning the main time. The key points are:

  1. "If you wish your Lotus to form part of the display on Newtown Street in Duns on April 7, make sure you arrive between 8 and 10 a.m., the earlier the better. The cars have not been preselected for this display but there will only be room for about 70 in the closed area of the Street. Latecomers will have to park up elsewhere."
  2. The main ceremony will be at 11:00 am at the Jim Clark Room museum, and will be both a remembrance of him and a commencement of the new museum extension.
  3. It sounds to me as though all the cars will have to move from the display at 12:30 - it could be fun finding another parking place in Duns.
  4. On Sunday, the centre of attention will be Chirnside (where the Clark family farmed and where Jim Clark is buried), not Duns.

I'll try to get there in time to be part of the 70-car limit display (say just after 9am on Saturday). If we're going to meet up, then send me a PM and we can swap mobile 'phone numbers. Otherwise, we'll probably bump into each other.

I'll be staying in Edinburgh on Friday and Saturday (Braid Hills), and will probably only attend on Saturday. So if anybody fancies meeting in Edinburgh for an evening's food or drink let me know.

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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Rambo » Mon 26.03.2018, 18:17

I may well go both days John but only to kick tyres. I won't go to the wreath laying stuff etc, etc...I reckon you might need to skip your greasy fry up and get there before 9am if you want to be part of the line up. Allow about an hour from Embra and, dependent on your route, watch out for the speed scameras (A68, A697 etc...) :burnout:

If you are late or get kicked off the display there should be plenty of parking at Duns (new) high school, or the old one opposite. Its about half a mile away from the JC museum. You will see it as you come in. If you are slow off the mark from your heart attack breakfast there is also a small overflowcar park opposite the museum and more parking further up the street opposite PC Plod's. But, no doubt, you will want to be in the thick of it like everyone else

I was in Duns yesterday and had a nice pub lunch at the Black Bull, down the side street near the Co Op. There is also a very nice authentic Italian pasta place in the main square but it was closed yesterday :o Good value and very clean. I reckon that all places will be stowed out on the Saturday though as there will be lots of hungry Lotus eaters and, of course, Joe Public will be there en masse
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Mon 26.03.2018, 19:45

Mark,
Good to know you’ve been on a scouting trip, although as you say every caff & restaurant will be mobbed. We’ll try to get there as early as poss on Saturday, but at the price of hotel rooms in Embra I’m definitely having my money’s worth of the breakfast.
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Rambo » Mon 26.03.2018, 20:34

Can do you and Maggie a very cheap room (eg free ;-) ) in Innerleithen on the Fri. night if you can cancel your room at the Braids hotel ?? We could do a Clan McElan convoy like last time on the Sat. morning then you could head back from Duns to see your son then head to your luxury dosser in Auld Reekie ;-)

PS Nae greasy spoon breakfast at Shateau Rambo though but great porridge and a healthy continental breakfast
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Mon 26.03.2018, 20:59

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Sounds good to me. I’ll confirm by PM once I’ve checked with the boss.
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Scott J » Mon 26.03.2018, 22:35

I'll be down on the Saturday .
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Scott J » Wed 28.03.2018, 23:49

Parking restricted to first 70 cars , first come first in, I plan to be there 9 am .
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Thu 29.03.2018, 12:42

Scott,
Great! Rambo and I should be arriving about quarter of an hour before you. I presume you’ll be in the Elise, which I’ve not seen yet? What colour/type should I look for?
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Toys2 » Thu 29.03.2018, 22:10

I'm still planning to be there with my Elan, My brother and I will be coming up from Penrith, according to Google, it's about 2 hours 15 mins, so it's looking like an early start for me :x
It's going to be a busy few days for me. I'm returning from a short holiday on the Thursday before, flying in to Stanstead, then on the Friday, I'll be driving from Northampton to Penrith via relatives in Hull, then prepping the Elan when I get home!

We're stopping the Saturday night in a B&B about 10 miles from Duns
I was hoping to make the club meal on Saturday night, but all of the places have gone
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Scott J » Fri 30.03.2018, 00:46

John_W wrote:Scott,
Great! Rambo and I should be arriving about quarter of an hour before you. I presume you’ll be in the Elise, which I’ve not seen yet? What colour/type should I look for?
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I was told Atlantic Blue, but now I'm not so sure. Marks car became Rambo and my punk mates call my car BuzzCock due to number .
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Jamie N » Fri 30.03.2018, 08:33

Scott J wrote:
I was told Atlantic Blue, but now I'm not so sure. Marks car became Rambo and my punk mates call my car BuzzCock due to number .


Pretty sure BuzzCock is Atlantic blue Scott, I got a custom paint shop to make up a touch up for it in Atlantic
and the match looked spot on to me and the guys at the shop, unless there are 2 different blues that are very very close?.

Funny that... my Heavy Rock mates and Neighbours call my car "noisy bastard" due to the speaker emanations :-D .
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby Scott J » Fri 30.03.2018, 17:00

Lotus being Lotus there are 2-3 blues the are very close. They probably just bought the cheapest batches from paint supplier.

So John, its a 53 plate Atlantic blue Elise S2 Sports Tourer still on original silver 6 spoke Rimstocks.
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Re: Jim Clark 50th Anniversary, 7-8 April 2018

Postby John_W » Fri 30.03.2018, 18:35

Just looked up a picture - nice blue; slightly more purplish than Pacific blue - nearer to Azure. I should be able to find you.
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Mine’s the same Pacific Blue BFG I’ve had for the last 17 years and Mark will be in whatever colour goes with his outfit of the day.
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