September’s 20th Revival Meeting will feature daily on-track tributes to the legendary Scottish race team Ecurie Ecosse.
JUL 13th 2017
Revival 2017 to celebrate Ecurie Ecosse with on‑track tributes!
Many of the single-seaters and sportscars raced by David Murray’s Edinburgh-based squad and its roster of aces during the 1950s and early-’60s will be shown off at the Motor Circuit on September 8th-10th.
Businessman and motorsport enthusiast Murray started the team at the end of 1951 and ran Cooper and Connaught machinery in three British Grands Prix at Silverstone for himself, Ian Stewart, Jimmy Stewart (brother of three-time World Champion Jackie) and Leslie Thorne.
Later in the decade, Ecurie Ecosse hit the international headlines when its Jaguar D-types took back-to-back Le Mans 24 Hour victories. Three of the 11 original long-nose D-types, all run at Le Mans by Ecurie Ecosse, will have Jaguar and endurance-racing disciples wide-eyed and open-mouthed as they lap Goodwood in formation, harking back to the glory days of 1956-’57 in which Ron Flockhart, Ivor Bueb and Ninian Sanderson and their blue-and-white Jaguars trumped rivals.
Among the other significant Ecurie Ecosse cars set to appear at the Revival are the Ecosse Imp F3 car, the Jaguar-engined Tojeiro that raced at Le Mans in 1959, a Cooper-Monaco entered for the French enduro in the early 1960s, the little Austin-Healey Sprite and a rare Tojeiro EE-Buick.
With pipe-band accompaniment, the cars will take to the track for high-speed runs on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday featuring a parade of the iconic blue cars, some of the personalities involved with the original team, including 88-year-old works and Ecurie Ecosse mechanic Ron Gaudion, and an appearance by the fabulous Selby Howgate-designed, Falkirk-built double-decker Commer transporter used by Ecurie Ecosse in period.
Never before has such a comprehensive gathering of Ecurie Ecosse machinery been aired together, so it’s bound to be an unmissable treat for enthusiasts on both sides of the border.
Photography courtesy of LAT Images