PLANS to hold an annual celebration of Scotland’s motorsport champions on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond have been unveiled.

The idea comes from Helensburgh resident John Black, who hopes the first event – scheduled to take place on June 2 and 3 – will help raise funds to improve services at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria.

Mr Black says the 2018 event will feature the four most significant cars in the career of Jim Clark, Formula 1 world champion in 1963 and 1965 and winner of the 1965 Indianapolis 500.

Mr Black was a schoolmate of Scottish racing legend Clark, who died in an accident at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany 50 years ago next month.

The cars he hopes to have on display at the June event are the Lotus 25 in which Clark won the 1963 world championship, the Lotus 33 he drove to the 1965 title, the Lotus 49 which Clark raced to victory in the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix, and the Lotus Ford 38 which Clark pedalled to his historic 1965 Indy 500 success.

Mr Black also says he hopes to hold a demonstration hillclimb event on the Rest and Be Thankful – a historic motorsport venue in its own right through long-standing links with Scottish rallying events – on both days of the weekend, before the focus switches to the shores of Loch Lomond, at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Other exotic street and racing cars will be invited to participate in the static display event.

If the 2018 event is a success, Mr Black hopes to be able to feature the cars of other notable Scottish drivers, such as Sir Jackie Stewart, Allan McNish and David Coulthard, in future years.