The iconic sports car will be on display at the Duns Museum for the 2023 season.
The Jaguar D-Type, with its distinctive shape, was also the car that launched Jim Clark from amateur racer into the motorsports mainstream.
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Showing his talent by winning the BDMC Cup in 1957, Jim convinced Jock McBain, a local garage owner that he should reform the Border Reivers Racing Team with Jim Clark as its lead driver. The now displayed Jaguar D-Type TKF9 was purchased for the team and the 1958 racing season.
Clark has raced 20 times for Jaguar, winning 12 races. In the car, Clark became the first British racing driver to pass 100 mph at the British Sports Car Race at Falls Sutton, Yorkshire in April 1958. A month later in May he competed internationally for the first time at the Spa Grand Prix (for sports cars over 1500 cc) .
The vehicle’s arrival on Wednesday was greeted by Jim Clark Motorsport Museum employees, volunteers, and members of the Jim Clark Trust.
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Among the locals who greeted the D-Type was local resident Ian Deans, who was a teenager when he worked on the car as a mechanic in the Jim Clark era.
Jim Clark Motorsport Museum Learning and Engagement Officer Kenneth McClain is confident the new car will bring renewed interest.
“This is the first car we’ve shown and it’s not a Lotus, so it’s great to remind people of the Jim Clark story before Formula 1,” he said.
“This is an iconic race car that will appeal to motorsports fans from all over the world and is a great retreat for people who have already visited the museum.”
The car is owned by a partnership, Fica Frio Ltd. Simon Harper, a partner at Fica Firo, said:
“We’re really excited to be loaning the D-Type to the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum. We got the car here in 2019 and saw how much the people at Duns loved it, so it’s only fitting that it’s on display at the museum.”
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The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum is operated by the local Charity Live Borders. The museum is open six days a week (closed on Wednesdays). For opening times or more information visit www.jcmm.org.uk
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