DEC 02nd 2013

Video: Ecurie Ecosse's journey to the end of an era

Somewhere in Buckinghamshire, Sunday, December 1st: we climb aboard a 1959 Commer TS3 car transporter for a road trip to London. It is a special day, one that the Commer’s owner, Dick Skipworth, has allowed us to share with him.

This may well be Dick’s last ride in the big transporter. We are heading for New Bond Street and the Bonhams auction house. Where it will be sold. Along with Dick’s collection of seven historic racing cars, which are already in London.

It is fitting the transporter is the last to arrive. It is the cornerstone of the collection, a fully functioning period piece immortalised for schoolboys by a Corgi model in the 1960s and a beloved part of any historic racing paddock today. Not having it around any more – what a wonderful sight it has been at Goodwood over the years – is unthinkable. Never was driving to the smoke in a two-stroke commercial vehicle more poignant.

Blue, of course, is the colour. Officially, Flag Metallic Blue. Along with the Saltire, the livery is enough to tell you at once the provenance here. It is one synonymous with the greatest drivers and greatest races, and with Scotland. Double Le Mans winners Ecurie Ecosse no less.

Now the whole shooting match – C and D-types, XK120, Tojeiro Jag and Buick, and yes the exquisite three-car transporter that carried them to historic races in this country and overseas – is for sale. And we are up in the cab driving to London in it for this final journey to watch them all go…

What happened on the run to London and when the gavel fell? Watch the video…

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