Jim's first Formula One Drivers' World Championship came driving the Lotus 25 in 1963, winning seven out of the ten races and Lotus its first Constructors' World Championship.
This page, covering both racing at Charterhall and a list of known vehicles driven by Jim in 1963, is not populated at present however the following is very significant.
Insofar as Jim Clark history, cars and dates go 1963 was a plentiful year. Famously photographed at his Edington Mains farmhouse early in 1963 with no leaves on the trees, Jim sits on his first Lotus Elan. Given to Jim by Lotus, 997 NUR was the first production Elan i.e. 1963 Series 1, Unit No. 001. It is written that the car was known to Jim as the "National Union of Railways". The car was then bought by Ian Scott-Watson. Jim's most famous Lotus Cortina 550 VAR was registered 167 RUR on May 8th 1963. Last but not least, as stated at the top of this page, Jim's first World Championship was won with the Lotus 25 in 1963, an engine seizure robbing him of the title in 1962.
Jim went on to have a second and third Elan namely CRO 291B, 1964 Series 1 Unit No. 3387 in Cirrus white with a Harold Radford Conversion. The car was stolen. Next came the Bahama yellow NLD 550E, 1967 Series 3 Special Equipment Unit No. 36/6778 LHD. The car now belongs to Peter Windsor.
Right lads, make the most of it as this is the last time!
Ian Scott-Watson always pleased to be reunited with his old ex Jim Clark Lotus Elan 997 NUR on the second day of the 50th Anniversary Event outside the Jim Clark Room. The car was to be was to be parked outside the Loretto Chapel before, during and after the Chapel Service on April 22nd along with Jim's yellow Lotus Elan S3 SE, both of which are shown below on April 7/8 at Duns and Chirnside during the 50th anniversary event.
The two Elans at Duns (above) and Chirnside (below) in April 2018
Brian Buckland author of "THE REBUILDING OF A LOTUS ELAN" behind the wheel in Newtown Street on 17th May 2015
THE INFORMATION SHEETS BELOW ARE FROM THE 2014 EXHIBITION IN DUNS LIBRARY
The following photographs were taken at Knockhill on 24th August 2014
550 VAR was part of the TWR COLLECTION auctioned in 2003 LINK
A really nice man, Will Payton above and below on track behind Andy Middlehurst's KPU 396C preceded by Doug Niven in his Lotus Elite