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Unique Clark 'trophy' finally goes on display after 49 years

F1 legend Jim Clark won the F1 drivers' championship in 1963 and 1965 and received a unique helmet during his career.

Jim Clark 1964 British Grand Prix win Brands Hatch
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A unique trophy gifted to two-time F1 world champion Jim Clark is set to go on display in Duns, situated in the country he was born, Scotland.

The specific trophy going on display in Duns at the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum is a gold helmet he was presented with in 1965, for winning the F1 title and the Indianapolis 500 that year.

Clark's golden helmet trophy will be displayed in Duns for the next three years, with it being hailed as legendary by the museum's assistant curator Andrew Tulloch.

"It's almost legendary. It's never been displayed before and if I hadn't seen it in books, I'd never really believe it existed," said Tulloch as reported by UK broadcaster ITV.

"Over the years, myself and my team have been asked, do you have this helmet? and we can now say that we do."

One-of-a-kind

Born in 1936 before sadly passing in an F2 accident in 1968, Clark claimed his first F1 title in 1963. His 1965 F1 and Indy 500 double though is particularly iconic, as no driver has replicated the feat since.

Clark raced for Lotus from 1960-1968 and it was actually its fuel sponsor Esso who gifted Clark the golden helmet trophy.

The helmet features a map of the world and a blue sapphire on Scotland, whilst it also has stones on South Africa, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany – the six countries he claimed victory in on his way to the 1965 F1 title.

For the museum, it has been a mission getting hold of the trophy and, most importantly, finding the correct case to display it in.

"We've had to go to quite a lot of lengths and planning to get the right kind of display case to display it in the right manner. It's quite stunning when you look at it close. The photographs in books don't do it justice.

"There's not another trophy like it in the world."

The trophy can be viewed by clicking the link here.

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