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East Anglia Lotus Club celebrate life of motor racing legend Jim Clark

Motor-racing enthusiasts were given the chance to learn more about Scottish farmer and two-time world motor-racing champion Jim Clark at a special celebration of his most successful sporting season.

The East Anglia Lotus Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of Clark’s unbeatable 1965 season –during which he won his second Formula One World Championship, Tasman Championship and also became the first Briton to win the Indianapolis 500 race – with a Jim Clark Lotus Day.

The event – which was held yesterday at the Forum, in Norwich – featured Clark’s championship-winning Tasman series race car as well as an IndyGoGo500 Dragon, which will feature as part of the GoGoDragons! trail later this month in aid of the charity Break, in the livery of the Indianapolis car which he achieved the historic success in the 1965 US race.

Mark Rolph, secretary of the East Anglia Lotus Club, said: “It’s gone brilliantly. We’re very pleased with the interest that’s been shown from young and old, parents and children. A lot of people have learned about Jim Clark.”

Owen Wright, a member of the club and Classic Team Lotus, was the artist behind IndyGoGo500, which took him about three months to complete, and also helped organise the day.

He said: “It was my suggestion to put an event on here.

“It is the 50th anniversary of this particular year which was very successful with the Indy 500 win, which is what the dragon has on the car.

“I said ‘let’s combine the two’, so people got to see the both the cars and the dragon.”

The IndyGoGo500 Dragon, sponsored by Mayday, is part of the GoGoDragons! 2015 Wild In Art event and one of over 80 dragons that will be seen on the streets of Norwich between June and October 2015 before eventually being auctioned in aid of the children’s charity, BREAK

Michael Rooney, chief executive of Break, said the dragon had been a “draw” for people attending the event.

He said: “Mayday are the company that sponsor the dragon and we’re grateful to them for their support and its helped raise the profile of the trail.”

In addition to celebrating what was a stunning season for Clark, who died in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim, Germany, in April 1968, there was a display of some of Norfolk’s finest Lotus sports cars provided by club members as well as Lotus Cars, including the famed Esprit, rare Eclat, eye-catching Europa, old and new Elans, and the four-seater Excel.

Log onto www.eastanglialotusclub.org to find out more about the club.

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