Articles tagged David Murray

Page 98 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, July 2010

Keeping up appearances

Ecurie Ecosse was famed for its Le Mans success, but when patron David Murray fled abroad the inevitable question was – why? by Eric Dymock  Wine merchant, pub owner and chartered accountant – David Murray was all of those. He was also a passionate motor sport enthusiast who turned a small Edinburgh garage business into a racing team which lifted two Le Mans victories from under the noses of big-...

Page 66 of March 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, March 1998

Double Scotch

In the first of an occasional series about great privateer race teams, Gordon Cruickshank remembers Ecurie Ecosse, the National team with International appeal and two Le Mans wins National racing teams don't usually inspire loyalties outside their own country, for obvious reasons. But the tale of Ecurie Ecosse, proudly Scottish from beginning to end, is one which inspired support right across...

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D-type approval

Andrew Frankel drove the most original factory D-type of all in the Le Mans Classic parade, then opened it up on William Lyons's favourite testing ground the English country road Words: Andrew Frankel. Photography: Ian Fraser For a moment, it was real. This was race day at Le Mans and I was in XKD605, the last but one of the works D-types. If I looked ahead, all I could see was Mulsanne straight...

Page 27 of August 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, August 1957

Les Vingt-Quatre Heures Du Mans

A REVIEW Le Mans (Sarthe), June 23rd. This year the Le Mans 24-hour race returned to its normal status of counting towards the Manufacturers' Championship for Sports Cars, because the Automobile Club de l'Ouest wisely decided to drop the limitations on fuel consumption and engine capacity, that they imposed last year. As a result all the important manufacturers entered strong teams of cars and...

Page 5 of October 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 5, October 2001

Obituary

Obituary 'Wilkie' Wilkinson Walter Ernest 'Wilkie' Wilkinson,who has died aged 98, came from an era of riding mechanics and wizard engine tuners, whose painstaking work contributed to automotive know-how until more formal research and technology overtook them. A distinguished mechanic at the Evans' Bellevue Garage, and with Reg Pamell in the 1930s, Wilkie also enjoyed success as a racing driver...

Page 36 of May 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, May 1985

Tojeiro

The way in which John Tojeiro became a constructor is typical of the Fifties — he built a special intending to race it himself then first one, then another, customer arrived on his doorstep and suddenly he was no longer a special builder but a small scale constructor. Ironically, he never did get round to racing one of his own cars. Although little more than 30 Tojeiros were ever built, and...

Page 43 of November 1964 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, November 1964

The private teams

Part 4 Ecurie Ecosse Probably the best known of all private teams, ranking with the Rob Walker Team in winning major International races ahead of works teams. The team has specialised mostly in sports cars but has also raced single-seaters and GT cars. The team has been associated with Jaguar Cars in most of their successes, first with the C-type and later with the D-type which won for them the...

Page 54 of July 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, July 2005

Out of the blue

This Tojeiro pioneered the 'cart-before-the-horse' approach to GTs as Paul Parker explains Ecurie Ecosse's Tojeiro-Climax is a landmark car in the history of European sportscar racing. When it appeared in 1962, it was arguably the first professionally-constructed, rear-engined (and closed-roof) GT prototype and was one year ahead of the Lola effort that formed the basis of the iconic GT40. From...

Page 34 of September 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, September 1957

Miscellaneous

Does Your Club Need Marshals? The Oxford University M.D.C. has a training scheme for marshals which fits their members to marshal at events up to Grand Prix standard, according to a letter addressed to us by the Club's Secretary, Kenneth H. Ross. He feels strongly that it is a duty of a University Motor Club to train enthusiasts of above-average intelligence to the standard necessary for them to...

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Unlucky Jim

Brother Jackie eventually took all the plaudits, but it was Jimmy Stewart who first staked a claim to racing success. Eric Dymock recalls life with the fastest fraternity in Scotland A wintry day at Oulton Park in 1962 seemed unlikely to be the stuff of racing history. The chill wind of recession was biting. Club events had yet to feel the warmth of sponsorship and there was little prospect of...

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