Standing proudly amid this historic assemblage of the various Ecurie Ecosse racing machinery are Dick Skipworth, John Pearson and Barrie Williams.
Photo: Pete Austin
A million clichés come to mind. Giant killer is probably the worst, pummelled to death by a thousand newspaper hacks, but that’s exactly what the original Ecurie Ecosse was. A meteor that came from nowhere and took the world’s endurance motor racing crown—twice.
It was a shoestring operation working out of a tiny garage in the backstreets of Edinburgh, Scotland, but it blasted works teams like Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche right out of the water. A handful of Scots running second-hand D-Type Jaguars that beat the cream of the world’s motor racing at their own game to win the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and 1957.
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