60 years on from their famous 1-2 finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, a rare occurrence for a privateer, IGNITION showcased some of the iconic cars that made the Ecurie Ecosse name during the late 1950’s, including the Jaguar D-Type which secured the team’s first Le Mans triumph in 1956.
Also appearing at the festival was the new age Ecurie Ecosse Team, fronted by Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. The team recently followed in their predecessor's footsteps when Colin Noble and Tony Wells took to the Circuit de la Sarthe to take part in the ‘Road to Le Mans’, a curtain raiser to June’s main event.
A total of five cars will join Ecurie’s famous Transporter on display:
Ecurie Ecosse D-Type Jaguar, chassis XKD 501 - appearing over sixty years on from its Le Mans 24-Hours victory in 1956. The XKD 501 remains the only Le Mans-winning C or D-Type to have survived intact making it one of the most important and valuable Jaguars in the world. The car still carries the team’s famed signature metallic blue livery with the St. Andrews cross emblazoned on the front fenders.
Ecurie Ecosse C-Type Jaguar - the last C-Type to run in the famous colours of Ecurie Ecosse, the car was bought by Sir James Scott Douglas to race in the 1953 season. Having been restored, this C-Type spent many years in the USA before its current owner brought it back to the UK in 2006. More recently, it competed in the Mille Miglia twice as part of the Jaguar Heritage team.
Ecurie Ecosse transporter – developed in the years following the teams’ 1-2 finish at Le Mans 24-Hours in 1957, the transporter was commissioned to further support Ecurie’s blossoming success. The unique design housed a lower deck enclosed at the front with sleeping accommodation and space for one car. Hydraulic ramps were installed to raise a further two cars to the upper level where the cars stretched out over the cab. The transporter was eventually finished in time for the 1960 motor racing season and has become synonymous with the Ecurie Ecosse name.
Ecosse-Rover (Chassis 003) ‘Reggie’ - the car made its debut at the Silverstone 1000kms race meeting in 1986 where it led the Group C2 class until it retired. Later in the season, however, it scored three Group C2 wins, the final one being at the Fuji circuit in Japan where Ray Mallock and Belgian driver Marc Duez gave Ecurie Ecosse the C2 World Championship. This Ecosse was named ‘Reggie’ because that was the nickname of the Rover car owned by the father of Team Manager Richard Williams.
Vauxhall Cavalier, 1993 BTCC Car – driven by Scottish driver David Leslie in the 1993 BTCC alongside Tiff Needell, Harry Nuttall and Chris Goodwin. Leslie secured 4 pole positions and one race win that year with Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall taking 2nd place in the Manufacturers Championship.
Ligier LMP3 – representing the modern day face of Ecurie Ecosse, the Ligier LMP3 currently races in both the Henderson LMP3 Cup and The Le Mans Cup. Drivers Colin Noble and Tony Wells recently placed 12th and 15th in the double Road to Le Mans race, the curtain-raiser for the full 24-hour spectacle.