ECURIE ECOSSE

Ecurie Ecosse (team Scotland) was started in 1951 as a partnership between racing driver David Murray and mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson who started racing a Cooper in Formula One and later moved on to racing sports cars. They were the pride of Scotland, especially with their crowning achievement of winning Le Mans for Jaguar in 1956 and 1957. They continued to race a variety of cars in ther traditional flag blue with a white nose stripe, but without the same success. Wilkinson eventually moved on to BRM and the original team stopped racing in 1962. In its first revival, Ecurie Ecosse team entered cars in Formula Two from 1969-1971 and in 1971 employed a new driver named Tom Walkinshaw. The team had little success. Scottish racing enthusiast Hugh McCaig, along with friend Graham Gould revived the team a second time in the 1980's, winning the World Sportscar Championship for Class C2 in 1986. The team partnered with Aston Martin in 1989 to again contest Le Mans, before moving on to the British Touring Car Championship. McCaig's team began racing again in 2011 with an Aston Martin DBR9S, 25-years after the World Sportscar Championship in 1986. In a departure from British cars, the team has been running a BMW in GT3 races in Europe and plans to contest that class at Le Mans in 2014.

1953 XK120-C (C-Type): Ecurie Ecosse purchased the Jaguar team cars from the 1953 season and raced them extensively in 1954. This car (XKC053) finished second at Le Mans in 1953. It was raced at the Spanish GP support race for sports cars and finished 3rd with Ninan Sanderson at the wheel.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): This car (XKC052) was raced by Roy Salvadori at the Spanish GP race at Barcelona, narrowly being beaten by Ferrari. At Le Mans in 1953, this car finished 4th and had a long, successful race history.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): James Scott Douglas was unable to start the Spanish GP race due to engine problems. Engine problems did not prevent XKC051 from winning Le Mans in 1953, its most glorious racing moment.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43

1953 XK120-C (C-Type): Purchased from the Jaguar works by Ecurie Ecosse to campaign in the 1954 season, this car (XKC 502) was one of the most successful for the Scottish team. Driven by Jimmy Stewart (older brother to Sir Jackie Stewart) to several wins, including two wins at the BARC Goodwood races in May of 1954. Repainted flag blue by Ecurie Ecosse when acquired in late 1953, it was the Jaguar works car which finished 4th at Le Mans in 1953 driven by Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart. It was driven by Ian Stewart along with Jimmy Stewart in its first race for EE in Argentina, where it crashed. While after it was repaired it was driven primarily by Jimmy Stewart, it was also driven by a list of notable drivers for Ecurie Ecosse including Duncan Hamilton, Tony Rolt, Roy Salvadori, Ninian Sanderson, & Peter Walker. It was subsequently sold to Peter Blond, who campaigned the car with further success until 1956.
Model by CMC 1/18

1953 XK120-C (C-Type): Roy Salvadori won at Goodwood in 1954 driving this Ecurie Ecosse C-Type. Salvadori was one of the great all-round drivers of his era. He competed in F1, co-drove the winning Aston at Le Mans in 1959 and had a successful career in saloon car racing.
Model by JAGUAR MODEL CLUB 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): This C-Type (XKC502) started life as a Jaguar team car at Le Mans in 1953, where it finished 4th in the hands of Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart. It was sold to Ecurie Ecosse for the 1954 season and was one the team C-Types driven throughout that 1954 season by the Scottish team. It was paired with team car of Roy Salvadori's for the Goodwood International in 1954, finishing 4th driven by Desmond Titterington. The car was sunsequently sold by Ecosse as they graduated to D-Types in 1955 to Peter Blond who raced it with success until the end of the 1956 season.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1955 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): The Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse entered their car (XKD501) alongside the factory team entries at Le Mans in 1956. Attrition took the factory team out of the race, but the D-Type of Ron Flockhart and Ninan Sanderson prevailed to take first and a tremendous win for the Ecosse team.
Model by IXO 1/43
1956 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): Using an ex-works D-type (XKD 606) prepared by Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse once again finished first at Le Mans in 1957, with the team of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb at the wheel. Jaguar had stopped its factory racing program, but was actively supplying cars and assistance to private teams. It was Jaguar's year, as six D-Types finished in the top seven places.
Model by IXO 1/43

1955 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): The Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse entered their car (XKD501) alongside the factory team entries at Le Mans in 1956. Attrition took the factory team out of the race, but the D-Type of Ron Flockhart and Ninan Sanderson prevailed to take first and a tremendous win for the Ecosse team.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1956 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): Using an ex-works fuel-injected D-type (XKD 606) prepared by Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse once again finished first at Le Mans in 1957, with the team of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb at the wheel. Jaguar had stopped its factory racing program, but was actively supplying cars and assistance to private teams. It was Jaguar's year, as six D-Types finished in the top seven places.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1956 D-Type: Ecurie Ecosse entered a second ex-works D-Type (XKD603) at Le Mans in 1957, with Ninian Sanderson and John 'Jock' Lawrence sharing the driving duties. They finished second to their sister car. This D-Type had the 3.4L DOHC six-cylinder as oppossed to the other team car which had the newer 3.8L engine.The Ecurrie Ecosse 1-2 sweep at Le Mans was Ecurie Ecosse's crowning glory.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43
1955 D-Type: Ecuire Ecosse entered the same D-Type (XKD 501) they used to win Le Mans in 1956, in the 1957 Mille Miglia driven solo by Ron Flockhart. Unlike at Le Mans, the car did not finish.
Model by CARRERA 1/32

1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar: (1959 Le Mans) Impressed by the Tojeiro Mk II, Ecurie Ecosse engaged Tojeiro to build a car they would run alongside their Lister-Jaguar in 1958. Toj designed a longer wheelbase chassis than his previous Jaguar powered car, which helped cure the twitchy handling of the earlier chassis. Powered by the 3.0L DOHC six-cylinder Jaguar XK engine, the new Tojeiro-Jaguar was faster than Ecurie Ecosse's Lister or Jaguar D-Types. For 1959, this car was built specifically for Le Mans. The team had high hopes for a repeat win there after a strong showing by the older Tojeiero-Jaguar in races leading up to Le Mans. Driven by veteran drivers and Le Mans winner Ron Flockhart with Jock Lawrence, they were running in 4th place when the troublesome 3.0L Jaguar XK engine developed a water leak and the engine seized in the 11th hour.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43
1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar (Goodwood TT, : John (Toj) Tojeiro was a brilliant engineer and racing car designer, whose innovations helped to revolutionize race car design. Toj built the first of four Tojeiro-Jaguar's in 1956 in collaberation with Ecurie Ecosse. Bodywork was sketched by famous seascape artist Cavendish Morton and formed into a streamlined aluminum body without the benefit of actual drawings! In its second race at the Goodwood TT, it was driven by a young Jim Clark and was crashed into a sandbank by co-driver Masten Gregory and subsequently written off. For the TT, the car here was powered by a larger 3.8L Jaguar six-cylinder XK engine with fuel injection.
Model by PINKO 1/43
1961 Cooper T57 Monaco MkII: Tom Dickson and Bruce Halford drove this Ecurie Ecosse entry at Le Mans in 1961. Halford lost control and crashed in the rain under the Dunlop Bridge on the 32nd lap. They were in 7th place at the time and moving up the grid. With a 2.5L , four cylinder engine producing 260bhp, the Cooper was a successful part of the Ecosse stable of cars. Jackie Stewart raced the car in 1963 and scored eight consecutive wins, which ultimately earned him a F3 ride with Ken Tyrrell. The rest as they say, is history.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1961 Sebring Sprite: The Le Mans winning Ecurie Ecosse team was nearing the end of its run when David Murray talked Donald Healey into letting him "borrow"one of their works Sprites at Le Mans in 1961. Why they chose a Sprite to run alongside their Cooper Monaco is a subject left for speculation. The Sprite was one of the works cars that has run at the Sebring 4-hour race that year, finishing 3rd with Walt Hansgen at the wheel. According to Geoff Healey, the 948 cc engined Sprite had a longer fiberglass nose fit for Le Mans, but otherwise other than being pained in Ecosse blue, remained as run at Sebring. Le Mans winner Ninian Sanderson was joined by William MacKay to pilot the Healey. In heavey rain, MacKay crashed at White House on the 40th lap of the race, taking the Healey out early in the race.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1962 Tojeiro EE Endurance (Le Mans, 1962: In February 1962 David Murray, patron of Ecurie Ecosse, contracted John Tojeiro on a very short deadline to make two small coup├ęs in which to contest Le Mans in June. It was determined that the chassis could be made from a widened and strengthened Tojeiro F2 rear-engine chassis with aluminum bodywork. Scottish artist Cavendish Morton who had designed previous Tojeiro cars, was once again enlisted to design the body of the new cars. It was determined that the cars would be powered by a Coventry Climax FPF DOHC aluminum 4-cylinder engine of 2.5L (240bhp), opting not to bore the engine out to 2.7L which had proven successful at Indianapolis for the sake of reliability. Brakes were Dunlop discs used on Ferrari f1 cars. The only suitable transmission and transaxle to both fit the chassis and handle the engine torque was from the team's Cooper Monaco, so it was installed for Le Mans.
Model by MEAKIT43 1/43
1962 Tojeiro EE Endurance (Le Mans, 1962: The Tojeiro EE Endurance became the first professionally built rear-engine GT Prototype. The short time frame to build the car required hasty completion of the aluminum bodywork required continuous modification before much testing could commence. As a result, only one car was completed and both cars were sent to Le Mans the Monday before the race unpainted. The second car (sans engine and gearbox) would serve as a source of spares. In route to Le Mans, the team's Commer transporter slid on a greasy road and hit a stone wall, which badly dented the body panels of the car to run at Le Mans. Repaired and painted just before scrutineering, the car was passed after some minor modification to its door hinges to pass the "box test", which required a larger door opening into the cockpit to accept the infamous wooden box.
Model by MEAKIT43 1/43
1962 Tojeiro EE Endurance (Le Mans, 1962: For the race itself, the car started 26th with British drivers Tommy Dickson and Jack Fairman taking turns at the wheel. By the end of the first hour, they had worked up to 17th and continued to run in mid-pack. After running well for eight hours, the gearbox seized at White House, ending their race. It would be the last time the original Ecurie Ecosse team would run at Le Mans. After, plans were made for the cars to be fitted with new Buick small alloy block V8 engines and Corvair transmissions. The second chassis was so equipped, and its tuned engine produced 228 bhp. Run in national and club races in 1963, a young Jackie Stewart took the cars only win at Charterhall before it was destroyed in a crash by Doug Graham at Snetterton.
Model by MEAKIT43 1/43
1962 Tojeiro EE Endurance (Le Mans, 1962: The first chassis and Le Mans car was eventually converted to Buick power as well. Jackie Stewart had several good results in the car, winning at Snetterton and setting the GT lap record at Oulton Park. In 1964, the car was equipped with a 4.7L Ford V8 engine, which is how its equipped today. It was driven by Stewart and John Coundley , where if it didn't retire, it finished in the top three places. Briefly, the car was converted to an open sports racer in 1966, where it was reported to handle very well and was leading a race at Silverstone before it suffered rear end failure. A major crash with Bill Stein at the wheel at Brands Hatch ended its racing career. The car was reunited with its original roof and fully restored in 1993, after having been owned by current Ecosse patron Hugh McCaig. It is a regular at vintage racing events such as Goodwood Revival, where it has continued its winning ways.
Model by MEAKIT43 1/43


The New Ecurie Ecosse 1980 to Present
1984 Ecosse C284: Hugh McCaig resurected Ecurie Ecosse in 1983, when he bought a de Cadenet Lola. Ray Mallock extensively modified the chassis and fit new bodywork to the car, making it the Ecosse C284, powered by a 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 engine for Group C2 racing. At Le Mans in 1984, Mike Wilds was teamed with David Leslie and David Duffield and the Ecosse proved to be the fastest C2 in practice with a speed over 200 mph. The team suffered fuel pump failure in the 7th hour and did not finish. Three weeks later, the car was written off in an accident at Brands Hatch.
Model by AUTOMANY 1/43
1989 Aston Martin AMR1: Aston Martin and Ecurie Ecosse partnered together under the name Protech to campaign in Group 6 prototype racing, build 5 chassis powered by 5.3L AM V8 engines which were subsequently enlarged to 6.0L and produced 600 hp. Brian Redman, Michael Roe and Costas Los drove Chassis#AMR1 02 to 11th place at Le Mans in 1989. The car was uncompetitive and by the end of the season, Protech was gone.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1989 Aston Martin AMR1: The second Ecurie Ecosse entry at Le Mans in 1989 was driven by David Leslie, Ray Mallock and David Spears. They exited the race in the 10th hour due to faulty electronics. After Le Mans, this car (Chassis #03) was only used for practice in select rounds of the World Prototype Championship in 1989.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1993 Vauxhall Cavalier 16V: Ray Mallock (RML) had a good relationship with Ecurie Ecosse, having campaigned their C2 cars in the Sportscar World Championship. RML entered touring car racing in 1992 by preparing two semi-works cars for Ecurie Ecosse in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). RML also prepared the cars for the works team, Vauxhall Sport. In 1993, the Ecosse team drivers were David Leslie and Harry Nutall. Leslie finished 8th in the Drivers Championship with a win at Thruxton and four poles on the season. He also won the TOCA Shoot-out, famous for the Nigel Mansell crash in a Mondeo. The 2.0L Cavalier developed 290 bhp, delivered through a 6-speed sequential gearbox and AWD.
Model by RACING REPLICAS 1/43

2000 Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR: Ecurie Ecosse in conjunction with PK Sport entered this 996 (911 GT3-RS) at Sebring in 2003, in preparation for a run at Le Mans later that year. It was driven at Sebring by Ian Donaldson, Bart Hayden and Gregor Fisken. The car finished 35th overall and 15th in the GT class. It was raced at the Le Mans test, was entered but did not arrive at Le Mans; although it ran at The Le Mans 1000 km later in the year and finished 13th. Prior to 2003, the car was run in the FIA GT Championship in 2000 and the the European Le Mans series in 2001-2002 with Hayden as one of the principal drivers. The car continued to be raced in Europe until 2005.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
2001 Saleen S7R (RML): Built by Saleen Automotive, the S7R is a high performance mid-engined supercar produced from 2000-2007. Powered by an aluminum Ford 7.0L twin-turbo V8, the S7R produced 750 hp and had a top speed of 248 mph. S7R's were entered in the American and European Le Mans series. Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) assembled the first few S7-Rs under the supervision of Saleen's engineering team in their workshops in Britain. This car was campaigned in Europe for the 2001 season by RML. For Le Mans thatyear, it was co-sponsored by Ecurie Ecosse and driven by Johnny Mowley, Ian Kellar and Bruno Lambert. They failed to finish due to engine failure after 175 laps. The team did quite well in the 2001 season with several class wins. In 2002, the car was sold to Graham Nash Motorsport and campaigned through 2005.
Model by IXO
2011 Aston Martin DBR9S: The 24 Hours of Spa was part of the Blancpain Endurance Race series in 2011. It was the 67th runniung of this great event. Ecurie Ecosse entered this Aston in the team's return to racing after 25 years. Alasdair McCaig, Andrew Smith, Joe Twyman and Oliver Bryant drove the 6.0L V12 GT-3 Pro-Am class entry to 20th overall position, 9th in class. The evergreen DBR9S continues to be the only Aston Martin racing cars competing in international motorsports as of 2012, AMR having dropped their LMP1 racing projects.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2014 BMW Z4 E89 GT3: Entered at Spa for the 24 hours in 2014, by Hugh McCaig's Ecurie Ecosse team, the entry driven by Andrew Smith, Alasdair McCaig, Oliver Bryantand Alexander Sims finished 7th. The Scotish team began racing the 4.4L V8 powered (515 bhp) Z4 in 2011 after running Aston Martins since the famed team's revival in 2008. The team has faired very well in European GT3 races on the Blancpain Endurance Series and has continued that success into the 2015 season. #278 of 300 models made.
Model by SPARK 1/43



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