Motor sport

A treat for motorsport enthusiasts at Thirlestane this weekend

Chloe Grant was delighted to be able to test the Thirlestane sprint track ahead of this weekend’s event. Pictured: Phil Wilkinson.

The legendary racing driver, who was a racing contemporary and close friend of Borderer Jim Clark and is Honorary Chairman of the Jim Clark Trust, will attend the event and parade down the driveway of the car that brought him drove to his first Formula 1 world championship in 1969, giving visitors the chance to see it live and take a picture of the Flying Scot.

The event is in aid of Race Against Dementia, a global charity set up by Sir Jackie to raise vital funds for the search for a cure for dementia, a disease which affects 50 million people worldwide, including his beloved wife, Helen.

The castle lawn will host memorabilia from Sir Jackie’s prestigious career, including a superb display of cars he drove, including his Formula 1 cars.

The Borders Vintage Automobile Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary by bringing together more than 1,200 vintage and classic vehicles.

The event will showcase the best of Scottish culture, from local produce in the food and retail village, to arts and crafts, as well as activities for children of all ages including simulators go-karts, rides, games, a bouncy castle, bungee trampolines and more. .

The Jim Clark Trust will also have a stand at the event, which will include Clark’s personal Lotus Elan road car and a Formula Junior Lotus 20, designed and built in the early 1960s and used by the Lotus factory as a development car , as well as a bright orange Case tractor, used on the Clark family farm at Edington Mains Farm, near Duns.

Shona Sinclair of Live Borders said, “The staff of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum are delighted to have been invited to attend this important event with our partners, the Jim Clark Trust. This event is a must for racing enthusiasts and those looking for a great day out.

“We hope attendees will be inspired to come to the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum either over the weekend or by accepting our discounted ticket offer during the summer months.”

There will be exhilarating live action from the Scottish Motor Racing Club with over 50 contemporary, classic and vintage cars, including Formula 1 cars, sweeping the castle sprint track over the weekend.

Ahead of the event, 16-year-old Scottish motorsport star Chloe Grant was invited to test the track in her Graham Brunton-prepared F4 car.

She said: “”The Sir Jackie Stewart Classic is a great opportunity to showcase Scottish motorsport and get up close and personal with some of the greatest cars ever made.

“I’m really proud to join the sprint in such an amazing place, and all for such a great cause.”

Tickets start at £20 for adults and £15 for concessions, with children under 12 able to attend the event for free.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic visit: www.sirjackiestewartclassic.com/tickets