Formal approval given for Jim Clark Rally’s return

Published: 31st October 2019

Rally car racing on a country road

We have formally issued a Motor Sport Order for the return of the Jim Clark Rally to closed roads on November 8 and 9 this year.

We have been working closely with the event organisers and partners, including Police Scotland, to prepare for this year’s event.

The response to our consultation earlier this year on the initial event plans was overwhelmingly positive.

Councillor Euan Jardine, Executive Member for Culture and Sport

“A huge amount of work has gone in to enabling the Jim Clark Rally to take place next month, and I congratulate all involved for being able to make this happen.

“We know the organisers are very keen to have the event run at its more traditional time of year in 2020 and we will continue to support them through the planning process for that, which is already underway.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“The return of the Jim Clark Rally, albeit in a shortened format this November, is incredibly welcome as it has been much-missed.

“It is fantastic to have the event back on Jim Clark’s home territory in Berwickshire, particularly following the great success of the opening of the superb Jim Clark Motorsport Museum this year.

“The rally will undoubtedly provide a much-needed economic boost to Duns and the wider Berwickshire area and I’d hope to see that grow as the event develops in future years.

“The Council is absolutely committed to supporting the organisers with their plans for a larger and even more ambitious event next year, including potentially locating some stages in other parts of the Scottish Borders, which could see the significant economic benefits for the Scottish Borders from the competitors, marshals and spectators increase.”

Economic boost

It has been previously estimated that the Jim Clark Rally brought around £3.5million to the Scottish Borders economy every year.

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum will have an additional exhibition on about the rally over the weekend of the event.

More information

Motor Sport Order

The Motor Sport on Public Roads (Scotland) Regulations 2019 states:

Before determining whether to make a Motor Sport Order, a roads authority must consider -

(a) the likely impact of the event on the local community,

(b) the potential local economic and other benefits, and

(c) any other matters that the roads authority considers relevant.

The roads authority may make the motor sport order if satisfied that - 

(a) adequate arrangements have been made to allow the views of the local community to be taken into account,

(b) adequate arrangements have been made to involve local residents, the police and other emergency services in the planning and implementation of the event,

(c) adequate public safety arrangements have been or will be made for the event, and

(d) adequate traffic management arrangements have been or will be made for the event.

Jim Clark Motorsport Museum

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, which opened this summer and is operated by charity Live Borders, has already attracted over 10,000 visitors. It includes two of Jim Clark’s race cars, image galleries, film footage, interactive displays and a simulator. There is also expanded exhibition space showcasing memorabilia and the trophy collection.

Funding for the £1.6million partnership project came from ourselves, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland and The Jim Clark Trust, the latter including a grant from the Fallago Environment Fund and individual donations from around the world.