On Thursday 29th August 2019 the newly refurbished and updated Jim Clark Museum was officially opened by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE.
We (Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace) were among the limited number of very privileged guests invited to preview the museum with Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and we were very fortunate to be personally introduced to this racing legend by Tom Purves, former CEO of Rolls Royce.
Sir Jackie Stewart OBE was guided around the museum by Jim Clark’s cousin, Doug Niven, who is also a former racing driver
Another of the VIP guests was ‘3 times Le Mans Winner’ Alan McNish, seen here in both pictures below, to the left of Doug Niven and Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
The road in front of the museum was closed to traffic so that invited guests could park there, or display interesting cars.
As this was not a Jaguar event, we took our Bitter SC Coupe for a change.
Pictured after the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the opening of the newly refurbished Jim Clark Museum in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland are (from left to right) trustees Ben Smith and Ian Calder, alongside Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Doug Niven, also a trustee.
After his tour Sir Jackie Stewart OBE was interviewed outside the museum. Here he is seen with Scottish Rally Driver, the late Andrew Cowen, sadly wheelchair bound at the time, to his left, and to his right, the gentleman with the grey suit, cap, spectacles and walking stick is Ian Scott-Watson, formerly of the Border Reivers Race Team.
With Bo’ness Revival to follow in two days time, celebrations continued with the Jim Clark Museum being the lunchtime destination for the Bo’ness Rally and some of the cars that were displayed outside the museum for the opening, then appeared on the Bo’ness showfield, such as the original Border Reivers D-type TKF9 that was driven by Jim Clark during his racing career and was brought to Scotland for the opening of the museum and Bo’ness Revival.
I was very fortunate to be taking part in the Bo’ness Rally and was therefore able to return to the museum, this time as co-driver in Ron Siddle’s Jaguar C-type re-creation.
Full details relating to the museum can be found by visiting Jim Clark Trust
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