FANS SET TO PAY TRIBUTE TO F1 LEGEND CLARK
08:50 - 17 June 2006
One of Scotland's greatest racers will be remembered this weekend at the venue where he took part in his first circuit race.
Formula One racer Jim Clark, who died in a crash at Hockenheim in 1968 at the age of 32, raced for the first time in 1956 at an Aberdeen and District Motor Club meeting on the old Crimond airfield near Peterhead.
Crimond is where twice world champion Clark was persuaded to take part in his first circuit race at the urging of his friend, Ian Scott Watson, who provided his DKW saloon car for the purpose, 50 years ago to the day yesterday, on June 16, 1956.
The original Crimond layout has not been used as a race circuit for many years, but stock car events still take place on a nearby oval and this provides the venue for the tribute weekend.
Promoter Scott Keith said: "When a debate on the greatest racing drivers is begun anywhere around the world, you can rest assured that Jim Clark's name will always be mentioned and it's an honour to know that he started his career in the northeast of Scotland.
"Our intention for the weekend is not just to commemorate Jim's tragically short life, but to instead celebrate his inspiration that continues to live on to this day, which has been proven in the huge interest shown in the tribute weekend so far.
"It will also be a big weekend for BriSCA, because Cowdenbeath will be running their world qualifier the night before ours, so there should be a good crowd of F2 drivers from all over Britain attending.
"It is a great opportunity to showcase motor sport up north.
"They've got Goodwood in the south, but no major event up here to show people what they could be getting involved with.
"We are hoping to get some old Jim Clark machinery there, too."
The organisers have combined both aspects of Crimond's motor sport history, as well as several classic racers, including a Lotus raced by Clark team-mate Pete Arundel.
Admission for either day costs £6 for adults and £2 for children, and family tickets are available for £15.