A seemingly unstoppable momentum had been gained due to the availability of ‘fast cats’ off Jaguar’s peg – D-type replacing C-type in 1955 – as well as Dumbarton’s Jimmy Stewart – Jackie’s quick but accident-prone elder brother – Edinburgh’s Ron Flockhart, Glaswegian Ninian Sanderson and, from Aberdeenshire, Jock Lawrence, plus Paisley-born prototype Paralympian Archie Scott Brown and Desmond Titterington, a Scottish-schooled Ulsterman with a Scottish mother. Murray wasn’t averse to hiring ‘incomers’ – Cheltenham garage owner Ivor Bueb or Masten Gregory, aka ‘The Kansas City Flash’ – but his stable was fundamentally chock-a-Jock and all the better for it.
Urbane Flockhart and the more urban Sanderson combined to beat Stirling Moss and Peter Collins, a faster pairing in a slower Aston Martin, to give Ecosse its first Le Mans win and save Jaguar’s face after the dramatic collapse of its works effort. Awarded semi-works status the following year – running two D-types instead of one – it then beat the might of Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati to score a fantastic one-two, Bueb having replaced Sanderson in the lead car and the latter now partnering Lawrence in the second. There was no rancour in the ranks, however, and the victory was due to excellent preparation, swift pit work and a realistic strategy rigorously applied.
Results elsewhere were harder to come by. The slippery D, with its heavy live rear axle, was perfectly adapted to the long straights and smooth surface of Le Mans, but less competitive on less amenable circuits; it shook itself into retirement when Flockhart contested the 1957 Mille Miglia on the pockmarked roads of Italy.
Switching to the lighter spaceframe designs of Cambridge’s Brian Lister and Portuguese-born John Tojeiro helped at national and international Libre levels, but their XK ‘six’ did not sit comfortably at the world championship’s new 3-litre limit. The Toj, however, did provide Jim Clark’s only Ecosse outing, co-driver Gregory ejecting fractions before the car folded expensively against a Goodwood earthwork during the 1959 RAC TT.