Articles tagged Stan Sproat

Page 48 of November 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, November 1957

Individual Achievements 1957

A tribute to Ecurie Ecosse and Lotus Engineering by Denis Jenkinson A great deal is heard about personal triumphs, but probably the outstanding achievements by individuals during 1957 were the efforts of David Murray and Colin Chapman at Le Mans. I use the term individual loosely, for both gentlemen are the first to point out that their successes at Le Mans were entirely due to the work of a team...

Page 86 of April 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 86, April 2013

Lunch with… Norman Dewis

During 33 years and more than a quarter of a million 100mph miles, Norman Dewis was a dedicated team player who helped make Jaguar great By Simon Taylor Marque loyalty is an old-fashioned concept these days. A driver will swap seats after a season or two, a designer will change teams, an engineer or technician will quietly ask around to tease out available opportunities. Everyone's looking to...

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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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 53 of June 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, June 2004

The technicians' view

D-type voices Stan Sproat joined Ecurie Ecosse in 1952 and became its chief mechanic two years later. Thus he was there throughout the team's glory years. "I went to Jaguar to pick up our first D-type and drove it straight to Silverstone, where it ran a bearing; the second car had no oil filter and I had to use one off a Leyland lorry. The first car was actually owned by Major Thompson of the Ben...

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