Jim Clark honoured at FIA Hall of Fame in Paris

The late Jim Clark’s World Championship Trophy from 1965 has gone on display at the FIA’s Paris Hall of Fame.

The FIA set up a Hall of Fame late in 2017, with a display at their headquarters at the Automobile Club de France in Paris, while a second Hall was later inaugurated in Geneva, Switzerland.

The first drivers honoured by the FIA initiative were the 33 World Champions of Formula 1, with Jim Clark included. The Scottish racer became Formula 1 World Champion twice, in 1963 & 1965, and was widely regarded as one of the quickest and most versatile drivers in motorsport. He died in a Formula 2 crash at the Hockenheimring in 1968.

Clarks’ 1965 World Championship Trophy went on display at the Paris Hall of Fame on Monday, in a small ceremony involving the Jim Clark Trust. At the opening of the Hall of Fame, FIA President Jean Todt said: “The FIA Hall of Fame has been created to highlight the values that run through motor sport and the champions who have been and who still are the exemplars of the FIA’s values of commitment, integrity, respect and sportsmanship. In this way we will celebrate all the FIA champions who have made, and who still make the history of motor sport so incredibly rich and inspiring.”

The Jim Clark Trust, a registered charity set up in his honour to focus on heritage and education in his native Scotland, are currently in the process of expanding the existing Jim Clark Museum in his home town of Duns. Costing 1.6 million pounds, the expansion will see new displays of Clark’s trophies, race cars, suits and other memorabilia. The Trust say the museum is intended to reflect the contrasting worlds Clark occupied: that of a quiet farmer in rural Scotland, while also being a Formula 1 racing legend.

For more information on the Jim Clark Trust and museum, visit jimclarklotus.com

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