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This pinched off the Club Lotus site - wondered if any on here are planning to head north for the event? As many will know, this year is the 50th anniversary of Jim’s fatal accident at a cold and damp Hockenheim during a Formula 2 race on April 7th 1968. His Lotus 48 left the circuit at high speed and went off into the unprotected trees that lined the circuit. The cause of the accident was never conclusively established although the view of the majority is that it was caused by a deflating rear tyre. One thing for certain is on that part of the track - a gentle right hand curve - a driver error by someone of Jim’s ability was absolutely out of the question. In association with the Jim Clark Trust and the Chirnside Community we’re organising a series of events in Duns and Chirnside over the weekend of 7th-8th April. Over the past few years our annual Jim Clark Weekend has celebrated many of his remarkable achievements. Although this year sadly marks a tragic occasion, we all want it to be an upbeat weekend to remember and reflect on how special Jimmy was - a modest Borders farmer who was not only a gentleman but who also possessed a sublime ability as a racing driver.The weekend starts on Friday evening when we meet at the Jim Clark Clock tower in Chirnside at 19.00 for our traditional evening drive to Eyemouth for the freshest fish and chips. No booking is needed but we will be leaving at 19.15 sharp so please don’t be late.On Saturday we have the following events:11.00 - A ground-breaking ceremony at the Jim Clark Room in Duns to celebrate the start of the build programme for the new extension to the Room. Several racing and road cars driven by Jim and provided by Classic Team Lotus and others will be on display outside the Jim Clark Room together with many Lotus cars from Club Lotus members parked along Newtown Street.There will also be a piper and the Jim Clark Room will be open all weekend.15.00 - Service of Remembrance and wreath laying at Chirnside Parish Church.19.30 for 20.00 - Commemorative Remembrance Dinner at Carfraemill Hotel (www.carfraemill.co.uk) which was a regular watering hole of Jim, Innes Ireland and many other Scottish racing drivers. The menu has been carefully chosen to reflect the Borders and is all locally sourced: Starter: Ettrick Valley Smoked Scottish Salmon with lemon & mixed salad leavesMain:Roast Rib of Border Beef with Yorkshire pudding, skirlie tomatoes and chef’s selection of potatoes and fresh vegetablesPudding:Border Berries PavlovaTea, coffee & mintsA delicious vegetarian main course option will be available which is Oriental style vegetable filo cases with a mild spicy cream sauce. The cost is £36 per head including service and we will need full payment with your booking. We’re expecting many Lotus personalities to attend but we only have room for 130 guests. If you’d like to be there please book now to avoid any disappointment.To reserve your place please call Club HQ or email email@example.comOn Sunday we meet at Chirnside from around 10.00 where the local community have organised an exhibition display of Jim's trophies and memorabilia in the village hall titled ‘Jim Clark - Chirnside’s World Champion’. Jim always considered Chirnside to be his home and expect to see many personal items not usually on public display. The exhibition will be in the Chirnside Community Centre, Main Street, East End, Chirnside, TD11 3XR (opposite the Jim Clark Clock tower) and is open from 10.00 to 16.00 on Friday April 6th to Sunday April 8th inclusive. Admission is free but donations are welcome on the door and UK taxpayers can also claim Gift Aid. Members and supporters can also donate to the exhibition via the ‘Just Giving’ button on the event website www.chirnsidecommongood.org. We might also take a drive out locally or perhaps arrange a convoy of Lotus road cars around the town. A long way I know, but I only need a little persuading... Hartley
Jim Clark was arguably the greatest F1 driver of his era and the best Lotus F1 driver except for maybe Senna. Where was Clark killed? Hockenheim and when was he killed, April 1968. I have counted on my fingers (I have many) and make next year the 50th anniversary. Hockenheim historic racing event has been held for many years largely due to the high esteem Clark was regarded around the world. Next year's historic will be very special being the 50th and we can expect many hundred's of Loti and thousands of fans. You could be one, very simply! www.hockenheim-historic.de has all the information including entry tickets (45 euro for a weekend pass) and nearby hotels. May I suggest if you are tempted book soon as there is likely to be great demand. As an aside, I will be racing at the event, so I will be there racing in Lotus Cup Europe. If you need any more info please feel free to contact me and I will try and help. When there, if you have problems get in touch and look out for me in the Cup Europe paddock. In fact all the paddock's are open to the Lotus public for touchy feely I will be at the Classic Car show at the NEC Friday and Saturday and also the LDC Christmas party if you want a chat.