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Duns Run To Jim Clark Room
Sat 5th Jul 2008
organised by Central Scotland

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**********SATURDAY EVENT**********

Run Organisers David & Heather and Joe & Suzy.

Meeting Point:-

Somerfield Stores.
St. Vincent Place,
ML11 7LA.

Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Clark - arguably the most naturally talented racing driver the world has ever seen - and get into the mood for the 2008 British Grand Prix on 6th July with a full-day Jim Clark run.

Departing from Lanark, our route will take us over a good mix of fast A-roads and challenging B-roads as it winds its way through Peebles and over the Lammermuir Hills towards a hot buffet lunch at the Duns Golf Club.

After lunch, we will continue into Duns to visit the Jim Clark Room, a small museum devoted to the quiet and modest borders farmer who just happened to win the Formula 1 world championship twice in 1963 and 1965, taking 25 victories from 72 grand prix starts as well as competing in sports and saloon car races, coming 3rd at Le Mans and, in 1965, becoming the first non-American winner of the Indianapolis 500 for 50 years before tragically being killed in a minor F2 race at Hockenheim on April 7th, 1968, aged just 32.

Following the visit to the Jim Clark Room, we will make our way to Chirnside, close to Jim Clark’s farm at Edington Mains. We will see the memorial clock in the centre of the village and then visit the grave of the double world champion.

We will then head to Charterhall, the WWII airfield race circuit where the young Jim Clark watched the 1950 F1 world champion Giuseppe Farina setting the lap record in 1952 driving a Thinwall and where he would later race in cars ranging from the Border Reivers D-Type Jaguar to featherweight Lotus Elites. We will have a unique opportunity to take the cars onto the mile straight, line them up on the original grid markings and actually drive a (very slow) lap of the circuit.

We will end the day with a drive back to Lanark via Peebles and Biggar.

Lunch will be £13.50 per head
Admission to the Jim Clark Room is £1.35 per head (we should be getting a group discount on this)
The operators of Charterhall have asked if we would be willing to make a £50 donation to the Charities Aid Foundation in return for access to the circuit. It is anticipated that this will be funded by the proceeds from the raffle, but you may be asked for a small donation on the day…

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5th Jul 2008 21:19 :: David & Heather
Thanks to all who took part in today's marathon.  The weather turned on us, but at least we had a roof down run to Duns.  I think we now collectively hold the record for the slowest ever lap of Charterhall, led (appropriately!) by our own Jim Clark(e).

5th Jul 2008 21:21 :: Gavin & Robin
Terrific day,superbly organised. Always fun,at times hilarious, and a great experience for Gavin.He says "an unbelievable bunch of folk".Huge TY to Heather, Suzy, David & Joe.

5th Jul 2008 21:29 :: Joe&Suzy
Excellent run today guys..thanks to all for supporting our first run!!..;)
We had a dry, then wet, if not soaking afternoon of good driving, food and laughs. I do hope that other mazda driver coming in the opposite direction wasn't left in too much shock!!..:p

5th Jul 2008 21:31 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Many thanks to Heather, Suzy, David, and Joe for such a well organised and fun day out, even the weather couldn't dampen our enthusiasm. We both had a great time, see you all again soon.

Jacqueline and Ian

6th Jul 2008 01:01 :: jim clarke
thanks david & heathe joe & suzy for such a great run i had a great time exep for that wall i dont know how im still here one moment im hitting wall next im up in air and back on road smiles thank you for looking after me smiles great friends great day hope for meny more

6th Jul 2008 05:28 :: Tom & Barbara
Thanks Guys, for a very well organised brilliant day out.

6th Jul 2008 09:33 :: David & Heather
Particular thanks to Colin and his encyclopedic knowledge of Scotland's back roads for his help with the best bits of the route to Duns and to Rob & Douglas for riding shotgun for the two groups and helping with the raffle.
Jim - I heard you'd had a slide, but I didn't realise it had been so dramatic - glad you're OK!

6th Jul 2008 09:47 :: Jasper
Thanks again to the organisers, this took lots of organisation (5 preruns!?!?) but the result was there! Real pity the weather ruined part of the program, this run deserved better but still a good day was had by all :)

Generally speaking i think having a theme really adds to the run!

6th Jul 2008 13:01 :: Norann
Just want to add our thanks to David, Heather, Suzy & Joe for a brilliant day.  Enjoyed seeing everyone again and had a great chat with Lorna and Ron at lunch.  Hope to see everyone again soon!

Ann & Ron

6th Jul 2008 13:04 :: Rob and Margaret
Having seen all the hard work and preperation that went into this run we always knew it would be a good one. Many thanks to Heather, David, Suzy and Joe for a fantastic day out. Excellent choice of roads and lunch venue.The themed run sheets and info  were a great tribute to Jim Clark.

6th Jul 2008 13:37 :: Douglas & Linda
Well done David & Heather and Joe & Suzy, you couln't have done anything about the weather but your fantastic preparation and attention to detail cetainly shone through.
Brilliant buffet Lunch. Nice to meet Gavin and see Ron & Lorna again.
Jim...there was only supposed to be one off road event in the Duns area yesterday, lol 

7th Jul 2008 22:32 :: Colin
Good Stuff !
Great day out, well organised - looking forward to next time.
Thanks to all involved for setting it up.

8th Jul 2008 18:28 :: john & Heather
Good day - thanks to all the organisers - pity it rained so much

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